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November 1st 2023

Meet the 2024 Floret Scholarship Winners

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Every fall our team reads thousands of essays submitted as part of our Floret Scholarship application process. This is our 11th year of offering workshop scholarships and the process gets richer every time we do it.

It’s such an honor for all of us to get the opportunity to hear from so many deserving people all over the world about their lives and their hopes and dreams for the future. 

Initially, we had planned on awarding 20 scholarships, but some generous donors came forward allowing us to increase the total to 25—our most ever! Each scholarship recipient will receive free tuition for the Floret Online Workshop which starts in January.

A huge thank you to Kelli Pease of The Flower Remedy, Christine Sousa, Christina Koether, and Red Twig Farms for helping to make this our biggest year yet!

In total, we received 3,545 applications from 77 different countries, including Fiji, Iran, Malta, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia, and a few places I have never heard of before like Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Timor-Leste. We also have winners from 8 countries, which is our second most geographically diverse group yet. 

Every year when we’re reading through the applications, some key themes emerge.

This year, there were a notable number of teachers wanting to incorporate gardening and nature into their students’ lives. I love the idea of exposing more children to growing things starting at a young age!

As always, there were so many people who wanted to leave their day jobs to pursue flower farming. Many applications mentioned recognizing the significance of family and relationships and the strong urge to prioritize what really matters to them. 

Many talked about watching Growing Floret and how the show impacted them in a deep and profound way. They felt seen, sometimes for the first time, and connected to the themes of overcoming obstacles and perseverance through hard work and determination. The series also inspired them to start gardening and helped them get their hands in the dirt. 

People are craving beauty, connection, and healing—all things that nature provides.

A significant number of applicants have come to gardening later in life and expressed a desire to finally go after their dreams of growing flowers. Many of these essays reminded me of Anne Belovich’s spirit and the sentiment she shared in her interview when she said “It is never too late to act on your goals and dreams.” 

So many people are the primary caregivers for their families, have busy work schedules, or have other challenges that make it difficult to attend in-person classes. They were drawn to the course because the online format offers the opportunity to go at their own pace and to be part of a larger community of like-minded people with similar passions and interests. 

Lastly, there were numerous mentions of imposter syndrome and crippling self-doubt. I know firsthand how paralyzing these feelings can be, but every dream is worthy and it takes courage to go after what lights you up!

Reading the winners’ responses has been so rewarding and I am excited to finally introduce you to them. I hope you enjoy reading their inspiring stories.

Clary Ager, Ager Lane Flower Farm + Event Space, Big Bras D’Or, Nova Scotia, Canada

Clary and her wife Percy moved 3,000 miles to start a community flower farm and event space in Nova Scotia. As a Black, Queer, Disabled Woman, Clary and her wife are “creating a space for people like us to thrive in nature, as was always intended.” During their first season, the “diverse people who [we hosted at our farm Ager Lane] also proved to us there is a need for spaces that are inclusive and accessible—something we are uniquely capable of providing because of our lived experiences.” Pictured above; top left.

Elisa Allen Arias, Baja Sage Farm, El Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Elisa manages a diverse, regenerative farm on 1.2 acres in Baja California Sur. The local area is struggling with heavy gentrification, which is destroying its agricultural heritage. The farm is located in a community that “was designed to act as a forward-thinking model for other developments regarding water recycling, soil restoration, and using local materials for building,” but only receives a small portion of its annual operating budget from the local HOA. They are eager to learn more about small-scale flower farming so that they can diversify their income with cut flowers. Pictured above; top right.

Christina Calhoun Thielen, Honey Hollow Blooms, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States

Honey Hollow Blooms began when people started asking Christina how they could buy her flowers. Her business has grown and she had already begun planning for the 2024 growing season when she learned that her breast cancer had recurred after 9 years of being cancer-free. Despite this unexpected news, she remains positive for the season ahead. “My goal is to be alive and thriving next season and planning is keeping my mind occupied and keeping my spirits up.” Pictured above; bottom left.

Sue Cambridge, Barnflowers Farm, Merville, British Columbia, Canada

Sue’s dream is to be a full-time flower farmer. She has been working towards this goal since 2015, growing her cutting garden to a third of an acre and then a 7-acre farm lease. She plans to leave her day job in the coming year to focus on the farm full-time. Although she’s dealt with depression and chronic illness, working with flowers has always brought her joy. As she shares “At 69 I’m aware of the passage of time. I would love to keep doing this for another 10 years.” Pictured above; bottom right.

Jeff Chambers, Small Batch Floristry, Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Jeff began flower farming to fill his family’s home with colorful blooms. As his harvest grew, his wife began sharing arrangements with her colleagues, and Small Batch Floristry was born. At the same time, Jeff found himself at a crossroads—the business he’d founded was struggling and eventually closed. He’s now ready to start anew. “It’s one thing to sell a widget and make a dollar, but it’s something else entirely to grow the material, pour yourself into creativity, and have it received with open arms.” Pictured above; top left.

