In 2008 I started a flower farm. I had big plans, it was going to be great. I decided during that first, very difficult year that I should be keeping a journal. Important things were happening and I should not forget them. And in every year since then I have thought the same thing. But eventually these would-be journals just turned into notebooks full of to do lists and scribbled notes to myself. In the winter I go back and look at these notebooks in search of anything useful. I find bits and pieces but I always wish that there was more. I remember in those first three years that life was frantic. Still working full time for part of it while trying to start a business and running into one road block after another. I just didn’t understand how it was going to work but I knew that it had to. This had to work. But it didn’t. So I changed my vision and put in many more frantic hours. And now, almost exactly five years after I applied for my tax number and bought my domain name, I finally feel like everything is going to be OK. My business is on the edge of big changes and again I feel like these are important parts of my life so I should not forget them. I am hoping that the added responsibility of knowing that someone might be reading this will give me the motivation to keep up with it. This is the year we buy a farm and start over. I have got big plans. It is going to be great.

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  1. Really pleased to find your blog, this is exactly what I want to be doing a couple of years from now! I will follow your story with interest from “across the pond”. I am still at the testing the concept stage but I will be using my blog to tell my story as well. Good luck, look forward to reading more.

  2. Hello there I am so grateful I found your website, I really found you by mistake, while I was browsing on
    Digg for something else, Anyhow I am here now
    and would just like to say kudos for a tremendous post and
    a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also
    included your RSS feeds, so when I have time
    I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work.

  3. I’m enjoying reading your posts this winter. I’m in the process of taking over my in-laws cut flower growing business in Idaho and I love seeing how other northern, non-coastal folks are making it work. Hats off to you for all your hard work and persistence and optimism.
    Good luck this spring!

  4. Wow, I can empathize with your journey. My husband and I own a Farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so a slightly more extreme environment and a shorter growing season. This year I am wondering what we are thinking, however I know every year is not like this one. We have 6 acres under cultivation, growing vegetables and flowers. Check out our website Rockriverfarms.com, I see a lot of similarities to our farm in your pictures. Great to hear your story, I share your desire to journal however don’t find time. Kudos on the blog I would like to start one as well.

  5. Thank you for sharing the details of your journey. I am hoping to start a similar adventure (in Chicago!) soon-ish, but have no idea where to begin. You looking back series has given me so much insight. I would love to communicate with you more, maybe even visit your farm! Good luck!

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