There is a farm in the Colerain area that wants to help people appreciate the beauty around them. “Petal Flower Farm is a small cut flower farm on the west side of Cincinnati,” Mindi Rich, Owner of Petal Flower Farm, says. Located in Colerain. Township, the farm has been growing cut flowers for two years with the help of her husband, Morgan, and three daughters.
The inspiration behind starting the business came from a passion to see people happy.
“I love bringing happiness and joy to others and I have a true appreciation for nature and beauty. To me, it doesn’t get any better than bringing the two together,” Rich says. “Flowers are able to touch people in so many ways- in celebration of both love and loss and even childhood memories. The scent of a sweet pea or a peony- can bring people right back to their childhood. Flowers are powerful and have meaning in peoples’ lives.”
The name of the business came from how distinctive flowers are. “Flowers themselves are made up of several beautiful, unique and simple petals. Each petal adds beauty to the flower in its own special way,” she says. “We are hoping that we too are able to add to the beauty in people’s lives in our own special, unique way.”
Rich has fallen in love with the way a flower develops. “I love the whole process- from seed to harvest to sharing with others. Watching something so beautiful grow from a small seed is such an awesome experience,” she says. “The time and nurturing that goes into growing and caring for a garden is very rewarding. Sharing the fruits of our labor with others is the icing on the cake-and the best of the best.”
Petal Flower Farm offers a variety of different products and services.
“In season- we offer flowers and bouquets. We will be opening a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) later this Spring, which will give people an opportunity to support our farm and have beautiful weekly seasonal flowers,” Rich says. “We also sell flowers to florists and floral designers. Later this summer and in the fall, we will be hosting workshops as well. These workshops will teach others how to arrange and express themselves creatively using our flowers.”
The different flowers offered at the farm are: daffodils, peonies, snapdragons, sweet peas, yarrow, stock, lisianthus, ranunculus, anemones, cosmos, zinnias, sunflowers, dahlias and a variety of foliage. “The wonderful thing about flower farming and working with seasonal flowers- is that it is always changing and you can truly try to grow whatever varieties work within your zone,” she says.
Rich’s defines success with the farm by the ability “to share happiness, kindness and beauty with others- and bring joy into people’s lives- that is success,” she says.
For the future, “We would love to offer a variety of seasonal CSA’s, host workshops and help others learn to grow their own cut flower gardens and to create their own arrangements for their own enjoyment- or to share with others,” Rich says.
She wants to “cultivate and share beauty and joy- and to tap into what you have and what you are passionate about to reach others. Everybody has something beautiful to share,” Rich says. “We believe that finding that beauty and sharing it with others is what creates happiness and joy for all.”
The farm is unique because the Rich family didn’t have any farming experience prior to Petal Flower Farm. “We left his childhood home in the city to pursue this dream of mine. We have invested so much of our time and efforts in learning how to make this dream become a reality.
We do not have any growing structures- hoops or greenhouses,” Rich says. “We work with the elements and do the best that we can with what we have. Both of our parents are/were small business owners. We feel like the spirit and grit of a small business owner is just a part of who we are.”
With the help of a farming grant Mindi’s husband received, it “will enable us to have solar power and irrigation in our garden. Something that we did not previously have. The opportunity will give us a platform to teach others about how gardening can be accessible on a larger scale, even if you do not have access to power or water,” she says. “We are hoping to host people at our farm to help them learn that anything is possible!”
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