81: Blossoming Success: Kim Fleming’s Journey from Garden Design to Sustainable Flower Farming

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Today, we’re in for a real treat as we chat with the wonderful Kim Fleming from Marlston Farm Girl. Grab a cuppa, sit back, and let’s dive into Kim’s fascinating journey and insights into flower farming.

Episode Summary

In this episode, we have an engaging conversation with Kim Fleming, the vibrant force behind Marlston Farm Girl. Kim shares her inspiring journey from America to the UK, her decision to dive into flower farming, and how she built her business from the ground up during the lockdown. We explore her passion for sustainable, organic British flowers, and the challenges and triumphs she’s faced along the way. Kim’s story is one of determination, creativity, and a relentless drive to make a positive impact in the floral industry.

Key Takeaways

  1. From Garden Design to Flower Farming: Kim’s transition from garden design in America to running a successful flower farm in the UK, inspired by her love for gardening and the unexpected opportunity presented during the lockdown.
  2. Sustainable and Organic Practices: The importance of growing flowers sustainably and organically, and how Kim has implemented these practices on her farm to contribute to a healthier environment.
  3. Challenges of Flower Farming: The various challenges Kim faces, including unpredictable weather, labour management, and the steep learning curve from gardening to full-scale farming.
  4. Business Growth and Strategy: Kim’s approach to scaling her business rapidly to ensure its sustainability and success, and her decision to focus on wholesale as a key market.
  5. Community and Collaboration: The significance of community and collaboration in the flower farming industry, and how Kim values and leverages these relationships to grow her business.
  6. Future Aspirations: Kim’s ambitious plans for the future, including expanding her seed company to promote the use of British-grown seeds and furthering her mission of sustainability.
  7. Personal Reflections: Insightful reflections from both Kim and Roz on their experiences in the flower farming industry, their love for what they do, and the personal fulfilment they find in their work.

Connect with Kim Fleming

Instagram: @MarsdenFarmGirl

Website: Marsden Farm Girl

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