It’s been a long way home for Tim and Lynn Windmeyer, owners of Homeplace Fields Flower Farm.
Tim, a St. Joseph native, and Lynn, originally from Hannibal, Missouri, met at the University of Missouri before their careers took them into different directions. The two eventually crossed paths again — in east Africa.
After starting a family, the Windmeyers returned to the United States and lived in North Carolina before returning to Tim’s family farm in St. Joseph.
“The farm has been in our family for a lot of generations. It was established around 1868,” Tim said. “When we moved back, part of the goal was to figure out how we could use the farm for something different. This is Missouri, very traditional corn, soybean. So we wanted to take a little bit of the farm and try to figure out, could we do something different with it? Could we grow flowers?”
They could, with a little bit of research.
“I feel like in the beginning, we thought we were growing a lot of weeds and we were digging for flowers,” Lynn said with a laugh. “After we took an online course with Floret from Washington State, we really were able to kind of hone in and figure things out a little bit better and just make it work a little more efficiently.”