I’ll be a beginning farmer; I’m working currently as a gardener. My end goal is to create a farm business called Yarrow Gardens, that showcases and sells Yarrow and Yarrow-based products, raising consciousness about this extraordinary plant. I’ve registered that business name in Oregon. Incidentally, I’m a trained graphic designer, so I design my own graphics and marketing materials.
I’m very open to working on someone’s flower farm or nursery/greenhouse to gain experience.
Stage 1) Rent farmland to grow organic white medicinal Yarrow for production, selling fresh and dried cut flowers and herbal tea, and possibly other products. Also growing chamomile and possibly lavender (and ?) for the tea. I’m also beginning a separately-branded companion business selling screen-printed garments and (mostly organic linen) home decor with a garden/floral theme, that may eventually come under the Yarrow Gardens brand; or I may sell new designs under the Y.G. brand and keep the other one separate. See Summer Morning Studio Facebook page for visuals. All the above items will be sold at farmers’ markets, home & garden shows, and possibly flower festivals.
Stage 2) Own up to probably 10 acres, create a demonstration semi-prairie garden showcasing decorative varieties of Yarrow, to promote water-conscious gardening — and because I passionately love Yarrow. I’m a big fan of the gardener Piet Oudolf, for those familiar with him. This garden would become available for weddings and photography sessions. Continue production of medicinal Yarrow and add organic production of colored varieties for fresh and dried cut flowers propagated from cuttings, and *possibly* also nursery plants. I’m assuming this would require a greenhouse for propagation.
Full sun to mostly sunny, water, electricity if I'm going to put a trailer on it, shed or other space for drying flowers. Certified organic is preferable.
Very minimal -- I lived with relatives as a child who were 'back-to-the-landers' and raised and grew their own food.
Lease land that I can grow sun-loving perennials and herbs on, a small enough parcel that I can work it with a tiller and minimal need for a tractor - i.e. I don't mind renting one but not very often, and I won't be able to buy one.
See my description above. Own my own land with a large demonstration garden and 2-5 acres under production and probably a greenhouse, preferably that either has a house or that I can build a house on. Possibly a location where I could have a gift shop on the property, but I don't think there are many locations where that would be possible; and I may decide that I don't ever want to hire that many people.
I would like a property that I could live on in a trailer, or that's owned by someone from whom I could rent a room or other amount of living space.
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