Community Blossoms Flower Share Program - theHumm February 2021
Community Blossoms Flower Share Program - theHumm February 2021
Community Blossoms is a new flower share program developed by Johnny Slack and his wife Emma, owners of Calabogie Family Farm. With the knowledge that the pandemic is putting stress on the community and that more people are having to turn to food banks for the first time, Johnny and Emma stepped up to the plate. They strongly believe that all people deserve to eat fresh, nutritious food and feed their children with the healthiest food as well.
The purpose of Community Blossoms is to lift the community’s spirits with flowers and use 100% of flower share profits to provide food for the hungry. The goal is to grow over $5000 worth of fresh organic produce for area food banks all summer long through the sale of about 50 full flower shares.
For each flower share purchased, people receive a bouquet of fresh-picked flowers every week (full share $150) or every two weeks (half-share $75) between late June and the end of September. It’s uplifting to look forward to flowers to keep or give to others during the pandemic while helping to feed the hungry and also helping the bees. Even better, each bouquet will come with an inspiring message about community.
Calabogie Family Farm has partnered with the Calabogie and Renfrew Food Banks for food distribution and is developing a list of sponsors, some of whom have offered to be flower pickup sites. Farm gate pickup will be available once a week beginning in late June. To purchase a flower share, visit calabogiefarm.com/communityblossoms
Calabogie Family Farm will update all members by email and on social media with informative videos showing life on the family farm as they prepare the soil, plant, nurture and harvest flowers and produce. They are hoping Community Blossoms will be a program that can be replicated everywhere.
They are looking for volunteers who would enjoy being outdoors on a family farm this summer to help make this possible. Sue Lebrun volunteered last year and says: “I volunteered last spring and summer on your family farm as a way to escape a lot of stress from this pandemic and to give back. I thought I’d go a couple of times, but soon wanted to go a couple of times a week and for the most part helped weed and plant weekly for over six weeks. I realized how wonderful it was to be around this family of organic farmers who in turn taught me more about gardening than I’d learned in my entire life. Johnny, his wife Emma and their adorable daughter are deeply involved in making a contribution to our local community. I invite everyone to get to know them and their entire family. Great citizens of Calabogie and area.”
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