Today marks the first day of Fall. It is Greg's and my favorite season and while San Francisco does so many things right, there's no place like the Northeast in the Fall. When we drove out here two years ago one of our favorite parts of the trip was our jaunt through the mountains in Virginia and North Carolina along the Blueridge Parkway, where the leaves were only just starting to change. Fall back East is apple cider and pumpkin picking and football and sweaters and heavy jean jackets.
Here in SF it feels like summertime. Which I guess is okay because this month I begin farming our cute little urban plot at the FloraCultural Society in Oakland. I'm excited to get bulb production underway!
I'll also be going to the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Grower's National Conference in October. I went to the ASCFG's grower school back in March, but I think this go around my brain is really primed to sop up all of the knowledge being spit by farmers with decades of experience under their belts.
Another one of my hats in my new job at the FloraCultural Society is building our network of small, local growers to source from. So far, that mission has taken me on a trip up to see Hedda at Full Bloom Flower Farm in Sebastopol and it's also meant my friend Carra down in Santa Cruz finally came up to visit, backing her big ass pick up into my crazy steep driveway to unload 8 buckets worth of beautiful flowers and branches for the shop.
With the farm and shop duties in Oakland, my days working at Studio Choo have been a little bit more spread out. Every time I do get over there I'm blown away by something new the girls are whipping up. In my mind Jill and Al are the best floral designers I think I'll ever come into contact with. They couldn't do boring if they tried. And Katie, my kindred spirit flower sister, is killing it too! We delivered and installed a wedding just the two of us this past weekend and it turned out so beautifully.
But back to September and it's mountain-moving forces. Last week I finally made the scary, thrilling decision to take the leap into farming and flowering FULL TIME. Ahh!!! There were many factors that made it a hard decision, but in the end I chose not to fight the pull that flowers and the land have on me. A florist I follow posted a Roald Dahl quote last week that sums up what I now know to be true about myself:
"...If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”