Well, you've probably put it together that my name is Sarah, that's always the first step of an introduction! I've been married to a 4th generation grain farmer for the last 14 years and we're raising the three boys ages 12, 9 and 5. I've also recently left my career as a Registered Nurse in the local emergency room, to pursue my dream of flower farming and homesteading full time.
I have always had a garden on our acreage on the beautiful Alberta prairies in Wheatland County, but it was only 6 years ago that I started growing cut flowers. What do I mean by "cut" flowers? Well, instead of just planting decorative perennials around our yard, I intentionally planted flowers for the purpose of cutting and harvesting them to enjoy in an arrangement. I hadn't ever really thought about it until I started following some cut flower farmers on Instagram and fell in love.
The first year I planted a little bit of everything and learned what I liked and what I didn't like, and what grew well where we live in our short 100 day growing season in zone 3.
From following more and more flower farmers on Instagram, I quickly learned what I wanted to try growing in my own garden. The best and most frustrating part about growing flowers is learning from all the mistakes I have made, and always wanting to do better.
The first year I grew about 5 dahlias, not knowing really what they were, but I quickly fell in love. The next year I started seeking out certain varieties and planted about 20 dahlias; last year I planted over 100, and this year 1/2 my garden consists of over 400 dahlias---they are definitely the main focus on my farm.
When I'm not busy on the flower farm and tending to our dozens of chickens, ducks and geese, we like to get away to the Okanagan Lake for our annual summer vacation and we like to save up to go to Disneyland every few years too. In the winter, you'll find us at arenas across south/central Alberta as all three of our boys play hockey and we absolutely love it.