Cut flower farm is sprouting in Sheboygan Falls

Last summer, Rebecca Duquesnoy was exploring new career options. She has two kids and never felt quite settled in her teaching job. She took a culinary course at Lakeshore Technical College, but her husband told her life is too short, so she should do what she loves, and since she was a kid, that's been gardening.

So Duquesnoy is starting Serendipity Cut Flowers in Sheboygan Falls. This first year she wants to keep it small so she started with a handful of varieties like eucalyptus, Iceland poppies, lisianthus and ranunculus — which are her favorite.

The first year of farming can be unpredictable, she said, but she plans on growing 12 rows, each 50 feet long, on available land at Nourish Farms. "Our goal is to provide local, sustainable, high quality flowers," she said. 

The flowers will be available for sale online, and for members of the community supported agriculture (CSA) program at Old Plank Farm out of Plymouth, who will receive them in their weekly boxes of local produce. Blooms won't be ready until May, but Duquesnoy already started her seeds.

Eventually, Duquesnoy hopes the farm can operate similar to an orchard where people can come in and cut their own flowers, but for now she will cut the flowers and make them into bouquets for people. 

Duquesnoy also wants to educate people. A majority of the cut flowers in the U.S. are imported, she said, which means a lot of pesticides are needed to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

Duquesnoy said although you can't grow roses in the middle of winter, there are other ways to use local flowers year round, such as incorporating more dried flowers.

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