Delight Flower Farm is a sustainable, women-owned cut flower farm. Since 2011, we have provided the Champaign-Urbana community with access to beautiful, fresh and safe cut flowers. What began as a humble experiment in a backyard garden, has grown into a thriving small farm that provides an alternative to the status quo of the present day global flower industry.
HISTORY. Delight was born in a small plot of backyard garden in 2011. The land was one small slice of a 2 acre yard behind a cooperative home, La Casa Grande Colectiva, in residential Urbana. The farm solely offered CSA services to start. In 2016, the ladies of Delight enrolled in Central Illinois Farm Beginnings (CIFB), a sustainable farm business training program offered by The Land Connection. This training course propelled the farm to new heights; a business plan was written, an LLC was formed, and a bigger growing space was leased. Delight now leases land from the incredible farmers at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. Delight learns a lot each year from Linda Chapman, our mentor at Harvest Moon Flower Farm in Indiana. In the winter of 2017, we participated in Floret‘s online flower farmer training and learned even more about the nuts and bolts of flower farming.
Our method of farming is a marriage of organic gardening and experimenting in more integrated styles of crop cultivation and permaculture. Each year has brought consistent, well-tempered growth and change for Delight. And steadily, the Delight team has grown – first there was Maggie, then Holly, next Liz, Daniel, & now Amanda.
SERVICES. True to our roots, we still offer 10 or 15 week-long cut flower CSA shares. We’ve also expanded our offerings to include a la carte wedding flower supply and design, as well as custom subscriptions for businesses and restaurants. During the season, our flowers can be found at local grocery stores, florists, and the Urbana farmer’s market. We also grow edible flowers, medicinal herbs, and sell evergreen wreaths in winter. Finally, in keeping with our long-term vision for the farm, we teach a variety of workshops on environmental sustainability, floral design, and self-care practices throughout the year.
MISSION. Delight Flower Farm is an environmentally friendly flower farm providing our community with a local, sustainable option for gorgeous flowers. We grow our flowers to help people become aware of and connected to locally grown flowers, to support ourselves in our livelihood as farmers, and to aid in land and pollinator restoration.
MEET THE TEAM
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photo credit (top photo): JP Goguen