Dear Customers, and Subscribers, and inquisitive Visitors,
Wind Haven farm is a small cut flower farm in a little place called Topping, in Middlesex County, Virginia.
A few years ago, I had just graduated from college, gotten married, and I wanted to find a way to be creative, make a living, and reside in the country. Should be easy to figure out right?
After working for some amazing artists and some other odd jobs, I was offered a position at my in-laws' farm, Dayspring. Dayspring Farm is primarily a vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm, but offered their subscribers a flower share where they could get a bouquet of flowers every week with their produce bags. The flowers were a magnet for me with all their beautiful shapes, colors, and textures. Here was where I could focus that creative energy and skills I had been taught! At Dayspring I learned how to truly grow flowers. I learned the basics of crop planning, seed starting, planting, cultivation, harvesting, and bouquet making. After a few years of working for them, Charlie and Miriam told me that they were not going to continue growing flowers at Dayspring. Their son, and my husband, Paul Maloney immediately offered to till up every inch of our small property and turn it into a flower farm! I had never thought of owning our own flower farm, but once I started thinking about it, a concrete plan began to form...
We were going to become flower farmers!
Now we are going into our 5th growing season, and every year the business has grown almost twofold. We have been welcomed into the cut flower market by local florists, grocers and CSA programs and we are so incredibly grateful.
Last year, we were finally able to have Paul work full time on the farm, and there were other wonderful individuals who made up our first real flower team! These people allowed us to provide thousands of blooms to our customers all season! We are so glad to have them!
This season, we have rented the farm land surrounding our home and are striving to make our entire operation more stream lined and efficient to maximize the amount of flowers we can grow on our small acreage. We were guessing that we were farming on 2.5-3 acres last year, but when we actually measured it this winter we were really only farming on 1.25 acres! Now we have almost 10 acres to use! Of course we will not be using all of that space, but it will allow us to incorporate additional sustainable growing techniques such as crop rotation and cover cropping, and to expand what we are growing.
We are so excited to share all of the beauty of fresh blooms with you this upcoming season!
Thanks to everyone for choosing to support our dream by buying our flowers. You are making our dream a reality, and making a difference in your community by buying locally and sustainably.
Your Local Flower Farmers,
Jenny and Paul Maloney