Aisling Flower Farm
We - Leah, Kevin, Brendan, and Sophie - are proud to bring you Aisling Flower Farm. We are a family-run farm located in the heart of Keswick horse country,
I sold flowers over seven years ago (farmer’s market, buckets, full service events) while operating a landscape business. I learned I could not do both, so I stopped selling flowers. I am at a crossroad now, giving up my landscape business and venturing into a farm stand this year (cut flowers,
nestled between Charlottesville and Gordonsville. It has always been my dream to own a small farm, allowing my kids to grow up with horses and nature. As this dream became a reality, I realized I craved the ability to turn my dream into a business venture as well. After almost 20 years working behind a desk, I craved an outlet for creativity and beauty, hence the creation of Aisling Flower Farm.
Our goal is to provide our community with beautiful, fresh flower bouquets. We take great pride in our environmentally friendly growing practices, seeking a balance with nature
ceramics, value-added florals, plants, misc. food/beverage). I’ll be starting small this year, which will serve as an exploratory/learning year. I am planning to lean towards a large volume of permanent crops, instead of a large variety of year-round annuals
Leap Frog Flower Farm
In 2016, my (now) wife and I—tired of the frantic pace and suffocating traffic of the Washington DC area—fell in love with a farmhouse on 4 acres outside of
Charlottesville. We never intended to actually farm, but somehow the land started calling to me. I’d grown vegetables in my suburban backyard for years, but didn’t really speak “flower.” I discovered flowers are so much more fun to grow than veggies! Over the past 5 years, we’ve slowly increased the quality of our soil (the main field was used for cows for 50 years and is crisscrossed with old gravel farm roads—super fun to plant in), added a barn and 2 hoop houses, and increased our knowledge of the great variety of flowers.
We believe the flowers in your vase should be as fresh as the food on your table. We aim to cultivate sustainably-grown seasonal cut flowers
for everyone, from the flower enthusiast to the professional designer.
Bonnie and Emily Collins
Bonnie and Emily Collins have loved gardens for as long as they can remember. What began as a casual desire to have a small cutting garden morphed into a far
greater project, in scale as well as in scope. Bonnie and Emily knew it was imperative that the cutting garden exist in harmony with the more wild places on the farm. And so, they committed themselves to sustainable growing practices, ones that nurture the soil and which are respectful of nature’s ways of caring for itself. As it happens, these practices improve the quality of blooms, as well.
While I have worked many seasons on different farms around Virginia, this is my first year growing and selling my own product. This year, my goals for Freewill Farm are to connect with other farmers, build business partnerships, develop social
media, and of course, grow and sell some flowers around town out of the back of my truck.
I am also very interested in ways to promote local agriculture generally. I wrote my thesis on the benefits of small farms and why they might deserve 1st amendment protections from legislation that primarily benefits very large farms. I want to be an advocate for small, local agriculture, and I hope to direct that same energy into this flower co-op.
Spring Creek Blooms
Raised by the Blue Ridge, Susanna has loved the land of central
Virginia her whole life, and though she’s spent time working on farms
from Ohio down to Patagonia, she’s always had an internal compass
pointing back home. She owns and operates Spring Creek Blooms, anecological flower farm west of Charlottesville, Virginia.
The mission of Spring Creek Blooms is to grow and share beautiful flowers with our human community while co-creating habitat for our other-than human community, upon which we are hopelessly and gloriously
dependent, both in body and spirit.