Have you ever had that moment?
In an instant—everything changed. When my first daughter was born it was a lightbulb moment that life was bigger than I could have ever imagined. That's how I felt when my first daughter was born. As if my heart had leapt out of my chest and was walking around outside of itself in these three little ones.
I always knew that my three daughters would always be a part of the garden in whatever shape that took with whatever strengths and talents they wanted to offer. For now it looks like honoring them by incorporating their existence into the name. I am drawn to threes because I have three. I am thankful that my work keeps me at home bringing beauty into our community.
The name “Berry” is a nod of thanks to an author and environmentalist, Wendell Berry. Berry advocates through his life's work and writings for small town, family farms, the environment and keeping faith. Several years ago while reading his book, Jayber Crow, his message dawned on me. I wanted to get out of the hustled life I was leading and slow down. This wasn’t an option, it was a calling. Yet it took me another seven years to figure out how slowing down could happen in my life. It was an unshakable feeling down to the very last cell in my body that I had to share my love for flowers and their beauty with my community. I remember a friend telling me “in people's worst moments and best moments of life, there are flowers” and I knew that was what I wanted. We are proudly providing flowers homegrown in community for community for all of life’s occasions.
And yes, while my father insists that people will ask me what kind of three berries I have available, so i understand the confusion our name could lead to, I wouldn't change it for anything. It's the perfect name for our micro farm.