,I was blessed to be asked to do my bio for a new website Called Unending Possibility, which is a networking website for women and women-owned business forum. I am a former medical transcriptionist with 18 plus years in the field. Bambi Feaster, the founder of the Unending Possibilty website, is also a former MT trying to reach out and help others in the field as it comes to a close and declines. Bambi and I "met" through a Life After Medical Transcription Group where those of us out of the field try to help and mentor those transitioning to a new career field. Many of these women were in the field of medical transcription for most of their adult working lives. Most of us loved the field and it once afforded a great income to support our families. Some of these women were employees, some independent contractors, and other small business owners with 15, 20, or even 30 years of experience. Increasingly, they are now left trying to find a new career path with onset of outsourcing to medical charts offshore, plummeting wages, lack of work, and also with the advent of speech recognition and healthcare systems going to EPIC (healthcare software). These women have tremendous skill sets, mad researching skills, and tremendous innovation. In my humble opinion, the medical field has always undervalued the medical transcription field. It takes great skill to type 75-80 wpm (or more), fix grammar and punctuation on the fly, and type from spoken word and make sure all technical terms, instruments, and procedures are accurate and correct.
My bio is currently on the Unending Possibility website. I would like to reach out and share that bio and also Bambi's website. I hope this will inspire people that they CAN make a career change at any age! (I am now 50 and transitioned out of the field in 2014).
My bio on the website can be found here
Here is an excerpt from Unending Possibility About page. Visit the website here
WHAT UNENDING POSSIBILITY IS ALL ABOUT
Welcome to Unending Possibility. I’m Bambi Feaster, owner of the site. For the last 40+ years, I’ve primarily worked in health information documentation. In some circles, we’re known as medical transcriptionists, MTs, documentation specialists, editors. No matter what you call us, our world has slowly been blown up, leaving many of us wondering how to support ourselves. A large number of transcriptionists are over the age of 50, many single and self supporting. I’ve had this domain name for some years and was never quite sure what I was going to do with it. A few weeks ago, it found a purpose.
I’m reaching out to any woman who may find herself needing a tribe, needing to network, or that place to go to that says, “Here, let me help.” My intention is not to reinvent the wheel. I am going to compile lists of job sites, will share whenever I hear of a good gig, and will try to share some education for jobs you might not have considered. So if you hear of a job you think I should list, please send it on to me (see our Contact page).
I’ll be blogging as well on topics that I think may be of interest and timely for the audience I’m trying to reach. While anyone is welcome, admittedly this site will be geared toward women 50 and older. I’ll try to cover a wide range of topics but all relating in some way to the Possibilities we have at this time in our lives.
You will also find our Women-Owned Businesses page. I think the title is self-explanatory, but here I’ll highlight women who have left the desk and reinvented themselves, or found something totally different to do at the desk. Look for our podcasts coming soon! Until then, I will be doing written interviews with these women so others may be inspired
I just did a blog about availability of visits to our farm or "farmette" as I like to call it because we are a small lavender farm. We are not set up for large argrotourism events. However, we are interested in any garden tours that might be available for next season (2019) to share our fields and grounds.
This is a way we thought we could share our fields and also our natural wildflower meadow and other plants. We are working towards turning grass into meadows! We started a test plot this year and it has done amazing! We'd be happy to show people how we dry our lavender and our drying racks and also will have some various products on display.
If anyone has info on any such tours or garden clubs intersted in the Monroe County Michigan area please contact us through our contact form or email me at email@example.com. We are looking to set up for next season.
Keep in mind we are a smaller farm and will need to stagger visits, depending how large he group, to allow only smaller groups (possibly 10-15 people at one time). Parking is limited, although we are across the street from a large park with parking.
More Info for Garden Clubs or Tours:
I would like to let you know we have our own small lavender farm right on the outskirts of Monroe. We have over 300 plants of different varieties of lavender and also a wildflower meadow/zinnia meadow with more extensive planting for next year.
