Month: June 2015

Our Pivotal Week of Growth

During a rare moment when we were able to sit down and play a game with some family on Friday night, I started laughing about something silly that had happened. My mom commented that it’s the first time she thought she had seen my even smile in weeks. It caught me off guard, but she may have been right. It has certainly been a busy and stressful couple of weeks for us. We are starting to find, though, that our constant work and worries are beginning to pay off in a variety of ways. And the truth is that we have buckets of things to be thankful for.   In a somewhat unexpected turn of events, we were both excited and surprised to make our first delivery of snapdragons and zinnias to Bloomington’s HyVee. The floral manager there is knowledgeable, friendly, and excited to begin selling local flowers in his department. And we’re even more excited to be, we think, his first local growers. He even made up a special little display for our first …

Sunday Flowers Are Back

It was about a year ago that Chris and I started wondering what life would be like if we had a farm where we could grow flowers and produce.  I started a terrible blog that featured the zinnias I grew in my backyard and every Sunday I would post a bouquet of my locally grown flowers with the #sundayflowers tag. Fast forward 365 days and I would like to formally introduce you to Finding Eminence Farm’s first Sunday Flowers post: Don’t forget about our Grand Opening of the farm stand next weekend:

Super Important Announcement

*Spoiler Alert* You’ll have to scroll to the very bottom to get to the Super Important Announcement.  In the meantime, and with patience, you’ll get a farm update. We have gotten an ass-load of rain.  So much so, the garden is on the edge of exploding.  Just take a look at the Snapdragons. They have erupted in the past two weeks.      When I took pictures a few days ago, they were budding and have since popped open.  Here’s a snapdragon bud:   Remember when I talked about obtaining a wealth of knowledge?  Here is a very brief tid-bit I’ve learned about snaps.  To encourage longer and more branches, it’s recommended you do a soft pinch when the plant has 5-6 true sets of leaves.  In other words, when the plant is about 4″ tall, you pinch off the very top with your hands.  If you don’t pinch your snaps, they bloom earlier, but don’t have as many flowers on the plant.  I tried pinching on a few rows and here’s what happened: The two …

A Bee Update

In the midst of starting our little farm, I’ve been trying to slowly expand my beekeeping this year as well. I’ve been pretty cautious as I expand my honey operation, mostly because 1. it’s super expensive to get started and 2. I want to make sure that I don’t get too big to where I’m unable to continue to be a dedicated beekeeper to my hives. Some people talk about “raising” bees, as if they were livestock, but that’s not really how I see my role with them. I give them an ideal place to live, I provide them with extra food when they need it, and I try to control the pests that take advantage of them as best I can without subjecting them to any additional synthetic chemicals and pesticides. Beyond that, they’re pretty much on their own to build up their supplies as only they know how. My efforts allow them to be so efficient that they occasionally produce more honey than they need, which allows me to take it from them …