$6,000 — Sustainable Floriculture for Local Markets
Sarah will be expanding production of sustainably grown cut flowers from ¼ acre to a full acre field of bottom land on her farm. In order to prepare and maintain a field of this size, she will be purchasing a BSC walk behind tractor, implements, irrigation supplies, seeds and electric fencing materials. With the use of the mechanized equipment, she has structured her expansion so that she will be able to harvest a modest amount for sale during the first year, while building soil and establishing long-term stock. By year two, she will have a significant increase in production and income, increased soil health and fertility, including improved drainage in the bottom field. Demand for American grown, locally produced cut flowers has increased in recent years, from florists to farmers market customers, and those wanting custom bouquets and subscription services.