PURSUE YOUR PASSION
Since hosting our very first on-farm workshop in 2012, Floret has offered scholarships to deserving flower lovers to attend our training tuition-free. Past scholarship recipients have taken what they learned from Floret to create or expand successful flower businesses across the globe. Floret scholarships are a small way of paying forward the generosity and support we’ve received over the years.
PAYING IT FORWARD
Years ago, I started Floret with a $1,000 loan from my mom, a used wheelbarrow, a shovel, a few dahlia tubers, and a head full of dreams. I spent the first few years learning how to grow flowers largely through trial and error, as I never felt like I was in a place that I could invest in my education. My future changed the day I got an email from one of my floral heroes, offering me a slot at an upcoming workshop. Having the opportunity to have someone take me under their wing and mentor me as I tried to follow my heart was a turning point for me. I vowed that if I ever had a chance to pay it forward in the future I would.
FLORET SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS
Offered once per year, Floret scholarships are supporting a new generation of flower growers by providing advanced training through our workshops.
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FLORET SCHOLARSHIP WINNER STORIES
Moo Kho Paw was born in a small village in Burma, where her family farmed for generations before the Burmese army clashed with her Karen ethnic group. The family escaped the violence by fleeing to a refugee camp in Thailand. “I spent my teen years in the camp, hoping one day I would go home, but that was not the case,” she said. “We didn’t have enough food, so we started growing food in the backyard, and there was always a spot for flowers. Helping my mom in her garden distracted me from bad things happening around me.”
In 2007, Moo Kho moved her mother to North Carolina. “My mom started farming at Transplanting Traditions, a non-profit farm for refugees,” she said. “I helped my mom out and realized that I love farming. We farm alongside other families from Burma, just like home. I got a part-time job running the greenhouse, and then I decided to grow flowers, because there were vegetables but no flowers. Last year, I started selling bouquets at the farmer’s market, and customers loved them. This year, I grew flowers for 15 CSA members and continued to sell out at market. My customers are happy and want more flowers. Growing flowers heals my body and mind.”
Mike Bolio runs a therapeutic farming and gardening program for adults with autism and developmental disabilities as part of the Horticulture Program at the Charles River Center. Individuals involved in the program grow and tend produce and flowers, care for farm animals, and interact with the natural environment. Through their involvement in the program, participants improve fine and gross motor skills, develop team-building and communication skills, and have valuable opportunities for increased social interaction.
Since completing the Floret Online Workshop, Mike has started a side business, NightBloom Floral Design, while also helping the Charles River Center expand its flower production and create a bouquet subscription program in the community. “The flower CSA was a big first step into turning the farming program into a business and allowed us to turn what used to be a volunteer job into a paying job for the individuals that attend the program.”
As a teenager, Farah bought flower bulbs when most of her peers were buying makeup. Feeling trapped by a career she described as “dark and disappointing,” and in an effort to avoid a slow descent into depression, Farah made the decision to leave her job and follow her lifelong passion for flowers.
“This scholarship has changed my life. Period. As I sow my seeds this autumn, I also sow hope of a brighter future come spring, when I can be the first cut flower farmer/florist in Jordan. Because this region of the world has long been plagued with war and pain, NOW is the time for cultivating hope and beauty around us through positive energy. Here in Jordan, where one-fifth of the population are refugees, flowers have been thought of as a luxury item for too long. My long-term vision is to produce masses of locally grown flowers at a fraction of the cost of imported ones, making flowers a daily treat available to all.”
In 2016, Flint, Michigan garnered headlines worldwide after tests revealed the city’s water was tainted with dangerous levels of lead. In a hard hit city where at least 40% of its residents live below the poverty line, the water crisis raised serious questions about the potential long-term health impacts. While some families decided to move away from Flint, Janie Beuthin buried her roots even deeper into her hometown.Alongside her husband and three children, Janie created Twig End Farm, a small urban flower farm on two city lots acquired through the city’s Adopt-A-Lot program near the heart of downtown Flint.
“I am rooted to this place; with every seed I put into the soil, with every plant I divide, I’m creating change. Flint thirsts for beauty without adding to the planet’s burden. What I give back to this city is flowers and through them joy, magic, beauty, and healing. I want to bring to Flint as much good as I can; to nourish the soil, help its people flourish.”
Janie’s urban farm now supplies flowers to florists and local shops and also offers a bouquet subscription program.
“The Floret Online Workshop took my dream of a small urban flower farm and helped turn it into reality. It laid a solid foundation which I’ll be building on for many years to come.Just three months after the class ended, I met nearly all of the goals I set for myself.”
Kylie Lewis took on the task of raising her younger sister while also navigating classes as a 21-year-old college student. “Becoming her guardian made me want to be my best self,” she shared. “Farming expedited the journey. Farming tenders strength, determination, and hope.”
Kylie spent the next decade working as a field hand and manager at organic vegetable farms in Oregon and Washington while dreaming of growing flowers on her own land. Kylie received a Floret Scholarship, and after completing the Floret Online Workshop in 2020, she now grows flowers for weddings, special events, and bouquet subscriptions on a ¼-acre plot.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- When is the scholarship application period?
Applications for our 2021 Scholarships were accepted September 8–16, 2020. Read more about our recipients here. Our next application period will be the fall of 2021.
- What is included with the scholarship?
Each scholarship includes free registration to the Floret Online Workshop, our six-week online course focused on growing flowers on a small scale.
- I don't yet have a flower business. Can I still apply for a scholarship?
Yes! Applications are welcome from “dreamers” as well as established growers.
- I don't live in the U.S. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Yes! We accept applications from flower lovers from across the globe. In fact, most of our 2018 scholarships were awarded to international applicants.
- How many scholarships do you offer?
The number of scholarships we offer varies each year. In 2020, we offered six scholarships. In 2021, we extended 15 scholarships.
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM FLORET
Floret invites applications for scholarships once per year. Sign up to be notified about the next Floret Scholarship application opportunity.
Floret Online Workshop Scholarships
Floret invites applications for scholarships once per year.
Sign up to receive notifications about the Floret Scholarship program.