To be quite frank, it’s been a hard autumn season. We are having a wake-up call to the menagerie of critters eating our vegetable garden including, but not limited to: 8 different species of caterpillars, a colony of rabbits, deer, and cutworms to name some. Needless to say, after losing half of the vegetables we planted, we felt discouraged and inadequate. Luckily, our flowers are growing elsewhere right now, and they have been growing beautifully.
HOWEVER, in spite of all that, Spring Forth Farm is celebrating a big accomplishment. We provided flowers for our first wedding. We worked hard planning, cutting, and arranging. It was a joy to deliver such beauty to our friends, the bride and groom, on their big weekend. We are thankful that they gave us this opportunity and took a risk with us as we stepped forward into the world of wedding flowers!
This is a good reminder for us that when we are struggling in one part of the farm, we can have a success in another.
Below are pictures of our work including Jonathan’s boutonnieres, Megan’s first bridal bouquet and table arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. Enjoy!
The bridal bouquet.
Megan holding the bridal bouquet.
Small table arrangements packed up and ready to go.
Large table arrangement with celosia.
We love the colors in the large table arrangement.
Large table arrangement featuring our wine zinnias.
Spring Forth Farm is slowly taking shape. Since we got back from vacation, we’ve made a lot of progress getting the land ready for growing. We finished building beds, we put up three-strand deer fencing (more on that in a future post), and the flowers for our first wedding are growing splendidly. Sowing fall-planted flowers and cover crops are our next big projects.
We did plant some fall vegetables, but the reality is that we counted our chickens before they hatched, or perhaps our collards before they were bunched. Like many North Carolina farmers, summer rains set us back 5-6 weeks and we’re having to rethink our plan for this fall. We’re sorry we won’t be selling any vegetable boxes this fall as we had planned.
Like all farmers must do, we are adjusting our plans and moving forward. We will be applying to local farmers markets for 2014. Stay tuned to our blog for farm updates, including where we will be selling next year. Thank you for your encouraging words through this rocky start and we can’t wait to see you at market.