As a not-for-profit co-operative of British flower growers, Flowers from the Farm is a growing and important part of UK small-scale flower farming. We want our membership to be representative of the UK's population, which is why we have taken steps to ensure that the policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised is at the heart of how we move forward. Our organisation represents individuals working across floristry, horticulture and flower farming, and we are aware of how far we have yet to go to ensure our organisation, and our industry, is fully inclusive
We recognise that there are invisible barriers to accessing growing and education in farming, and to address this we formed a Diversity Action Group (DAG) to find actionable ways our co-operative can facilitate change. Our first step was to create a Diversity Scholarship which will offer five black growers and growers of colour a unique programme of advice, mentorship, reference books, tools and equipment, and training courses to help kick-start their career as a flower farmer.
With great excitement, we can finally announce the 5 recipients of the very first FFTF scholarship! We want to thank everyone who took the time to spread the word about the scholarship and help us connect with so many talented aspiring flower farmers. We spent much of January poring over each and every application and were so impressed with the achievements, passion and aspirations of the applicants.
The standard of entry was incredibly high with submissions from so many deserving candidates, and it was an extremely tough process to whittle down the applications to just five winners.
Having had so many brilliant and strong submissions, it's clear how vital this scholarship programme is and we're excited that we can already confirm Flowers from the Farm will open applications for a second time at the end of 2021. The scholarship is of course just one component to the work of the Diversity Action group and we're committed to continuing to create space for new talent and to develop opportunities for accessing land going forward.
Over the last few months, the DAG has been writing a detailed programme of seasonal classes for the scholarship. A flower farming mentor has been enlisted for each recipient, and the year’s programme includes training at the mentor's flower farm and a generous starter kit of books, seeds, compost, and resources.
Many thanks to all our supporters
Sage Flowers https://sageflowers.co.uk/,
Bex Partridge https://www.botanicaltales.com/,
Clare Nolan https://www.clarenolan.com/
Claire Brown https://www.plantpassion.co.uk/
Grace Alexander https://www.gracealexanderflowers.co.uk/
Sarah Diligent https://www.floribundarose.com/
Georgie Newbury https://www.commonfarmflowers.com/
Milli Proust www.milliproust.com
Fertile Fibre https://www.fertilefibre.com/
and Moles Seeds https://www.wholesale.molesseeds.co.uk/
We’re so excited for the year ahead, and are thrilled to introduce you to the 2021 FFTF Diversity Scholarship winners:
We are acutely aware that one of the key reasons people applied for the scholarship was to have access to mentorship, support with flower-farming, and the know-how of setting up a small business. All applicants for this year's scholarship have been invited to join an online Zoom session and Q&A with Sarah Statham https://www.simplybyarrangement.co.uk/, Cel Robinson from https://www.forevergreenflowerco.co.uk/, Paul Stickland https://blackshedflowers.blogspot.com/ and Grace Alexander https://www.gracealexanderflowers.co.uk/ . We’re very much looking forward to meeting some of the applicants on the Zoom, and we’re cheering everyone on for a good growing season ahead!