Begun in 2005, the farm has undergone constant evolution as I've searched for the most profitable alignment of my interests and capabilities with the demand for farm products. These photos represent some of that history as I have settled into primarily selling dahlias and peonies exclusively to the wholesaler Mayesh.
Had split rail with two lines of electric wire put in. It's worked quite well keeping goats in and coyotes out.
An excellent buck.
No rosa multifolia or wild grape left there now.
Just testing ground cover. Will later expand this garden and make a second, all with landscape fabric to keep weeds down.
Used to love doing these and chatting with folks but it was a long day away from the garden.
If things are going well this is how the garden should look with all usable flowers cut and sold.
Surely there was an easier way to get the goat back to the trailer.
These varietals have a tendency to "shatter" - drop all petals at once - so you really have to pick the right ones.
I tried several but between the weather and the time to prep and be at the market, it just wasn't worth it.
Had to get logo stickers and UPC codes and stickers and find the right floral sleeves. Wholesale is a lot easier.
Planted within a day or two of each other, the two middle varieties are clearly not going to be as productive. Every year I try new dahlias to find the prettiest, sturdiest, longest lasting varieties. Notice the drip irrigation and electric chicken fencing along the outside - must haves.
They look great in bunches but a pain to cut and not as valuable as dahlias.
It was my minivan and the tractor-trailers in the loading dock at Heinen's.
or bee balm - smells great but very prone to powdery mildew.
Have expanded production of these highly valuable flowers. They ship well but there is always a demand and they hold in the cooler for weeks in the marshmallow stage.
Love coming across the fauna among the flora.
For years I delivered buckets to retail in my minivan.
My hillside should be perfect for this high value crop. I keep trying.
I use a Coolbot which essentially takes the governor off a window air conditioner. Keep it at about 40 degrees.