Hi! I’m Jeni, the person who decided (much to her husband’s chagrin) that we should start a flower farm here on our 7.5 acre property in Midcoast Maine. Please read on to discover more about us, and why I call my farm a love letter.

In my day job, I teach writing, both creative writing and business writing. But this work, which is very important work, is all about my helping others to foster THEIR creativity, and it is also about inspiring others in ways that I often find deplete my own stores. And living through the years of the pandemic while undergoing health battles of my own and supporting a close family member with serious health battles underscored, for me, how fleeting life is.

I started feeling like my children’s childhood was passing my by, and I felt a deep core of sadness.

Flower farm - image of woman with an armload of blooms and sunglasses on her head.

I have hobbies and many of them are creative. I love to write, I love to read, I love to embroider, and I’ve also been learning to knit. But growing flowers at scale brings me such joy. And sharing flowers, filling a jar and tweaking this stem with that stem and this color with that to make a thing of such ephemeral and fleeting beauty – and seeing the joy they bring other people, is a deeply fulfilling experience.

So I spent a winter learning about cut flowers, flower farming, compost, no-till and regenerative agriculture, and more. I learned about seed starting and started nearly every plant we grew our first year from seed in my basement. My husband found and assembled a host of raised beds, and built a network of what we call “Lego beds” on our farm to house our plants. He also planned and laid the landscape fabric for our new peony field.

And in the spring, we planted.

We grew over 400 dahlias in our first year, along with thousands of annuals, including sunflowers, seed grown lisianthus, nigella, cosmos, zinnias, snapdragons, nicotiana, Gomphrena, and more. 2024 will see the addition of over 500 peonies, a dahlia field of over 500 dahlias, new rose plantings, a bevy of magical sweet peas, and more. We also grow a small amount of vegetables, and a not so small amount of tomatoes, because this girl and a tomato sandwich are besties.

While I personally have never farmed in my adult life, and my husband is a city boy, I come from a long line of farmers, and was familiar with some aspects, but I felt passionate about pursuing a way of farming and growing that was different. Long rows of a single plant just doesn’t make sense. It’s like offering the pests a buffet and asking them to do a little conga line down it. Growing a bit more than you need to share some with Mother Nature, interspersing flowers with vegetables, planting for pollinator support – it just made SENSE to me. And it’s so much more beautiful to grow that way.

Because growing like this, in a way that works in harmony with Mother Nature, heals. It heals our little 230 plus year old farm, it heals the area… and it heals us.

I have said, recently, that if you want to live someplace and make it HOME you must put down roots – actual, living roots. And our love for Midcoast Maine is deep, and abiding. I want to fill our soil with so many little roots. My friend Elizabeth recently wondered on Instagram if all gardens aren’t just love letters to our grandmothers, and this strikes deep into my heart. Because yes, indeed, my farm is a love letter – a love letter to my boys, a love letter to Maine, a love letter to you.

All of this is to say – I absolutely love our flower farm and being a flower farmer, from the dreamy days of planning the crops while snow drifts outside, to the physically demanding days trying to get as many plants in the ground as possible, to the beauty and bounty of the harvest.

It just feels… right. And I’m old enough now to listen to that feeling, to lean into it. I want my boys to grow up embracing the seasons, all of them, and knowing how to save seed, and what a tomato seedling looks like vs a snapdragon seed.

I can’t wait to share our farm with you.

If you’d like to learn more about our core values, click here. To join us for a workshop or on farm event, click here.

And if you’re interested in booking flowers for a wedding, click here.

Other inquiries? Just reach out!

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