We fill another niche with our planting. We do a lot of floral design and weddings and are working on growing all our own flowers our dried floral arrangements. We have a very active online store for traditional lavender products and floral designs. We also are a vendor at the The Vintage Market Home in Downtown Wyandotte (new vintage retailer). We were also featured on Toledo News 24 on Mother's Day! www.lavenderrosefarms.com is our website.
We would love to be involved with any garden tours next season. Late June to mid July is the best time to see lavender in bloom.
We've had a lot of requests for visits to the farm and while we appreciate the interest, we are not open to the public at this time. As I have mentioned before we might open for select special events by appointment in coming seasons.
So why isn't our farm open to agrotourism like many larger farms? Part of the answer is we just moved to this property in 2017 so this is only our second season growing here. We planted from scratch in 2017. Lavender takes about 3 years to reach full maturity. While we do have a few older plants we brought from our previous home, most plants we have are only 2 years old. We were very happy to get a harvest this year. We got more than anticipated! Despite that, we don't expect a full harvest until next year.
To have a larger lavender farm you do need to be in a generally rural area to have enough acreage to plant. Some larger farms actually are very large and plant several acres of lavender. They also may have an onsite store, other gardens, and some even have event centers plus possibly their home and parking to accommodate. Think in term of large cider mills and the amount of land those require. Now, not all lavender farms are this big, but many are. Some are mid-sized and plant an acre of lavender and possibly have an onsite store in a walk-out basement or other outbuilding.
We did look at several properties that would have made all this a possibility for us, but with that also came into play the condition of the house with the land, did it have outbuildings since we needed a barn or some structure for drying lavender and amount of parking etc. Also most of these properties were truly very rural and some distance from town. Also cost came into play as it's quite expensive to buy large acreage.
We really had to define our families wants and needs and balance that with wanting to do our lavender farm. I started as a gardener because I loved flowers and also the therapeutic aspects of it. I have talked in previous posts/blogs about my struggle with anxiety/depression. Gardening and lavender in particular really soothed those conditions. So what started as a hobby and sort of thearpy morphed into a business, which I am very grateful for. However, I had to think about what can we afford in terms of land/house, what needs did it need to meet for our family and for myself as well and how much of our property did we want to have open to the public.
We settled on a property that was only 2.5 acres, but it did have the size of home we needed in the condition we needed (not a lot of renovation). It also had a very large barn with electricity and place to store products and dry our lavender. It's on the edge of town so not really truly rural. It's more semi-rural. There are some subdivisions across the street from us and on our side of the road most are homes with large lots of several acres.
Our property originally was a strip farm, which are long ribbons of land used for farming along a roadway. Our property ends at the River Raisin so we have river front where we can put in our canoe and utilize the river, which was an added bonus. However, because the width of the property is not as great as the length and we have neighbors on either side, we decided it was best not have public access at all times. We felt this met our privacy needs for our family as well.
So, today, we run our our "farmette" as a way to supply our lavender products and floral designs. I do occasionally still purchase from other larger farms when floral design orders are more than our fields can produce. We are working towards growing everything here on our land that we use in our products and designs.
Also, unlike many lavender farms, our intent was never to be a lavender-only farm. I started a wildflower meadow and a zinnia field this year. I also did a test plot with yarrow, gladiolus and dahlias. We plan to expand all of these and more in coming years. We also grow roses, peonies, and lilacs and we have wild grapes on our property. I am going to be making some jelly from these this year!
As far as visits to the farm... in future seasons we may open to the public for special events such a U-pick or some other type of event. However, much of that depends on our harvest. We have 300 lavender plants and right now no plans to expand that planting area for the lavender. I am concentrating on getting those plants mature and healthy. We just finished the field this year in terms of planting and mulching it with river rock.
We do try to make our products readily available... We have a strong online presence with our website and Etsy store. We also are starting to do a few in-person markets. You can also find our products in The Vintage Market Home 110 Sycamore Wyandotte Mi - a retail vintage and handmade store.
