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.


Obedience Club of Chattanooga To Hold Dog Obedience Classes Beginning March 2

Meerkat Pups Born At Chattanooga Zoo

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses


The Obedience Club of Chattanooga's next session of Obedience, Rally, Agility, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Classes for puppies and dogs will begin on Monday, March 2. Sign up online ... (click for more)

The Chatanooga Zoo announces the birth of two meerkat pups. The pups were born to first-time mother, Flower, at the Chattanooga Zoo on Thursday. Mom and pups are all doing great, said Zoo officials. ... (click for more)

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: MATTHEW ELIJAH LYNCH AUTUMN MICHELLE BURT 92 TENNANT LN 92 TENNANT LN RINGGOLD, GA 30736 RINGGOLD, GA 30736 SHANNON ... (click for more)


Happenings

Obedience Club of Chattanooga To Hold Dog Obedience Classes Beginning March 2

The Obedience Club of Chattanooga's next session of Obedience, Rally, Agility, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Classes for puppies and dogs will begin on Monday, March 2. Sign up online or come to Open House at 1:30 p.m. to register on Sunday, March 1 and Orientation for classes from 2-3 p.m. Bring your dog's current shot records. "Please no dogs at registration/orientation," ... (click for more)

Meerkat Pups Born At Chattanooga Zoo

The Chatanooga Zoo announces the birth of two meerkat pups. The pups were born to first-time mother, Flower, at the Chattanooga Zoo on Thursday. Mom and pups are all doing great, said Zoo officials. The successful birth is a first at the Chattanooga Zoo and is an incredibly important step towards the Zoo’s efforts to help protect these animals in the wild, said Zoo officials. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Chattanooga Man, 31, Killed In Head-On Crash Near Elizabethton; His Vehicle Was Struck By Man Fleeing Police

A Chattanooga man who was hit head-on by a vehicle being chased by police near Elizabethton, Tn., was killed in the crash late Sunday morning. He was identified as Thomas Taylor, 31. He was driving a BMW north on U.S. Highway 19E when his vehicle was struck by a Lincoln Towncar going the wrong way at a high rate of speed. Two other people were injured in the collision at Gap ... (click for more)

Fishermen Spot Body In Ocoee River

Two fishermen spotted a body in the Ocoee River on Sunday. Polk County Sheriff's deputies were then able to retrieve a man's body around noon. It was located about 100 yards west of Big River Access. The body was sent to Knoxville for an autopsy and to seek identification. (click for more)

Opinion

Celebrate President's Day By Remembering The Wisdom Of Our Founding Fathers - And Response

Monday, Feb. 17, is President’s Day. The holiday was originally designed to honor our first president, George Washington, and was celebrated on his birthday, Feb. 12. In an effort to give the public more leisure time, in 1971, President Richard Nixon officially designated certain federal holidays to be celebrated on Mondays. This included President Washington’s. Since it no longer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Believe In Harbingers?

A harbinger, we have been taught, is “something that foreshadows a future event,” or “something that gives an anticipatory sign of what is to come.” Last week in Connecticut, the families of three high school athletes – all female – filed a lawsuit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The lawsuit claims a current CIAC policy is a violation of the federal ... (click for more)