Dahlia Inspired

Reap (Most of) What You Sow by Sowing Seeds Indoors

Sowing seeds indoors provides an opportunity for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike to create a lush garden that features all manner of heirloom blooms absent from the local nursery. Think of it as an equal opportunity, low-cost endeavor (once you’ve made the first year’s investment of grow lights and heat mats if needed) that provides… Read more

She Can’t Stop Planting

Connecticut-based master and super talented potter Frances Palmer spins handmade ceramics for everyday use. Perhaps best known for her whimsical take on dishware and vases, a lesser-known fact is her lustrous work as a flower gardener. She shares how powerful childhood memories surrounding flowers informs her work as an artisan today. From early childhood, Frances… Read more

Sowing the Sales Seeds to Grow Your Business

I’ve often heard from farmers that a big issue is finding a market for what you produce. Without one, your beautifully grown flowers will be all dressed up with nowhere to go. If we don’t sell blooms this year, how will we have a wallet thick enough to plant seeds for next year? To cultivate… Read more

How a Farmer Grew a Better Woman

I have a confession. Though our Bear Creek Farm enterprise is entering its fourth year, I didn’t start calling myself a farmer until now. My previous identity was hard won: big business, big offices, global clients. While I didn’t play a man’s game necessarily, I certainly was in a man’s world, and my identity was… Read more

How to Hire the Best Temporary Workers for Your Farm

A Labor Department program called H2A changed my company for the better. I wish I had known about it from the start. I want to pass on the good news. My journey toward finding solid workers whom I can trust has not been a straight line. Here in upstate New York, the farming labor market… Read more

A Rose By Any Other Name

China Forbes is the breathtakingly talented lead singer for the genre-bending band Pink Martini, who is touring select cities this fall. In addition to her love for music, Forbes is a major flower fan. She is intimately in touch with a powerful childhood memory she gained while growing up in the Massachusetts countryside. “We lived… Read more

The Easiest Best Wedding in the World

Here at Bear Creek Farm, we understand how stressful wedding planning can be. The need to make so many choices and details for your special day can be overwhelming. That is why we have streamlined the process by offering one simple approach. We also explain why this option works best for so many couples. We… Read more

Potter to Presidents, Christopher Spitzmiller

The great American writer Flannery O’Connor has said that to create great work, we must get our hands dirty. The renowned ceramicist Christopher Spitzmiller elevates this concept. The highly regarded designer creates his inimitable ceramic lamps by hand at his eponymous NYC design studio; he spends weekends knee-deep in his garden on Clove Brook Farm,… Read more

Smooth Sailing With Wholesaling

Working with wholesalers provides superb benefits that are some of the best-kept secrets among small, local flower farmers. At first glance, it might seem easy to shrug off wholesalers as big business types who sell at sky-high price points and can’t see the forest for the fees. They can appear to put America second with… Read more

Man Sniffs Flowers

American photographer and artist William Wegman is famous for making humorous portraits and videos of his beloved Weimaraner dogs. Turns out the whole family has a keen sense of smell. I was fortunate to interview the famous artist for the second in our series about the power of flowers and the memories they evoke. Shown… Read more