What is my #1 goal with the flowers? Have my hobby benefit animals!
HOWEVER, I have also experienced so many other benefits:
While visiting a friend in another part of WA I saw honor system roadside flower/vegetable stands and wondered if I could do the same. Not wanting to invest much in case it did not work, my first road side stand sign was just crudely painted on a scrap of wood. Since the concept has proven successful, this winter I improved my signage for year three (see above).
I don't want to start a business or non-profit as I already have a full time job, and this is just my hobby and I want it to stay fun. However, I would like to expand beyond the roadside stand, which has proven limited by hot/smoky days.
So far, 100% of all donations given for my flowers have gone to buy pet food for some folks who sometimes need a little extra help feeding their fur babies.
This year I hope to continue that tradition, but I have a few ideas I want to explore where I trade flowers for donations to animal serving organizations.
My heritage set me up to have an interest in flowers, but I was INSPIRED after reading Erin Benzakein's book:
"Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms" in 2017...click on yellow button to see the book and check out her stunning website.