Diana Codrean, Ferma de Hortensii, Sititelec, Bihor, Romania

Diana dreamed of having a hydrangea farm. When the pandemic hit in 2020, she and her partner returned to their home country of Romania to make her dream a reality. They purchased over 1,600 hydrangea cuttings and found a beautiful spot in an isolated village where they started Ferma de Hortensii. Their vision is to develop the land as organically as possible and ultimately make it into a creative center for the women in the village. Pictured above; top right.

Heather Conn, Modest Moss Farm, Kempville, Ontario, Canada

Heather and her family began growing flowers as a therapeutic way of coping with her husband’s Stage IV cancer diagnosis. She wants her children, ages four and seven, to be “involved with the love and passion of growing organic flowers, vegetables, etc.” Even in their first year of growing, they’ve “seen how flowers have increased levels of positive energy, healing, joy, and stress relief. I have found that even though life might not be perfect you can create a life of simplicity and beauty.” Pictured above; bottom left.

Heather Coulter, Riverside High School Emotional Support Program, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, United States

After a career as a hospice/oncology nurse, Heather became a high school emotional support teacher. She works with many students who have faced trauma, hardships, and mental health struggles. Gardening and growing flowers helped heal some of her own anxiety and depression and her vision is to “bring a therapeutic gardening program and agriculture to our school and students” to increase “their self-confidence as they learn to garden, grow, and use the harvest to share joy and encouragement with others.” Pictured above; bottom right.

Michelle Cuevas, Amore Materno, Santa Ana, California, United States

After experiencing a difficult postpartum with her fourth child, Michelle launched Amore Materno to offer support to women during their postpartum recovery and to decrease the risk of postpartum depression. One of the services they provide is weekly flower deliveries, which use flowers grown by Michelle. Amore Materno works mainly with low-income families and all of the services they offer are free. Michelle hopes to one day use the income from selling her cut flowers to support Amore Materno. Pictured above; top left.

Claire Davison, Rothbury Roots and Shoots, Morpeth, Northumberland, United Kingdom

Claire is a military wife who planted her garden to help heal the pain of losing twins while also relocating to a new area. She believes in spreading kindness and feels that it is her “purpose in life to help other people develop to their fullest potential.” She would love to be able to expand the flower farming side of her garden and offer bouquet subscriptions and workshops, and dreams of one day expanding into growing roses and peonies, which don’t currently have a supplier in Northern England. Pictured above; top right.

Victoria Edwards-Cotten, CottenPicked, Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States

After 5 years of working on established farms in other parts of the state, Victoria and her husband recently began farming in the community where they were born and raised. They are two of only three young Black farmers in their town and serve on the boards of several nonprofits in their area that support BIPOC farmers. They plan to eventually grow flowers for their farm, CottenPicked, on land that Victoria’s great-grandmother purchased as a single Black woman more than 80 years ago. Pictured above; bottom left.

Romi Hall, East Oak Bouquets, Oakland, California, United States

As Romi shares, “East Oak Bouquets was created to honor the East Oakland and Bay Area Black and Brown communities, steward land, and re-define what constitutes beautiful terroir.” Her neighborhood is often overlooked and not considered for its beauty, though in Romi’s experience, there are so many little things that make it a “wonderous and precious ecosystem.” Romi hopes to turn East Oak Bouquets into a “successful urban flower farm that brings neighbors together, cultivates pride, and creates opportunity.” Pictured above; bottom right.

Stacy Jacobsen, Windhorse Farm, Coram, Montana, United States

Stacy is a conservationist who has worked with the National Park Service in Montana, directing seed collection work across Glacier National Park and others. She hopes to create a flower farm where she features traditional and wildland blooms. As she says “I am excited to weave the elements of my rich background in conservation, seed ecology, native plants, art, teaching, and dharma into the heart of my flower business.” Pictured above; top left.

Leanna Jojola, Moonlight Garden, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Leanna is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico. The name of her business, Moonlight Garden, comes from the translation of her daughter’s name in the Tewa language. Leanna has farmed her entire life but has developed a fascination with flowers over the last 10 years, especially dahlias. She is the only flower farmer in her community, where most of the agriculture is alfalfa and vegetable crops, and is eager to learn how to maximize her growing space. Pictured above; top right.

Beverly Boone Meek, Flatwood Flower Farm, Calhoun, Georgia, United States

Beverly is an organic cut flower farmer in Northwest Georgia. She grew up on the land she now farms, which her parents purchased “after WWII with the help of a white man, the only way it could be done during Jim Crow.” She is determined to keep the land that her family has held onto through grit and determination and is “committed to having a business that is entwined with the landscape, respectful of the land, community, and the planet.” Pictured above; bottom left.

