Seed Funding Grows Into Local Flower Farm

Monday, May 22, 2017

Creekside Flower Farm was born from an appetite for beauty and a need for place. "Having lived a somewhat transient life growing up (including New Jersey and Nicaragua), I have learned that there is power in place and in belonging to the land and to the people that surround me," said Morgan Sharpe.

"Trapped inside by short, cold winter days I dreamed of building a greenhouse from old wooden windows—a warm, sunny place to combat winter," said Ms. Sharpe.  "After a few weeks of searching and many more weeks of hard work, my dream had become a reality and a stepping stone to an even bigger dream." 

Jill Baldschun, owner of The Barn at High Point Farms wedding venue, encouraged Ms. Sharpe to try flower farming.  They agreed that a flower farm next to a wedding venue was an ideal pairing.  By August of 2016, Ms. Sharpe had purchased and sown 2,400 seeds including feverfew, foxglove and snapdragons in her greenhouse.   

Knowing that she would need start-up funds, Ms. Sharpe set her sights on the Covenant College Seed Project—a competition among Covenant College alumni entrepreneurs—for $10,000 in seed money. With the help of the CO.STARTERS curriculum and many generous people, Ms. Sharpe wrote a business plan and pitched her idea for Creekside Flower Farm at the 2016 Seed Project competition.  After winning a portion of funding, Ms. Sharpe launched Creekside Flower Farm.  

"Located in Flintstone, Ga., Creekside Flower Farm exists to provide beautiful, lasting flowers, that are responsibly grown on local land that remind us that we belong to a place and to the land on which we live," said Ms. Sharpe.  

Creekside Flower Farm offers wedding packages as well as a Flower CSA/Subscription option for individuals and local businesses.  Customers can choose to receive a weekly bouquet or bucket of in-season flowers from Creekside Flower Farm.  Pick-up locations for the CSA include Niedlovs Breadworks, The Mountain Escape Spa and the St. Elmo Farmers market.  Creekside Flower Farm will be a committed vendor at the St. Elmo Farmer's Market, which is every Fridays from 4–7 p.m.

For more information, contact Ms. Sharpe at 856.495-8003 or email  info@creeksideflowerfarm.com.  Visit the website at www.creeksideflowerfarm.com.


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