Happy as a Coneflower Farm specializes in growing high quality cut flowers for the floral industry. Our farm was created out of a pure love of flowers big and small, humble and ornate, vintage and modern. We see flowers as a symbol of nature’s vast imagination – little works of art picked fresh from the field, popped into a vase and enjoyed………simple as that!
When it came time to create a logo for the farm, we went straight to local NC artist Deona Fish. She painted this original piece just for us! Her work captures perfectly a whimsy and awe of flowers that speaks directly to our hearts.
I spent most of my younger life in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of the southwest; growing jalapenos was a world away from growing lush garden flowers. I’d always had a love of plants and spent my college days doing lab work for a botanist. I came to NC after working as a chemist in Boston and took a brief, part-time job for a florist during the transition. I developed a love of flowers and soon discovered small farmers across the country grew flowers for the floral industry. Well, I’ve never been one to play it very safe so in 2009 I quit my job as a chemist and interned for no pay for a full year on a local organic vegetable and flower farm. I loved it, I had found my calling! I grew cut flowers on leased farm land until 2016 when I purchased land in Chatham County. My family and I built a home and began to grow flowers on our own land.
Happy as a Coneflower Farm is located in Pittsboro, NC, just south of Chapel Hill. We grow ½ acre of field flowers and several hoop houses full of flowers. This is the farm’s sixth year in operation.
We grow all our flowers using organic methods. We manage soil health by keeping tilling to a minimum and always feeding our soil with natural amendments, compost and our homegrown worm castings. To combat pests, we have found that beneficial insects are our best soldiers. We employ ladybugs and lacewings for aphids, nematodes and minute pirate bugs for thrips and predatory mites for mites – to name a few. This land is where our children and animals play, we work and pollinators pollinate, we are committed to keeping it safe and healthy!