Renata Ninello, Sítio Sol & Jardim, Presidente Prudente, São Paulo, Brazil

During the pandemic, Renata and her family began working on their dream of regenerating their land in southeast Brazil. “Our project is to reforest and transform our place into an ecological sanctuary for pollinators and a source of well-being for people, where new generations can learn about nature preservation.” Since then they’ve been participating in their local market with bouquets, herbs, and honey. As Renata shares, “It’s exciting to feel the positivity and impact nature and our work has brought to the community.” Pictured above; bottom right.

Collage photo of four 2024 Floret Scholarship winnersFlorentina Rodriguez, Flora Seeds, Dayton, Ohio, United States

Florentina works as the farm manager at Eden’s Harvest, a regenerative urban farm whose mission is “to increase healthy, culturally appropriate food access through the concept of food sovereignty.” In addition to her work at Eden’s Harvest, Florentina has also started her own business, Flora Seeds, “to provide seed education and build/operate shared community resources like seed libraries.” She shares her knowledge “on a mutual aid basis to support beginning farmers and local growing/gardening groups in my community.” Pictured above; left.

Alexys Romo, Black Thumb Farm, Los Angeles, California, United States

Alexys is the founder of Black Thumb Farm, a nonprofit urban farm that is “dedicated to empowering BIPOC teenagers across the San Fernando Valley through farming and gardening.” Alexys’ own love for flowers blossomed from gardening with her grandfather. As she shares, “I make my grandpa proud when I show him all that we do at Black Thumb Farm. … The young people who come through our free programs experience the pure joy that comes with growing flowers, and these underserved BIPOC youth could use more pure joy.” Pictured above; right.

Courtney Small, Oak Elementary, Albany, Oregon, United States

Courtney is a first-grade teacher who hopes to expand the garden at her elementary school. Her students love collecting flowers from the garden for bouquets and she hopes to continue this on an even bigger scale in the future. She believes that “I really have the opportunity to make a big impact in our community through spreading and sharing the love and magic of flowers,” and even hopes to one day sell flowers from the garden as a fundraiser for the school. Pictured above; bottom left.

Melika Tursic Musinovic, Fotosinteza, Sarajevo, Glavaticevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Melika is a photographer and the founder of Fotosinteza, a sustainable, eco-friendly flower farm in Bosnia and Herzegovina. While she initially only planned to grow flowers for herself to photograph, she fell in love with the process so much that she expanded and began growing more. Melika’s farm is the first of its kind in her country and she’s found it challenging to source organic supplies and seeds. She hopes to one day be able to sell seeds to other farmers in her area. Pictured above; bottom right.

Ilene van der Schyff, Buds & Blooms Flower Farm, Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa

Ilene and her friend started Buds & Blooms Flower Farm with the intention of growing cut flower varieties that aren’t otherwise available in South Africa. They soon discovered that there was also a lack of information and resources for cut flower farming in their area. Their dream is to take everything they learn, “apply and adapt it to our area, to eventually build a business big enough to educate others, support other families, and give them a helping hand to build a good sustainable career for themselves.” Not pictured.

Anneke van Elijkern, St. Peter’s Hospice, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Anneke manages the gardens at St. Peter’s Hospice, which provides “help and support to adults living with a progressive life-limiting illness.” The Hospice grounds include beautiful, therapeutic gardens and Anneke plans to establish cut flower beds in the gardens next year. Flowers grown in the gardens will be used throughout the Hospice and will also be sold to raise money. “A successful cut flower project could bring in a lot of revenue for the Hospice. … I want to get it right!” Pictured above; top left.

Marisa Vodanovich, Urban Floral Farmlet, Auckland, New Zealand

Marisa started Urban Floral Farmlet in 2021 after realizing that the people in her life were more important than her corporate career. Unfortunately, her first growing season coincided with a series of catastrophic weather events in New Zealand that hindered her new farm’s ability to produce a viable crop. Despite these setbacks, Marisa has become known as “Te Atatu Peninsula’s flower farmer.” “[W]henever I sell a bouquet I see my customer’s faces light up with joy—I’d like to see and spread more of that in my community.” Pictured above; top right.

Lauren Wise, Cedar Hill Farm and Gardens, South Hampton, New Hampshire, United States

For Lauren Wise, “a good day of gardening is a good day.” She and her husband recently remortgaged their home so that they could help pay for an addition they built for her elderly parents to move into. She grew up in her parents’ plant nursery and now loves gardening with her 90-year-old father. She hopes to use “the gift I was given by both my parents, my community, and my passion to continue to learn and further my gardening journey.” Pictured above; bottom left.

