It's been a year since I set on this path to becoming a farmer florist. I had passively dreamt about and even spent quiet mornings visualizing (at the 3 Jewels, the most wonderful little Tibetan Buddhist Center in the East Village) what my one-day flower shop would look like back when I lived in New York. It wasn't until I found Jennie Love and watched a video of her crunching through snow on her farm to create a foraged Winter centerpiece, that I realized exactly what I wanted to do. My brain hasn't been able to stop since.
My sights are set on growing back on the East Coast in a few years. Until then, I'm planning and cramming my brain with as much information as I can. With the whole farming thing, it is almost torture having to read about everything in theory without being able to physically apply most of it. It's also interesting spending time with farmers our here in California, where the growing conditions are much more mild than they will be back East.
As part of this path of learning, I'll be attending my 3rd ASCFG event this Monday: the San Jose Grower's intensive...and I can't wait! I'm also secretly thinking of attending Jennie Love's Master Class "The Designer's Cutting Garden" in April if it hasn't sold out by the time I'm ready to pull the trigger.
My foxgloves are getting so tall! As are my campanula (not pictured). Wondering if I should net them?
It's pretty crazy how much information is available out there on growing. It's almost overwhelming. This Spring, since I won't have as much flexibility in my schedule to make the hour and a half drive North or South of the city to farm for the day, I am going to take to my books and quarterlies with the hope that some of it will stick. And when I'm ready to break ground on my own little plot of earth I'll (maybe) know a little bit about what I'm doing.