Mandy Hornick, Blue Ridge Blooms

Caterpillar Tunnels
Grant Award: $8,000

The addition of two covered 50′ high tunnels will enable Blue Ridge Blooms to extend their season of spring flowers and produce a better quality crop than could be grown in the field.

Producing more flowers will increase Mandy’s income through all of her market outlets; she will be able to supply the majority of the flowers she designs for weddings and the early flowers will enable her to expand her weekly service to restaurants and other businesses.

Blue Ridge Blooms is in its eighth year of production and there is strong demand for their flowers.  Next year she will be using an online system called Rooted Farmers which specializes in connecting flower farmers, florists, and other customers.

 

Buncombe County

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