Melanie Wright, Agape Farm, Bowie, Maryland, United States

Melanie is a School Garden Educator and started Agape Farm “to spread love through food and flowers.” In addition to growing seasonal produce to fight food insecurity in her community, Agape Farm plans to offer a program called “Brown Girls Bloom” that “aims to provide girls a safe space to grow and bloom by learning about self-love and wellness through the practice of growing flowers.” “Brown Girls Bloom will help girls feel connected, build community, and embrace their identities while learning about growing flowers.” Pictured above; bottom right.

Please join me in congratulating the scholarship recipients for the Class of 2024 by leaving a comment below. The team and I are thrilled to have this amazing group join us for our upcoming workshop.

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140 Comments

  1. Pat on

    Congratulations to all of you! I hope you experience the same excitement as I have with the class! Best wishes to each of you and may your dreams come true!

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  2. Carol on

    Amazing and inspiring. I’m so excited to join again as an alumni. Thank you for sharing these stories!

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  3. Online Florist on

    Ohh! Nice post, I read your post all stories it truly amazing & inspiring to others. I wish congratulations to all of them.

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  4. Eleanor "Ellie" Zapanta on

    Congratulations to all of these individuals! I look forward to following their journeys through IG and hope to visit a few nearby. I am enrolled in the 2024 workshop and am so excited to get started and absorb all that I can from the wisdom of others who’ve been at this, indulging in our passions for growing, producing and honoring Mother Nature.

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  5. Chiara Fausta Fika on

    When I was searching for the best agriculture websites, I came across a recommendation to visit the Floret’s website. As the cover suggests, Floret is a flower farm that grows uncommon and heirloom flower varieties, selling the blooms and their seeds around the country. Then I was interested to read this floret scholarship winners post. Hopefully the winners can follow the scholarship well and follow the process to help agriculture be more successful.

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  6. Marcia Jaeger on

    How cool to read everybody’s stories! It makes me feel reinvigorated after a long season. Congratulations to all, the Workshop has been so useful to me and I’m sure it will be to you too

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  7. Mary M Stanton on

    So excited to see all of the folks from around the world! How wonderful! Congratulations and best wishes to all of you for success!

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  8. Loretta Veal on

    Dear ERIN and Staff,
    I am trying to form words of how your scholarship winners were chosen. The board diversity of your choice shows how committed you are in your sincere desire to help for the common good. I have been so deeply touched by all your recipients. A couple of them are locale enough to me that I would love to reach out to them in the future. Look forward to visiting your farm one day.
    Loretta veal
    Charlotte, NC

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  9. Teresa Liesenfeld on

    Congratulations to all the scholarship winners! It was fun to read all the great flower passion projects. It is inspirational!

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  10. Jan Cornell on

    Congratulations everyone! I hope you enjoy this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow personally and in your businesses. You’ve chosen a beautiful business to be in and for so many good reasons. Good luck to each of you.

    Thinking: Isn’t it wonderful that the love of flowers, growing them and nurturing would bring so many people together for a common learning experience. Best wishes also to the people of Floret.

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  11. Beth on

    So excited to see the diversity! Congratulations to everyone.

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  12. Shelly Jones on

    Congratulations to everyone who won this year! For those who didn’t, go for it and register anyway! This class and all the information that you will learn will easily pay for itself! – Shelly

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  13. Ioana on

    Seeing that a business owner from my country (Romania) which I’m also following on Instagram, has been selected gives me hope that eben though I did not get selected this yeat, I mai have a chance next time around 😊

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  14. Regina on

    Delighted for all successful scholarship applicants.It’s a wonderful opportunity and you all deserve it.The very best of luck to you all in your flower farming adventures.It is really touching to read other peoples stories and know that as well as making a living you all want to spread the love of flowers and what those flowers give to us all.❤️

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  15. Stormy on

    Congratulations, everyone, what an exciting and inspiring group!!!

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  16. J. Kliber on

    Your self realizations are awakened. Season greetings and welcome to your wonderful online future of learning with Floret. May your knowledge spread out to others for many more.

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  17. Sue Haggerty on

    Such an incredible array of recipients! Love the international aspects, as well. It’s so interesting to read about their journey’s and the motivation that got them to the place they’re at right now. Flowers are truly healing and restorative. Well done, Erin!

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  18. Lois on

    A beautiful bunch of worthy recipients. I applied and will try again next time! It is an amazing opportunity, thank you to Floret and those who fund the scholarships. The huge number of applications shows just how many people follow Floret – we gain learning, support and mutual encouragement from its videos and from the wider community.

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  19. Britte on

    Nothing pleases me more to see Floret mentor to a world-wide, diverse group of people who make this planet a more beautiful space with flowers. To see all of these wonderful people making their lives and the lives of other special, wonderous and stunning through the world of flowers makes my heart sing. If only bringing peace to the world could be as easy as sharing a flower or two. Thank you Erin and all of Floret for sharing what you know to make the earth a more beautiful and sustainable place to call home.

