Micro Flower Farm

Episode 27: Micro flower farm

Galena Berkompas’ Inspirational Journey: Expanding Micro Flower Farm from Urban Plot to Six Acre Farm

Featuring Galena Berkompas of Micro Flower Farm.

Galena Berkompas of Micro Flower Farm shares her inspiring story of becoming a flower farmer in Episode 27 of The Backyard Bouquet Podcast.

Blossoming Dreams: Galena’s Floral Journey

Today, we have an incredibly special story to share with you, one that embodies the transformative power of nature, resilience, and the beauty of sustainable farming. In the latest episode of the Backyard Bouquet podcast, we are thrilled to welcome Galena Berkompas from Micro Flower Farm. Her journey from a modest urban garden to a thriving six-acre flower farm is not just inspirational but also deeply touching. Galena’s story is a testament to the healing power of gardening and the transformative journey that led her to overcome postpartum depression. Let’s dive into the heartwarming and enlightening journey of Galena Berkompas.

A Therapeutic Beginning: Healing Through Gardening

Galena’s floral journey began in 2020, amidst the throes of postpartum depression. For many new mothers, the transition to motherhood can be incredibly challenging, and Galena was no exception. With little knowledge and limited space in her small urban garden, she started growing flowers as a way to cope. What began as a simple, therapeutic endeavor quickly blossomed into a joyful and fulfilling activity that led to the creation of Micro Flower Farm. Gardening brought color, purpose, and a sense of accomplishment back into her life. This was the foundation for what would become an unexpected yet successful venture into flower farming.

Balancing Family and Farming: The Art of Juggling

One of the most remarkable aspects of Galena’s story is her ability to balance a bustling family life with her farming endeavors. Homeschooling her four children while managing a demanding farm is no small feat. Galena shares practical strategies for maintaining profitability without compromising on quality time with her kids. Her story is peppered with humorous anecdotes about her children’s involvement on the farm, illustrating the joys and challenges of integrating family life with farming.

Sustainability and Organic Practices: Nurturing the Earth

Sustainability is at the heart of Galena’s farming practices. In an era where the impact of conventional farming on the environment is a growing concern, Galena’s commitment to organic methods is both commendable and necessary. She discusses her organic methods and efforts to integrate wildlife into the farming ecosystem. From using organic sprays as a last resort to encouraging bird populations for natural pest control, Galena emphasizes the importance of building a balanced ecosystem. Her story includes a heartwarming account of helping an elderly neighbor transition from chemical weed killers to planting flowers, showcasing the broader impact of her sustainable practices.

Serendipitous Farm Purchase: A Dream Realized For Micro Flower Farm

An intriguing part of Galena’s journey is the serendipitous discovery of her dream farm property through an Airbnb listing. After a long and fruitless search, this unexpected find met all her criteria. The challenges and emotional rollercoaster of negotiating the purchase, preparing their home for sale, and dealing with setbacks make for a compelling narrative. Ultimately, the alignment of finding the right buyers and successfully moving to their dream farm highlights the theme of perseverance and serendipity. This part of her story is a great reminder that sometimes, the universe has a way of aligning things perfectly when you least expect it.

Future Vision For Micro Flower Farm

Galena’s vision for the future of Micro Flower Farm is expansive and community-oriented. She hopes to develop a teaching garden in the future and promote sustainable farming methods. Her nearly one million followers on Instagram are a testament to her influence and the resonance of her story. Galena’s commitment to instilling strong work ethic in her children and prioritizing their well-being is evident as she navigates the responsibilities of social media and farming. Her story is not just about personal success but also about giving back to the community and creating a ripple effect of positive change.

Conclusion: An Invitation to Grow and Bloom

Galena Berkompas’ journey from a small urban garden to a six-acre flower farm is a powerful story of healing, growth, and perseverance. Her commitment to sustainability, family, and community building shines through in every aspect of her work. Tune in to this episode of the Backyard Bouquet podcast for heartfelt stories, valuable insights, and practical advice for anyone interested in flower farming and sustainable gardening.

We’d love for you to stay connected with us by subscribing to the Backyard Bouquet podcast, leaving a review, and sharing this episode with your gardening friends. Until next time, keep growing, keep blooming, and remember that every beautiful bouquet begins right in your own backyard.

So, why wait? Listen to the episode now and let Micro Flower Farm’s story inspire you to start your own floral journey.

In This Episode You’ll Hear About:

  • 00:02:10 – Galena’s Inspiration for Flower Farming
  • 00:04:30 – Transition from Hobby to Profitable Flower Farming
  • 00:06:45 – Involving Kids in the Farming Process
  • 00:10:35 – Balancing Business and Passion for Flower Farming
  • 00:12:39 – Managing Profitability and Personal Preferences in Flower Farming
  • 00:13:21 – Transitioning to a Larger Flower Farm Property
  • 00:16:46 – Involving Family in the Farming Operation
  • 00:21:45 – Balancing Work Ethic and Family Time on the Farm
  • 00:27:13 – Finding the Perfect Property for Flower Farming
  • 00:32:07 – Implementing Natural Pest Control Methods on the Farm
  • 00:40:04 – Unexpected Discovery of New Farm Property
  • 00:44:08 – Challenges and Successes in the Farm Property Purchase
  • 00:48:05 – Reflecting on the Journey to the New Farm Property
  • 00:49:46 – Impact of Social Media Presence on Flower Farming Journey

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