Business is booming at these flower farms

NH Chronicle: Business is booming at these flower farms

Pedal Petals Grown in the Granite State



PEOPLE AND POLLINATORS ARE HAPPY ON THE ROAD. ♪ >> IT’S A BASKET FLOWER. IT IS REALLY GOOD. IT’S IN THE FISSILE FAMILY. ANY THISTLE, POLLINATORS LOVE IT. YOU’RE STARTING TO SEE A LITTLE DIVERSITY ON THESE GUYS. SEAN: THE FIELDS AT LIVE BEE OR DIE FARM IN NEW BOSTON ARE BUSY. ♪ EMILY SHELLENBERGER SAYS THE BUSIER, THE BETTER. >> ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO MY PARENTS ACQUIRED THIS NEXT PROPERTY AND MY MOTHER SUGGESTED THAT WE START A POLLINATOR HABITAT SO WE HAND PLANTED 500 SUNFLOWERS. I AM IN LOVE WITH THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF FLOWERING AND BOUQUET MAKING. ♪ SEAN: BUILD IT, AND THEY WILL COME. FROM THAT FIRST SUNFLOWER PARK TO NOW, EMILY HAS SINCE ADDED 5 ACRES TO THE FARM AND WEDDING FLOWERS AND BEEKEEPING TO HER CV. >> SO I’M DOING ABOUT 20,000 FLOWERS, TRANSPLANTS, RIGHT NOW AND TRYING TO FOCUS ON DIVERSIFYING WHAT I GROW. WHAT REALLY HELPED POLLINATORS. ♪ I PLANT DILL BECAUSE IT’S REALLY GOOD FOR TAILED BUTTERFLIES. THEY LAY THEIR EGGS. AND EAT IT. IN THE 1960S A LOT OF FLOWERS MOVED TO SOUTH AMERICA AND WE LOST A LOT OF AMERICAN FLORISTS. AND THERE IS A RESURGENCE FOR THE LOCAL. I’M JUST REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING. IT SATISFIES THE SCIENTIFIC ASPECT OF AGRICULTURE BUT ALSO CREATING THE CONNECTION WITH PEOPLE ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, BEING ABLE TO DESIGN THEIR WEDDING FLOWERS, BABY SHOWERS, EVENT FLOWERS, I HAVE DONE IT ALL AND IT REALLY MAKES ME GOOD. ♪ I ORIGINALLY STARTED WITH BUCKETS OF FLOWERS. DIY BUCKETS FOR BRIDES THEN I REALIZED I HAD THIS TALENT OF DESIGNING WEDDING FLOWERS AND TOOK IT FROM THERE. I FOCUS MORE ON ORGANIC AND FREEDOM, BUT I ALSO DO MORE TRADITIONAL DESIGN. IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT THE BRIDE IS LOOKING FOR. BUT REALLY THE WILD FLOWER STYLE IS, MY DESIGN. SEAN: EMILY LOVES WEDDING SO MUCH, SHE HAS TRANSFORMED HER GREENHOUSE INTO A WEDDING VENUE, GREENHOUSE ON THE RIVER. >> I THINK TO BE PART OF PEOPLE’S LOVE STORIES AS MUCH AS CAN SUPPORT THE ENVIRONMENT AND BE VERY LOCAL WITH THIS, I LOVE EVERYTHING. ♪ SEAN: IN PETERBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE IS ROSALY’S GARDEN & FARMSTAND, A COMMUNITY FAVORITE SINCE THE 70’S. >> MY STEP-GRANDMOTHER STARTED THIS FARM IN THE 70’S. ORGANIC IN 1989, WHEN IT WAS POSSIBLE TO BE ORGANIC. SHE IS NUMBER TWO IN THE BOOKS. SO SHE WAS THERE IN MINE WHEN THEY STARTED CERTIFICATION. SEAN: FOR THE PAST YEARS ROSALY HAS DECIDED TO RETIRED FROM THE FIELDS AND IN JANUARY 2022 HER GRANDDAUGHTER ALEXANDRA WALKER AND ALEX CLOVER’S SISTER FIANDACA DECIDED TO TAKE OVER THE OPERATIONS. >> FOR ME IT WAS FAMILY LAND. MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER HAD A DAIRY FARM HERE, A JERSEY MILK OPERATION. HISTORICALLY, ROSALY HAS GROWN 26 ACRES AND THIS IS OUR FIRST YEAR WE HAVE REDUCED. WE ONLY GROW 7 ACRES. SEAN: AMONG THESE 7 ACRES, DOZENS OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF ORGANIC PRODUCTS, NOT TO MENTION BERRIES, AND BEAUTIFUL ROWS OF BLOOMING FLOWERS. >> IN 1991, SHE OPENED THE FARM STAND AND CREATED THIS “YOU PICK” FLOWER AND BERRY OPERATION DOWN THE HILL. >> WE MAKE YOUR CHOICE BY THE POUND. THEY ENTER AND WE GIVE THEM A BUCKET OF WATER AND SCISSORS. THEY GO OUT AND WE GIVE THEM DIRECTIONS AND THEY CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT. >> WE GROW GOOD VARIETIES FOR FLOWER ARRANGEMENT. DIFFERENT SHAPES, LONG RODS ARE PREFERABLE AND DIFFERENT COLORS. ♪ SEAN: THE SISTERS SAY THEY’RE EXPECTING EVERYONE, FROM FAMILIES TO RESTAURANT OWNERS LOOKING TO DRESS THEIR TABLES, TO DIY BRIDES GETTING READY FOR THEIR SPECIAL DAY. >> I THINK THIS WILL SHOW THE LOCAL OBJECTIVE. IT’S HUGE NOW. ABSOLUTELY HUGE. WE SEE THAT FIRST. SEAN: THE FARM IS BUSY, AND THE FIELDS ARE RIPE OF GOOD LOCALS, SOMETHING ROSALY IS HAPPY TO SEE WHEN SHE STOPS. >> SHE CARRIES HER LEGACY. SHE HAS VERY BIG SHOES TO FILL. WE DO OUR BEST. [LAUGHTER] I CALL HER EVERY TIME I HAVE A PROBLEM. ♪

NH Chronicle: Business is booming at these flower farms

Pedal Petals Grown in the Granite State

Tonight, flower farms are popping up all over NH, growing beautiful native flowers ready to brighten anyone’s day. We head to two farms that focus on sustainable organic farming methods and make people and pollinators happy along the way. Plus, we’re heading to Holderness for a gathering of peace, love and your favorite classic VW cars. On Fritz Wetherbee’s New Hampshire: Murder at Ten Pin Alley in Keene

Tonight, flower farms are popping up all over NH, growing beautiful native flowers ready to brighten anyone’s day. We head to two farms that focus on sustainable organic farming methods and make people and pollinators happy along the way.

Plus, we’re heading to Holderness for a gathering of peace, love and your favorite classic VW cars.

On Fritz Wetherbee’s New Hampshire: Murder at Ten Pin Alley in Keene


For more information on tonight’s stories:

Live Bee or Die Farm

New Boston, New Hampshire

Rosalie’s garden

Peterborough, NH

Wolfburg Farm

Holderness, NH

Home this week of:

Libby Museum

Wolfeboro, NH

Terisa K. Carn