Today is a good day.•
It’s a good day to say goodbye to dahlia flowers but hello to dahlia tubers. Every life has changing seasons, and each is worthy of appreciation.•
It’s a good day to say hello to you all following along on my Instagram journey. Maybe you see things in my flowery world that inspire you towards beauty.
Maybe it’s also a good day to share a few more things about who I am. So... •
1. This week my daughter and I began moving to my partner’s farm here in the same small town of Williams- Seven Seeds Farm. It is an act of love, hope and courage (I keep reminding myself to be brave). Love: for this man, his sons, and the land we’ll share. Hope: for success in joining our lives and families so deeply. Courage: to face the fears of what could go wrong and walk through them.
2. I’m also in the midst of catalog research for putting together the new flower offerings @siskiyouseeds. I’ve been thinking about how so many of our most important flowers, like dahlias, zinnias, cosmos and marigolds all are native to México (Qué viva🇲🇽 !) and how agro-biodiversity correlates to where we find biologically diverse hotspots in our world. Have you ever tried eating a dahlia tuber?! That’s why the indigenous people of México were foraging and cultivating dahlias when the Spanish arrived in the 1700s.
3. I am 42. To say it my head, it sounds surprisingly old. I feel healthy and fairly fit (farming keeps the body moving!) and in my mind I’m much younger. In the Spring when transplanting has me bent over a lot or in the Fall when I’ve lived through the farming season of many long days in the field, I ask myself, how many more years can my body do this? And then I think of my farming mentors or heroes, still doing it every day, and cruising into their 50s, 60s, and 70s. I consider peasant farmers the world over- hoe over shoulder, walking long distances, strong in body...Then I know I am where I want to be with my work- a work that pushes the edges of my physical perseverance; a work that gets richer with the passage of time as my observation skills deepen and my experience with plants, animals, and soil grows. #farmerflorist #organicflowers