California dahlia farm aims to be community hub amidst COVID-19 and beyond

For six years, the Happy Dahlia Farm in Petaluma has connected locals to their environment against a vibrant floral backdrop. After the pandemic, the flower farm’s goal is to reconnect with their community through hosting a wide variety of events and selling build-your-own dahlia bouquets.

Farm owner and former makeup artist Megan Major, reimagined her farm to be a COVID-19 community hub, and her tight-knit staff is excited about their upcoming events which include anything from yoga sessions to herbal medicine workshops. 

“Prior to COVID-19 it was just cut flowers, people could walkthrough, but it wasn’t a destination. Megan wanted to make it more of a community space,” farm manager Nika Kozlov explained. “We do yoga on Tuesday nights. We do sound baths, relaxing in the grass while people play different instruments like Tibetan bowls, harps, gongs. We also do baby showers here, weddings, and flower workshops. We try and hit a wide range of folks,” she continued.

Kozlov recommends the evening yoga sessions for students in particular, as well as the sound baths, “Relaxation for students, come on! The sound baths are good to recharge, reset and chill out. You don’t have to talk, you don’t have to do anything; come with a sleeping bag and just relax for an hour and a half.” 

As far as the build-your-own bouquets, visitors have over 150 different dahlia varieties to choose from. The flowers are harvested by staff members every morning at 6 a.m., and kept in a temperature controlled and organized by color. We’ve been trying to get the message out there, get some Sonoma County kids out here just being back in nature and being back outside, which I think is huge Come out here and have fun!” Kozlov said.

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