Dear Customers, Subscribers, inquisitive Visitors, and Flower Lovers,
Wind Haven Farm is, and has been small cut flower farm in a little place called Topping, in Middlesex County, Virginia until now. In 2022 we are still a small sustainably grown cut flower farm, but we have worked very hard to move our farm to its new forever home in King William County and onto family land. But to go back to the beginning of our story that led us to today...
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!
In our 4th season 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, and changed us for the better.
Now we are going into our 9th growing season! We have been welcomed into the cut flower market by local florists, grocers, and The River City Flower Exchange. We are so incredibly grateful.
Last year, we completed our move to Wind Haven Farm's new location in King William County. This is the forever home and dream for our little farm. Here we have room to grow. No pun intended! We moved to live here in the beginning of March and immediately ran into the new season like we had a tiger by its tail! The response from our florists and customers was overwhelming and wonderful. Any doubts we had about the move, and the soil immediately vanished with increased business, and chest high plants growing in the new fields. All of you made 2021 a smashing success for us!
After such an amazing but busy season in 2021 we were so exhausted that we were forced to make a major change in our business model for the 2022 season. Unfortunately, we will no longer be offering our Bouquet Share Program except to those who wish to pick up here at the farm in King William. It was an extremely difficult decision for both of us, but we believe for the balance of our lives, and the sustainability of our business it was a necessary one. We hope that our subscribers will find our flowers at one of the many other businesses we sell to locally. We will continue to sell to local grocers, florists, businesses, and offer the limited pick up Bouquet Share in King William.
Last year we did an epic amount of building: 6 hoop houses and 1 greenhouse, plus got our personal home started, while trying to finish the inside of our barn. This coming year we hope to only put up one small hoop house(bringing our count to 7 tunnel structures), one shade structure to cover our new hydrangea patch, and complete our home. It would be great to actually "only" focus on running a farm rather than having constant building projects looming. Don't get us wrong, we will still be finishing up many set up projects for this new property such as irrigation systems, finishing the organization of the barn and interior trim, electrical, and deer fencing, but somehow that seems far less daunting than moving an entire farm! Wish us luck!
We have said this before, and we will say it again, as a flower farmer, and farmers in general, we are an optimistic breed of people. We sow seeds, plant thousands of transplants every year on a wing and a prayer, with optimism for a future that doesn't exist yet. I personally am a believer that if you hold that future in your soul to guide you, that is exactly where you will be one day. America is suffering, the world is suffering, humanity is suffering, but if good people believe in a brighter future, (hopefully filled with flowers), it will come.
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