It’s a rare treat to have the entire Floret team all in one place, since a few of our members work remotely. Susan lives in Ohio, Ellen is down in Texas and Jill is up in Bellingham. Everyone came in for the final days of launching our new Floret Online Workshop and it was wonderful to have the whole gang together.
Getting to sit around the table and actually work together has been such a gift. Over the past few days we’ve been reading aloud so many of the wonderful emails pouring in from all over the world surrounding our online course launch. The enthusiasm, the gratitude, the positivity and the excitement has been food for our souls. Husbands gifting the course to their wives, grandparents surprising their grandchildren, strangers sponsoring other growers in need, institutions and colleges training their staff, the list goes on and on. I know I speak for the entire team when I say we feel so honored and blessed to do this work.
Today after a little rest and a lot of reflection, we wrote up a big list of all the amazing things that our small but mighty team has accomplished this past year. I knew we had tackled a lot, but I had no idea the magnitude of our combined efforts until I saw it all written down in one place.
Here are a few of the high points: In March we released Cut Flower Garden and broke pre-sales records with our publisher, then in April our workshops were featured in The New York Times. Between April and June we hosted 4 on farm workshop and pitched our second book. In early July we came together for our first annual Floret Team summit, then spent the summer re-building a new online shop and expanded our seed line by 100 varieties (wait until you see them!). On October 5th after many miracles we closed on our new 24 acre farm and this past week we launched our online workshop that has been a full year in the making.
This has certainly been our biggest, fullest, most incredible year yet and I’m in absolute awe of everything that our little team has done. I won’t lie, it has been a ton of work. We all put in a lot of late nights, early mornings and weekend time in order to make this all happen. But we did it! And it feels really great to see all of our hard work making a real difference in the world.
We had grand plans of launching our holiday product line early next week. On paper it looked totally doable, but in real life, everyone is ready for (and deserves!) a little downtime to be with their families for the holiday. So we’ve decided to push the date back by a week so that we can all rest up and recharge before diving in again.
As we head into Thanksgiving week, I already have gratitude on my mind. I am so blessed to get to work with these amazing people every day and have the opportunity to pour our collective energy into making the world a more beautiful place.
A huge shout out to Team Floret, the hardest working, biggest hearted, most dedicated crew around. You guys amaze me!
And so much appreciation to everyone who sent us an email, a private message or left us a comment this past week. Your kind words were totally what we needed.