Flower farming is a rewarding and satisfying career, you are growing a product that brings smiles to people’s faces. But it can also be solitary and frustrating; every year is different and it takes time to build up the necessary knowledge.
Flowers from the Farm is a network of other growers who know are doing the same as you. Some are further along the way some, perhaps, haven’t yet got as far as you have – but they’re all willing to share their experience with others.
£75 annual membership
If you want to grow flowers for market, or if you’re a florist wanting to use more local, seasonal flowers in your work – then you should join us.
We have members of all ages. Many are on their second or third career and have reached a stage where they want more independence and a different challenge; but it’s also exciting to see young people coming forward as they recognise the potential and the freedom that self- employment and growing or using cut flowers can bring.
Want to be a flower farmer? You’ll need some land. A large garden, skilfully managed, will provide a succession of flowers for local sales: half an acre will allow you to spread your wings still further; provide bunches for your local retailers or posies for café tables or enter the world of wedding flowers. An acre or more will allow you to sell wholesale to local florists throughout the year. This isn’t gardening: it’s more like farming. It’s hard work and you’ll need a wide skill set covering horticulture and marketing – and that’s where we can help.
Want to get known as a florist who has British flowers? You can benefit from the marketing power of the Flowers from the Farm website and add your own listing page. You can add your logo, full contact details, words, photos and blogs to promote the type of flowers that you sell. New customers can contact you directly through our site and you can build a circle of growers from whom to buy.
Grower or florist, you can network with like-minded people both those starting out, and those with more experience than you. You can learn from our members’ articles, templates and blogs that are there especially to help those starting out in business on their own for the first time. You’ll get our monthly newsletter and be invited by your area co-ordinator to local meetings, events and shows. You have the option not to have a public profile straight away, but other members will be able to find you. You can also join in our private Facebook group where we are able to discuss pricing and other sensitive subjects. Not a Facebook fan? Don’t worry: you don’t need to open yourself up to the whole gossipy brouhaha to have a business page.
As well as helping your business, your membership means that we, as a group, can promote British Flowers, educate florists and the public, and have a foundation for campaigning to government about assistance for the British Flower industry.