If we do decide to do any visits to the farm, it most likely will be by appointment. For instance if someone is looking for fresh lavender and it's in bloom, I could certainly set an appointment for an individual to come out and pick some lavender for a few bouquets. As mentioned, we may do some special event workshop or classes in the future where you would be able to see the lavender and wildflower meadows. I have worked with local residents around the Monroe for pick up and delivery of products and wedding party orders so they don't have to pay shipping. I had a client in Wyandotte, when we were residing in Riverview, that I used to deliver culinary lavender to at her house. You can always email us or use the contact form if you desire delivery or pick up options locally. Follow our events page to see upcoming markets and events.
Please bear with us as we grow and find the right footing for our business and home! We are so glad you follow our progress and I have received some nice feedback from readers!
I feel so incredibly blessed. When we bought this property I had planned out a lavender field as that was our original plan. So this year we have had our first harvest after planting this year and last. We finally completed the field includig the Rock mulch and our lavender is drying in the barn. In my dreams, I also envisioned a field of wildflowers, zinnas, yarrow, and other kinds of flowers. . We just started on a test plot this year for glads, dahlias, and yarrow. We intend to really expand and do a larger field behind the lavender. We did a square plot adjacent to the back bed this year as sort of a test plot for direct sowing. We did some sunflowers, which were smaller ones for cut flowers. They are growing, but no blooms yet. We did a section with zinnia seeds and a section with wildflower seeds. I thought I might use some of the zinnias and sunflowers for cut flowers, but mostly the pasture was to attract butterflies and bees. Today, when I went out to check the field and do some weeding in the lavender fields, I saw so many butterflies including a monarch! The field of wildflowers and zinnias are not in full bloom, but they are beginning. I couldn't be more pleased!
I always dreamed of fields of wildflowers and other types of flowers. Sort of my own meadow. I hope you enjoy the pictures as as much as I do (see the slideshow below). I feel very blessed that we have this land to create beautiful gardens. I see the nature, including all the butterflies and the bees around, and it makes me happy. We have bunnies making a home in the zinni's, which I guess is okay as long as they stay out of the lavender!
Our plans are to start some raised beds for some flowers, veggies and herbs. We will be expanding the flower meadow/pastures as well. The direction we want to take our small "farmette" is to be a lavender and dried flower farm. We will do some fresh cuts as well. I hope to grow most of the flowers I use in my floral design! Our property is only 2.5 acres and we would like to keep it manageable for my husband and myself to maintain. We have made a conscious effort to produce a variety of great lavender and other flowers, but yet still remain a try small farm. Our products are readily available online and at the Vintage Market Home. Remember, the Wyandotte Street/Art Fair is this weekend so stop into the Vintage Market Home at 110 Sycamore. They are open all weekend. We took a bunch of floral designs and other products down to the store this week! Also follow our events page for other farmers and vintage markets we will be attending.
Keep following us... I hope our journey inspires you whether you want a big agro-tourism type farm of your own or a small "farmette" like we have, or you just simply enjoy gardening and flowers. God bless!
I have received more photos of the stylized wedding shoot by Joy Photography. I just wanted to share them with you. I think they look amazing. This is our Country Meadow bouquet and boutonniere. The colors look a little peachy due to lighting but there is a actually sage green, pink, yellows, blue and purples. The listing can be found here. I made a slideshow of the shoot since I received quite a few more pictures. Thank you to Joy Photography for the beautiful photos!
If photograhers are interested using using our floral design in a photoshoot please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, Here we worked with Joy Photography in Tennessee. We donated the bouquet and boutonniere and shipped to photographer. She will return the bouquet after the shoot and used it in her stylized photos. In exchange for the boutonniere and bouquet use we get to use the digital copies of the photos in our marketing, listings for products etc. We are open to working with other photographers. Also we are happy to take photos sent from clients. I have had several bride's provide a copy of pictures from their wedding with the floral design I created in the past. I always appreciate seeing our floral designs in use! If interested in donating photos from your wedding, I would suggest you send a photo with a credit to the photographer (printed on picture) so I can properly credit them.