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  20. Tami Morrell on

    This is so wonderful and inspirational. Congratulations to all the recipients and to Floret for doing such great work. Thankful for people like you, inspiring people like us. You make the world better.

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  21. Shelly Stock on

    This is so exciting to see the community grow. I’m a 2019 grad and continue to tap in. I’ve learned SO much from Erin & her team!

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  22. Victoria on

    Congratulations 🎊 👏 💐 🥳

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  23. Ona H. on

    Amazing diversity of winners! I see one who is local to me and I’ve already stated following them on social media and look forward to see their business grow (pun intended!).

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  24. Alexis Doherty on

    So inspirational and from around the world! It is so motivating and so exciting! Congratulations and thank you for also sharing these amazing people with us!

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  25. Mary on

    What an inspiring group of people again this year!! Wishing you all the very best in your important and life-giving work.

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  26. Aimee on

    Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners-and especially to Heather Coulter! You are creating an amazing program for the students at Riverside, as well as sharing your love and talent with the community! What a wonderful accomplishment and can’t wait to see the positive results with your students!

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  27. Lisa on

    Congratulations to the awesome deserving winners! Enjoyed reading about each creative, enthusiastic and big hearted grower with farms/gardens all over the world!

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  28. Amy on

    Fantastic group of plant enthusiasts! I congratulate you on taking this step to improve our world.

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  29. Karen Spinlea Farm on

    Congrats to all you big hearted green fingered beautiful people. ERIN and the FLORET team will inspire you on this course and give you purpose for why you are doing what you are doing. Well done!

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  30. kathy on

    I just want to get out there and grow things now!! thanks for sharing this its inspiring.

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  31. Susie D'Amico on

    Vicarious joy. I will attempt some flowers in pots next summer. All of you bring hope and joy, Run with the flowers.

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  32. Mac on

    Just love to see the diversity of your class members that are represented here. It mimics the same in our flower gardens. Just imagine if we choose not to grow something because it was different or difficult. Thank you for sharing their stories, so inspiring!

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  33. Elaine on

    Congratulations to all of you!

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  34. Trevor & Jess on

    I loved reading about everyone’s life journey- especially about all of the windy roads that brought us to this place in our lives that we’ve become captivated with growing flowers and sharing that joy. Ya’ll are so awesome and I cannot express enough gratitude towards Floret for Showing Up and creating a place where we can learn, share, look, rest, and believe that there’s something so magical and beautiful in this world.

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  35. Leslie on

    Reading the above stories from the scholarship recipients has been so inspiring. Thank you. Congratulations to all of you and know that we are cheering you on! And thank you, Floret, for your generosity and for helping to make dreams come true.

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  36. Adele Haney LeChien on

    Congratulations on all these excited and talented winners. Sending best wishes for all their adventures and success with their dreams. Can’t wait to hear all the great news as they learn and grow in their chosen “field” and bring all the beauty of flowers to us all.

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  37. Catherine Thomas on

    Congratulations to everyone. What incredible stories each of you have.

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  38. Karyn Ganaway on

    Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients! So excited for all of you to have this opportunity to get another step closer to fully realizing your dreams. Your stories are inspiring

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  39. Heather/ Havenfrost Farm on

    Congratulations to all the scolarship winners! Your goals are so inspirational. I took the class this year and can add my assurance that you will get tons of wonderful information which makes a huge difference in your business and production. I look forward to going through the course again and getting to meet you!

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  40. Joy on

    Congratulation to you all. Lovely to see someone from little old New Zealand was accepted 👍💐

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  41. Kari Parks on

    Welcome to the Floret Family! It’s been a joy reading your introductions. I look forward to encouraging you on your beautiful journeys. Keep Flourishing!

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  42. Tammy Grieder on

    I could not be happier for ALL of you!! I just know you will LOVE it …I’m sure there were tears of joy!
    Many Blessings,
    Tammy Grieder

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  43. Alisa Dow on

    Biggest congrats to all the lucky, and well deserved recipients!! Best of luck manifesting your visions and Green Blessings to you all!

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  44. Linda on

    I am brand new to Floret Flowers. Congratulations to the scholarship winners. I appreciated the story each of you shared. You are an inspiration.

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  45. Judy Clegg on

    Congratulations as you embark on a delightful journey of which I am quite envious! Be the good stewards of this earth and educate all you can on the goodness of this planet we’ve been given!
    Judy Clegg
    New Philadelphia, Ohio

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  46. Gaylia Bundle on

    Congratulations to all recipents. I’m pleased to see a New Zealander among the group. I enjoyed reading all the bio’s and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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  47. Yolanda Robinson on

    Congratulations to all the applicants, your stories are so joy-bringing, inspirational and important! Wishing you every success!

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  48. Lana on

    Congratulations to all !! What an amazing journey you have all had so far and best wishes for the new creative floral adventures to come .

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  49. Marlene on

    Congratulations to all.

