How to Become a Flower Farmer with Niki Irving
In this episode of the Team Flower Podcast, we are chatting with Niki Irving of Flourish Flower Farm. You’ll hear about Niki’s transition to flower farming, and about how she and her husband found their farmland. We are chatting about the process of starting a small business, and some tips and tools to go about doing so.
Amber Michelle Photography, Blue Bend Photography, Meagan Rolfe Photography, Jessi Nichols Photography
Niki is sharing about how they have adapted a cattle farm to fit their needs for a flower farm, and is giving us a sneak peek into some of the hardships that come with being a grower. Whether you’re a dreaming flower farmer trying to get started, or a seasoned farmer with questions about soil amending and expanding, we’ve got great nuggets for you right here on the the Team Flower Podcast.
Flourish Flower Farm, a specialty cut flower farm and boutique floral design studio, is located in Asheville, North Carolina. After years of working in outdoor education, Niki finally turned the dream of becoming a Farmer-Florist into reality. As the daughter of a landscaper and tree farmer, you could say that Niki's love of plants was inevitable - she loves growing, nurturing and creating beauty. Her husband, William, spent his childhood helping his grandfather tend a giant vegetable garden and he is the master of the farm maintenance tasks. William still has a full-time job off the farm, but he helps Niki make sure the farm is run like a sustainable business and fixes the things that she breaks. Together, they balance a love of nature, hard work, creating beauty and spreading joy at the farm. They believe that flowers make the world a more beautiful, enjoyable place and are inspired by the way a fresh bouquet of flowers lights up someone's entire face. Niki loves creating lush, seasonally-inspired arrangements for weddings and special events with their gorgeous farm fresh flowers, and William is always behind the scenes helping to make it all run smoothly. Flourish Flower Farm is truly their labor of love.
Be sure to pop over to Instagram and follow Niki @flourishflowerfarm.