US (IN): Flower farm impacted by slow start to planting

The slow start to the planting season has had an impact on a local flower farm, but this impact may surprise you.

Susan and Tom Bandor, the owners of Black Creek Ridge Flower Farm, are beginning another season of flower farming. As one of northern Indiana’s only working flower farms, the couple has made a living out of growing and selling their own flowers. The flower farm was born out of a trip to the Fort Wayne Farmers Market where Susan and Tom made a great profit from the flowers they sold.

The flower farm is a part of a movement to grow flowers locally and organically. Importing flowers means the flowers are transported on cargo ships for around one week, have been grown using chemicals to keep them alive longer, and are distributed to wholesalers and florists before the public is able to buy them. By growing the flowers locally, their product is of higher quality and is better for the environment.

The couple bought a fifth-generation farm in Noble County and have since transformed the property into a flower farm and added an event center called the Madison Rose Event Center. This allows them to host events all throughout the year, including graduation parties, weddings, funerals, corporate parties, and more. The business is located about 15 minutes to the north of Fort Wayne. The couple has repurposed a lot of the material from the original farm. Their flowers are sold to the public, wholesalers, and florists, and used for events.

Read the complete article at www.wane.com.


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