Many congratulations to Caroline Onions, who was announced as the winner of Flowers from the Farm's Best New Member Award at the Lincoln Conference 2019. We'd also like to congratulate all our runners up too and thank everyone who entered the competition.
Caroline runs Wysall Flower Farm in South Nottinghamshire and started her business in the summer of 2017. Since joining Flowers from the Farm, she has been a very active member of her local East Midlands branch of the organisation, and even helped to raise awareness of British flowers at FFTF's stand at Chelsea last year.
As a former project manager with no formal horticultural training (although she's now taking the RHS Level 2), Caroline has come a long way in a short amount of time. She says of receiving the award: "I was really surprised to win, but it was such a lovely feeling - I think the last time I won something was for science when I was 14. I never expected to win at all as the other entrants are all such lovely people and had achieved so much in their first years."
Winning may also have been a slight boost for her business too: "It's been great being featured on FFTF's various media platforms and it has helped connect me with others in the network. I have had a lot of new followers since I won and I hope that some of them are local."
Caroline's advice to those who have recently joined the Flowers from the Farm network would be: "To really make the most of being a member - I have learnt so much and had so much fun by attending meetings, helping with bulk buys, volunteering at shows and getting to know my fellow members. There is nothing like having other flower farmers at the end of the phone if you are struggling or have an issue and it has been a lifeline this last year for me and this has all come from throwing myself into the FFTF activities."
You can find out more about Caroline's venture into the world of flower farming here.