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  50. Jovanna Lopez on

    Congrats to Alexys Romo! I am so proud of all her work at Black Thumb Farm!

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  51. liza on

    Awesome ! Congrats to everyone :-) Happy blooming !!

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  52. Diane on

    Amazing inspirational stories!!
    Congratulations!

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  53. Shirley Little on

    Congrats and Best Wishes to all !!!♥️
    I loved reading all the stories. Thank you Floret for all you all do.

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  54. Marilyn Harrison on

    What a great group , so inspired to improve humanity through flowers ! Good luck to all ! Your success is guaranteed through Erin’s step by step flower growing process . As an alumni I speak from experience , start small , do not incur a lot debt , and enjoy flower gardening.

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  55. Susan Oxley on

    This is fantastic! Many blessings to all.

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  56. Tracy on

    Congratulations to all the recipients and best wishes on your dreams moving forward!!

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  57. Edna Parrish on

    Congratulations!! Looking forward to all you do!

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  58. Nicola on

    Yay! Lots of new inspirational people to connect with and learn from! Well done all of you on your selection ….enjoy your journeys – will love watching you grow!

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  59. Shannon on

    I love seeing the representation from different countries and from the BIPOC community. Thank you for empowering and supporting this great group of flower fanatics!

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  60. Deb Woodland on

    Reading these stories has created a huge sense of hope. Inspiring treasures, each one. I will re-read with my morning coffee. Thank you, Erin!!

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  61. Arlene trabona on

    The stories are wonderful and I wish them all good luck

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  62. Jamy Wagner on

    Incredible stories! Good luck everyone !!! And YOU , Erin for all your hard work and inspiration ! Flower Power !!!

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  63. Shawna Brown on

    Empowerment created by such a simple thing as a flower. I applaud all of the these stories and finding joy that is so simple as farming, gardening and loving the earth. Thank you to the kind donors that aid these individuals in furthering their knowledge and experience to share with others especially children. Thank you to Floret as this email has made my day.

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  64. Julie Skokan on

    Congratulations all! An outstanding representation of flower lovers, teachers and learners. Enjoy the workshop and share the bounty.

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  65. Ursula on

    The variety and diversity of causes, wishes and inspirations are truly beautiful. I love that they are from all over the world, and everyone wishes in their own way to share joy and love and nature :) struggling in my own journey, so reading these was quite moving! Well done Floret!

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  66. Lorrie Webb on

    Let’s hear it for Floret DIVERSITY. THANK YOU.

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  67. Sue Willey on

    Thank you, Erin and the Floret team, for this message which started my day off right. I live in Western Washington and am struggling right now with the arrival of our annual “big dark”
    – rain and gloom! I’m also so discouraged by the news of the world – war, discord, death. So, it was really, REALLY valuable to read about the tremendous work you are doing – Floret close to my home, but having such positive global impact. Flowers do indeed create joy, whether growing on whatever scale (I am just a home gardener who loves her peonies, roses and hydrangeas) and reading about not only all the good that Floret is doing but also these marvelous people all over the world, makes my heart happy.

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  68. Amy on

    Congratulations to all! I am so happy to see someone local to myself (Dayton, Oh) on this list. I look forward to learning more about Florentina and Flora Seeds.

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  69. Cheri Johnson on

    I am humbled by all these stories. They have inspired me immensely!!

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  70. Donna Zell on

    Congratulations to all the scholarship winners! Thank you for wanting to make the world a prettier and better place to live by growing flowers!

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  71. Janet Shope on

    You are in for such a treat! The Floret online course is an amazing teaching tool that was the best thing that I did for myself and my budding flower farm. Prepare to be amazed at what you will learn.😀

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  72. Pat Phillips on

    Such beautiful purpose in every single one of your scholarship recepients!

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  73. Virginia A Coe on

    All these scholarship winners are so inspiring. Thank you Floret, for making this happen. Such joy and optimism! Such a gift to their communities.

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  74. Karen Hunter on

    Every person has a story and a dream … and it’s so encouraging to have a glimpse into these scholarship winners’ stories. Congratulations to the winners!! Thank you for all you do at Floret to encourage all of us to pursue our dreams!

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  75. Sara Hansen on

    The joy that I see in your faces makes me smile let alone the beautiful flowers. Just reading your stories was so encouraging. I hope for the very best for all of you.

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  76. Calene Borup on

    Thank you Floret for eliciting all these amazing stories and thank you scholarship recipients for being brave enough to trust your stories with the rest of us. I am truly awed and inspired by what you are doing and dreaming!

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  77. merrilee runyan on

    It is so heartening to read of the dreams and plans of these flower farmers. I’m grateful for the joy and beauty they are bringing to the world. Wonderful work, Floret!!

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  78. Barbara Kelly on

    Congratulations to all floret Scholarship winners.
    Keep the momentum growing. Well done!

