We are Katie, Mike and Garnet and we love growing flowers and medicinal herbs in Big Sandy Mush, NC.
Mike hails from Durham, NC attended UNCA and has a degree in horticultural science from Haywood Community College. He managed a small landscaping and gardening business before we started farming together. I am a native Ashevillian. I attended Warren Wilson College and NC State University where I studied communications and public relations. I found my true calling at The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine where I dove deep into the world of medicinal plants and the great beauty of our native flora and fauna. I worked for a small flower farm in Marshall and after a few seasons realized that I wanted to make a career of growing flowers. I took a small business class and the rest came together very serendipitously.
Once the economy and therefore Mike’s landscaping business slowed down, he joined me in the fields and after a season declared, “I love growing flowers!” And much to my happy heart he also loves making bouquets!
We started our farming adventure in 2008, renting land in Candler, NC from Brad Martin of Southeastern Natives Plant Nursery. With the help of our families, we were able to purchase our own farm in Big Sandy Mush, just outside of Leicester, NC where we have been farming since 2012. We welcomed our son in January 2014, and life has never been the same! We are so thankful for all the support we have received on this venture, seen and unseen, which is one of the reasons we named our farm after the Goddess of Love, Lady Luck!
We harvest a wide variety of flowers and medicinal herbs from April to October. We are strongly committed to the stewardship of the land, and only use organic inputs to grow our crops. We see the farm as a microcosm of our planet Earth, where individual organisms work symbiotically to nurture and sustain one another.