CONTACT INFO: delightCSA@gmail.com or call Maggie Taylor at 402-432-9342
Established in 2011, Delight Flower Farm is a sustainable, women-owned, flower farm. We offer an annual CSA, sell to grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, to businesses, and offer wedding services. We also grow edible flowers, medicinal herbs, and sell evergreen wreaths in winter.
Our flowers provide habitat for pollinators, and help combat the detrimental practices of the conventional flower industry. We farm with lots of heart. We aim to spread joy, beauty, health, and care of the earth by farming flowers!
FARM. The land used to grow flowers for this season is leased from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery at 4410 N Lincoln Ave, Champaign, IL 61822. We grow quite a bit on a small plot of land (less than a quarter acre!) Our method of farming is a marriage of organic gardening and experimenting in more integrated styles of cultivating crops and permaculture. We think of this farm as just one part of a many tiered system of human, animal, and plant ecology. We’ve been a flower farm using the CSA model since 2011.
CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. For our sake we could adapt to CSF, community supported flowers, but the model is still the same. By investing in a share, you as a member get weekly, seasonal flower arrangements grown with love. You also get to enjoy the relationship that comes from knowing who grows your flowers, regular blog peeks into the garden and educational tidbits about the flowers throughout the season. As farmers we get guaranteed income to support the expenses of tools, soil amendments, bulbs, seeds and plants. The leftover money after initial expenses covers the cost of labor, water, insurance, other year-round maintenance expenses. For more information about other CSAs please visit LocalHarvest.com.
MAGGIE. I wear many hats (especially on sunny days). I love celebrating the beauty of life. Besides growing and arranging flowers I am a yoga instructor, librarian, artist, cook, cyclist, zine-maker and several other things. For me nature is the ultimate in celebrating awe-instilling loveliness everywhere. I’ve been picking flowers and sticking them in vases since I was a kid. Thanks to my green-thumbed, hard-working mother I learned how to grow and tend to them as well. It’s truly remarkable and inspiring. I love the process of going out the garden, seeing what’s in bloom and composing the shapes, colors and flowers most pleasing to the eye. Doing this is something I deeply enjoy. I am so touched to be able to share it will you. Know that each bouquet is arranged with an artistry and enthusiasm. It is my hope that these lovely bundles will bring you and your home or business delight throughout the summer.
HOLLY. Holly Monet Curia has a love for nature, the simple life, yoga, cooking, and the arts. Holly has traveled to live on and learn from organic farms around the world and has spent the last several years endeavoring into the world of urban farming here in Urbana with chickens, permaculture gardening, rainwater collection, and making compost. Holly finds her greatest joys in discovering the gifts of the natural world and how we as humans can be a part of it in our daily lives. Holly is overjoyed to be joining Maggie and Liz again this year for Delight. For her, flowers represent beauty, growth, patience, and enlightenment.
LIZ. I’m a Jack of many trades. I often have trouble narrowing in on just one thing I feel called to do – in my life, in a day, or even in a moment. But the beauty of my indecisive nature is that I spend my time doing so many things that I deeply love. And, lucky for me, many of these loves are connected in ways, subtle and overt. I grow and gather at home, and with the “Ladies of Delight.” I cook at the Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant and in my quirky co-operative home kitchen. I sing – loudly, spontaneously and often – to my dear friends. I create silly adornments with my knitting needles and sewing machine. And I spend time gathering and processing plants to be made into herbal medicinal preparations. All of these passions connect me to the land in some way, shape or form. I humbly wish to do good for the Earth, and all Earth inhabitants, by practicing care for the land through growing flowers, creating art, and peacefully communing and working with other people, plants and creatures. Farming is slow, and hard. But it’s also an honor and a privilege. Each sweet seed that works so hard and harnesses so much energy just to bust through the soil and bloom in a gorgeous collaboration of unique color, geometry, scent and purpose, is a reminder of this balance.
photo credit: Veronica Mullen