Total loan: $5,000


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Florence, MT, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped fund the purchase of a greenhouse, irrigation system, and other farm implements to extend and fortify our flower growing operation in western Montana.

Bess's story

I grew up right here on the very soil I am now cultivating for flowers. I have enjoyed the great privilege of living and working in many locations throughout my career as a photographer and advocate for adults with disabilities, but the greatest gift has been returning to my homeland to start this farm. My rural upbringing grew in me a penchant for beauty, due in large part to Montana's stunning mountains, rivers, and wildflower-studded meadows. My family stewarded our land, grew small gardens, and tended a little orchard, which left me with a fondness for the wonder and rewards of cultivation. After years of growing my own flowers and veggies on very small scales, yet yearning for more, I decided to attend a six-week workshop on high-intensity small-scale flower farming, put on by Floret Flowers in Skagit, Washington. That experience opened up a world of possibility and gave me the practical tools and knowledge to get started. My family generously offered the use of their land, and now Southbound Flowers is headed into its first full season in 2019.