We use these types of photos in our listing for our shop so others can see the floral design used in an actual event!
Thank you to Joy Photography for these beautiful photos. Please look at our floral design page on our website. We multiple pictures donated from photography studios and clients. The rest of the photos not with wedding couples are credited to Lavender Rose Farms Photography (that's me! ). Happy July and have a great Fourth of July!
* The bouquet used is our Country Meadow. The colors appears slightly muted in photos due to filter/lighting used. The bouquet can be found here.
** Joy Photography (Trina Carnett Joy) page can be found here
On 6/14.2018, we posted some photos of our English lavender harvest. I was a bit disappointed. While the lavender was beautiful, there was not as much as I had hoped. We did get some bundles and dried them. We had a lot of the English lavender eaten by our bunnies the first year and so most of the replants I did this spring were from that. I replanted or replaced more than 20 plants. Because of those reasons, the English harvest just wasn't as big as expected. However, next year I am hoping for a bit more. All the plants look great and we have conquered the bunny situation finally.
I have been anxiously awaiting the Grosso and Phenomenal harvest. These are just second year plants and our first harvest. We got so much MORE than I expected and I am thrilled! I was really a bit edgy about planting Grosso, as I know it doesn't overwinter as well as English lavender or Phenomenal. However, both rows of Grosso we planted not only survived, but have thrived and given us a terrific start to harvest. We still have some plants that weren't ready to be harvested, but we harvested about 3/4 of the plants last night. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Lavender Rose Farms LLC is a vendor at The Vintage Home Market at 110 Syncamore in Wynadotte. The store will be open during the Wynadotte Street/Art Fair July 11-14. Lavender Rose Farms will supplying the store with extra products!
We are bringing new products to the store as well! We will be bringing in candles, guest/gift soaps, wildflower and botanical potpourri, more sachets, wreaths, floral designs, linen water and more! While you are out and about looking at all the great art, crafts, etc, please stop into The Vintage Home Market.
Map to store and further details are included on our events page.
Hey all! We are getting info on some farmer's markets and some great suggestions. We also have been contacted by a few markets as well to join. Just wanted to update where we are. We finally got the lavender field completely planted. We are almost finished spreading rock. I have harvested some English lavender and waiting on the Grosso and Phenomenal. We started with the Vintage Home Market at 110 Sycamore in Downtown Wyandotte in June. They don't have all our products but a sampling. I will be taking more down in the next couple of weeks to stock up for the Wyandotte Street Fair/Art Fair. The shop will be open during the street fair so please stop in and shop!
We have a few Vintage and Handmade in person markets scheduled for fall and the holidays. Those are posted on our Events page. As far as this summer, we are not involved in any Farmer's Markets. What we hope to do is make a list of the different markets we are interested in or have contacted us and go down and look.
What we don't want to do is spread ourselves too thin. I am the only full-time worker (farmer, product maker, floral designer, painter, web person, sales and market person and many other hats!). My husband helps and supports me tremendously, but he works a full-time job. He's not a full-time farmer yet! My adults sons also help as needed but both work and one is in college. So we are definitely being a bit choosy about what markets we go with to fit our schedule best as I will need some help from at least one family member to transport and set up products, tents, etc.
Good news is we have some ideas for a couple of in-person farm events next season. I am working on them and will announce when everything is worked out. We are excited to be able have some people come out to the farm and see the lavender and what we are doing here.
Hopefully soon I can add a few markets to the events page as well!
It's a hot one - Happy Father's Day!
Here Just a quick update to show you the start of our harvest. Most of our plants are first and second year plants so they are not at maturity. Next year's harvest should be larger. Today I harvested the English lavender that was ready. There was Hidcote, Melissa, and Munstead varieties. The Grosso and Phenomenal intermediate lavender, which we have quite a few of, are not ready to harvest yet. They come a bit behind the English lavender. Here are some photos of the harvest today. I was so happy that for our first harvest season since we moved to our property in Monroe that we got such nice bundles.