WE ARE A SMALL SUSTAINABLE FLOWER FARM IN NORTH GEORGIA AND ARE DEDICATED TO BEING THE MOST SUSTAINABLE FLOWER SHIPPING OPTION IN THE U.S.
SITUATED ON 9 ACRES, WE WORK WITH OUR CREW TO GROW BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS IN A WAY THAT RESPECTS THE LAND, OUR EMPLOYEES, AND OUR COMMUNITY.
Principles before Profit has been our M.O. from day one. Businesses have far greater impact on the world than individuals and our goal has always been to use our business to effect as much good as possible. That’s it. Be happy by doing good.
Mandy and I met in 2003 when I was passing through Athens doing renewable fuels work and she took me to see her farm plot. I grew up in the suburbs and was searching for ways to do good in this world while still being connected to nature. Seeing someone my age happily growing organic produce for a living blew my mind a little. More than anything though, I was impressed by her. Her spirit, her ethics, her tenacity and overarching joy in everything made a deep and lasting impression on me. I looked at her as an inspiration and role model and someone I'd hoped to remain friends with. No sparks between us though.
3 years later, she needed help driving from GA to a temporary farm gig out in California and a mutual friend convinced me to be that helper. By the second day in the car, we were head over heels in love and knew we were going to spend the rest of our lives together and we started planning how we could be together everyday while fusing her love for growing with my passion for renewable energy and sustainable living. Those plans kept getting clearer and more refined as we spent 6 years in California working days, nights, and weekends to save money to buy some land. Our relationship kept growing and our desire to do something good never waned. After 4 years of actively looking for land and a slew of failed attempts, the most perfect place showed up, but it happened to be 3,000 miles away. Fortunately for us, we love North Georgia, so we made an offer site unseen. We flew out 3 days later and practically melted with disbelief. This farm was perfect in virtually every single way and gave us an amazing base to build from. The land is the framework for our endeavors. Our friendship and mutual desire to build something good is the motor that keeps pushing it forward. And our community of customers, friends and our wonderful crew that works along side us each day is the fuel that feeds us. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to spend so much time together doing something we believe is bigger than ourselves and to be received so generously by a community that seems to feel the same way.
Our Farm Family
Our crew is a bit of an extended family for us. We not only share space and work, but food and stories. We celebrate birth’s and anniversaries and successful citizenship tests together. With so many different backgrounds we all have a lot to learn from each other and it’s a delight to do so. Ag is a tough industry for most workers, but we make sure to share the labor, not overwork anyone, keep our staff employed year round, pay everyone living wages, and to give time off whenever its requested and bonuses whenever the farm does well. We understand deeply the impact we have on their lives and the lives of their families and strive to provide every benefit we can.