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  79. Renee on

    Congratulations to all recipients. What a wonderful opportunity you’ve been given. I’m sure it will bring much joy and further success to your lives. I would love to have been on this journey with you all ten or twenty years ago. I’m there in spirit!

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  80. Marianne on

    Such inspiring and captivating stories. I so enjoyed reading this with my morning cup of tea! Congratulations to all.

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  81. Allison on

    Wow! Always so inspiring to read the stories of each flower farmer. I hope to apply one day, too. Thank you, Floret for offering this opportunity to such a diverse community.

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  82. Tara Craig on

    So excited to follow along on each of their journeys and learn through them!

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  83. Jc on

    How exciting. It’s such a joy to see how nature, flowers, and gardening touches us all and feeds the soul. You are making such a difference in our world, good luck on your journey Class of 2024!

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  84. Dayna Ramsey-Sanders on

    Wow! Congrats to all of the very deserving recipients!!! Your stories are so inspiring! All the best to all of you :)

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  85. Donna Switzer on

    These stories have been so wonderful to read. You are all inspirations and will help to carry joy and light into the world through your flower farming. This is hope for our world

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  86. Melissa Firuz on

    I love the breadth of your choices! All over the world. All different ages. You have chosen a beautiful floral group for your classes!

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  87. Amanda on

    Amazing! Congratulations to all the recipients!

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  88. Wendie on

    So Happy for all of the recipients! Truly amazing generosity from floret! Love their beautiful heart!

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  89. Kathy Les on

    So many inspiring stories! Soon the world will be abloom in flowers. Thank you Floret for empowering these flower farmers to grow and bloom themselves.

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  90. JO on

    Congratulations 👏🏻 Absolute blessings. 💐Prayers for abundance of beauty and faith. 🙏🏻

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  91. Kristen on

    🙂 Congrats y’all! So much great content. 2021 ail im and I consistently go back to my workbooks

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  92. Christina Dhami on

    A huge congratulations to all the scholarship recipients! Thank you for sharing their inspiring stories, this has truly made my day. I’ve been following you for a few years and have slowly added more and more flowers to our home garden. Thank you for all you do, for sharing your wisdom and for making it so accessible!

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  93. Danika on

    Congratulations!! Continue to go for your dreams and I wish you all successful seasons.

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  94. Tammi Goff on

    Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients! All of their stories are so inspiring!

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  95. Paula on

    I loved discovering each flower scholar and am thrilled Floret is helping them achieve their worthy goals and dreams! Kudos!

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  96. Josie on

    Congradulations to all the scholarship winners! To be chosen is an honor and a blessing. The seed is planted; now you all shall grow! Growing and loving is the best part of life! So don’t blink; do this with grace! We applaud you!

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  97. Marian on

    Congratulations! It is wonderful that you will learn so much and will grow beautiful gardens for others to enjoy! Here’s to you all spreading joy with flowers!

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  98. Old Lady Gardener on

    What a delightful group of wonderful stories/scholarship recipients! Congrats to you all!

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  99. Brenda on

    This is so uplifting to read. It warms my heart, makes me smile. Thank you.

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  100. Lauren Wise / Cedar Hill Farm & Gardens / So. Hampton, NH on

    I’m beyond thrilled to have been chosen as one of the 25 winners of the Floret Flower Scholarship. I’m looking forward to learning all that Erin and her team have to offer and then some. Erin isn’t just a grower, she is a healing force, an inspirational guide, a business leader, and a friend to all – even those she’s never met.

    A huge, heartfelt thank you to the Floret team for helping me by providing me with the tools, knowledge, and most of all, the encouragement to continue on my flower journey.

    “People are craving beauty, connection, and healing—all things that nature provides.”
    ~ Erin Benzakein, Floret

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  101. Jamie Desmond on

    Congratulations to all these amazing and inspiring individuals!

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  102. Deb Kraemer on

    Such an amazing group of recipients to embark on this journey, excited for you all and congratulations on this next chapter, I’m staying tuned in to witness this new turned leaf.

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  103. Leslie on

    How cool to learn more about these amazing humans! Thank you!

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  104. Sue Bergstrom on

    My, What, uplifting and inspiring stories from around the globe. Flowers bring out the best in everyone and provides so much cheer and happiness. I hope your scholarship program can continue to grow because it truly is an amazing journey for these hard-working and dedicated people. Congratulations to all of you!

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  105. Dee Hancock on

    Congratulations to all the winners!
    Dee Hancock
    Little Red Hen Flowers
    Pilot Mountain NC

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  106. Yoko on

    Congratulations! Reading through each story brought a smile to my face.

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  107. Deb Triplett on

    Congrats to all of the scholarship winners. You make a world more beautiful with your amazing work.

