Regina Jodie McCord, Great Blue Farms
Seed to Bloom to Bouquet
Grant Award: $8,000
Having grown up on her family’s tobacco/vegetable farm, Jodie has been growing annuals, perennials, bi-annuals and shrubs for weddings and events on the same farm since 2019. In 2020, Great Blue Farms tripled production and sales to include weddings, pop-up flower bars, bouquet sales, and flower arranging classes and workshops. Sales continued to increase exponentially in 2021.
To continue growth of the farm, they will expand their operation to include a 12′ x 24′ Grow Span Estate Elite Large Greenhouse with propane heated/solar vents with exhaust fans, black shade cloth and two 4′ x 8′ metal benches. This expansion will allow them to start all their cut flowers from seed, tubers, and bulbs, and allow better management of their successive planting schedule, and greatly extend their season by 2-3 months longer. The result will be double flower production and expansion of their popular “Seed to Bloom to Bouquet” workshops.