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  108. Beth Zalotockyj on

    Congratulations!! So many great ideas and projects that will impact many others in a wonderfully positive way! Thank you for the joyful pictures of the recipients and the chance to share some of their excitement.🌻❤️

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  109. Liane Donohue on

    How exciting for them, so nice to meet you all. I do enjoy the gardening community & wish you all the best!

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  110. Kelly on

    So happy for you all and glad to see someone from New Hampshire 😊 🙌

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  111. Peri Taylor on

    I am new to the Floret magic that is so loved and admired, and reading the stories above makes me happy to think these wonderful people will now be spreading that magic in their communities. I wish them great success!! I hope to join you one day…spreading that magic in my own little corner of the world.

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  112. Nicole on

    Wow what a group, so excited to see the endless possibilities of new learning!

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  113. Jean Healy on

    Congratulations to all of you! I really enjoyed reading each of your stories and wish you all the best. You are all very inspiring.

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  114. Shelley Haefner on

    Congratulations! You are going to LOVE this program! Best wishes to all of you while accomplishing your goals!

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  115. Rose Carey on

    Flowers are working their magic in your lives. Your vision allows the healing to emerge for all of us. We are all interconnected through flowers, what could be more true.

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  116. Mishel Stonely on

    What a beautiful group of people! Congratulations to all recipients!

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  117. Cathy Priest on

    Amazing group of people to be apart of this workshop. Congratulations to you all. Looking forward to hearing all you do.

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  118. Irma Lagomarsino on

    I am incredibly inspired by the diversity of the scholars from around the world and their individual passions for growing flowers to spread kindness, beauty, joy and build their communities. Here’s wishing you all a great future!

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  119. Hannah on

    I am so excited for all of you! Wishing you the best flower future!

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  120. Nana on

    Congratulations to all! Best wishes for “flowerful” futures!

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  121. Kerry Onree on

    Isn’t it interesting that amidst all the diversity amongst all the applicants there seems to be a shared thread & that being they all want as individuals
    To grow
    Like the seeds in which we sow, nurture & tend to. Erin is accomplishing the same with people as the new varieties of flowers that as with these individuals, blossom and grow, courtesy of Erin & all @ Floret.
    May all your earnestness, dreams, drive and passion get you to the places where you most like to be.

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  122. Cheryl on

    Congratulations! Growing flowers can change your life. And Team Floret are so generous in sharing their experiences and knowledge.

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  123. Michelle on

    Congrats to everyone! I’m so excited for all of you! ❤️

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  124. Joan on

    Congratulations to all who are a part of bringing joy to this earth with flowers to remind us how amazing it is to grow a garden
    We surely need happiness right now in this troubled world.

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  125. Amanda on

    Congratulations to all of you! I can wait to follow your flower journey!

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  126. Lisa on

    Good job everyone for such a great victory! Enjoy, Enjoy and Enjoy even more this amazing experience !

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  127. Sassie Grissom on

    There are so many ways to support one’s community in these difficult times throughout the world . But to support it with beautiful flowers is magic and a new art form. I am so proud of you all and the blessing you will each bring to your worlds.

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  128. Kaeli Sutton on

    Congratulations! It’s wonderful to get to read about everyone’s story and vision.

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  129. Laura on

    Congratulations all! I look forward to hearing about each one of your journeys. Xxx

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  130. Tammy Gardner on

    Congratulations! I’m sure its like a dream come true for each of you. Hope you all have a wonderful time with Erin and everyone else on the farm!

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  131. Alex Shuman on

    What an exciting journey ahead. Congrats! You are one step closer to actualizing your dreams. Be present and show yourself self-love and compassion.
    Erin, you guide so many with optimism and light.

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  132. John on

    Congratulations to everyone, and I’m especially
    pleased to see someone local (Doylestown, PA) in the selection-gives me a good opportunity (and very good reason) to support her growing efforts!

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  133. Peggy Taylor on

    Congratulations to each and every one of you. So excited for you. Have a blast while getting to work with everyone at Floret.

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  134. Wendi DuBois on

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading more about the scholarship recipients this year. Their goals, dreams and comments resonate with many of my own reasons for taking Floret’s course 2 years ago, and give me hope that a collective effort to share beauty will make the world a better place to live in, bringing joy to many more people. I was also thrilled to see an older student. I left my own job this past year at the age of 61 to give my full efforts to my own small endeavor, thanks to Floret. I have no doubt that these incredible people will make a difference to their communities and to the effort to grow and beauty responsibly.

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  135. Debra Ponte on

    Fantastic job! Congrats to all Scholarship Recipients for the class of 2024. I can’t imagine the job of reading, and sorting through all the compelling stories of entrants!
    Erin and Floret team great job! A container gardener from an Island in MASS. Enjoy and Congrats to all winners! Always, Debra Ponte, Siasconset,Nantucket Island,MA

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  136. Shaina Gonzalez on

    Congratulations to all! Well deserved and I look forward to following your stories!

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