JULY 28, 2018Botanist Oasis: Five Petal Farm transforms North Liberty backyard into flower-based small business by Alison Gowans, Cedar Rapids Gazette
FEBRUARY 2018Five Petal Farm is now listed on the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach website on the Iowa CSA Directory page.
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” Aldo Leopold
FEBRUARY 2018Five Petal Farm is now listed on Field to Family's website. Please help support your local farmers!
"Field to Family works to connect families to local food and farmers in the Iowa City/ Cedar Rapids corridor. One way we do that is to provide a listing of local farms and farmers with general information on what they grow and how to procure locally-grown fresh foods for your dinner table, restaurant menu, dining hall menu, grocery store deli and however, wherever food is served."
I became a member of Floret's Farmer - Florist Collective
"Wherever you are in the world, we want to help you find local flowers quickly and easily. Our intention when creating this Collective was to make a directory that is free, inclusive and accessible on a global level. The flower farms, florists and farmer-florists listed here are all part of the global seasonal flower movement. This special Collective is committed to growing, buying and promoting local flowers. Although separated by many miles, we are kindred spirits united in a love of local, seasonal flowers. Every member of the Collective has pledged to highlight local, seasonal flowers and use sustainable growing and business practices whenever possible. We encourage you to connect with and support these committed, passionate artisans in your community. "
United Action for Youth Festival of Flowers
"With the guidance of the amazingly talented Jennifer Hobbs, owner of Five Petal Farm, young people will be designing the centerpieces for UAY's 12th Annual Festival of Flowers! Thinking about purchasing a Flower CSA this spring & summer? UAY's 12th Annual Festival of Flowers event wil be auctioning off a Flower CSA from Five Petal Farm on May 18th! Thank you Neva Evans - State Farm Agent for this donation!!"
Stop and Sell the Flowers by Shianne Fisher, North Liberty Leader
"She spent several years growing produce and herbs, selling to local restaurants like the Ivy Bake Shoppe & Café, before moving to North Liberty. Ivy owner Martha Wolf patiently awaits Hobbs’ basil arrivals in the summer, which supply the restaurant’s pesto for the entire year. “My goal is always to continually be counting how many (jars) we have left in the freezer,” said Wolf. “By June I am just frantic. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. I’m real stingy with it,” she added. She noted Five Petal Farm basil is a quality product. “When you get someone who raises it and knows what they’re doing, the leaves are so big,” she said. “It smells so wonderful.” Wolf is also passionate about organic and local products and tries to source most of her produce from farmers markets and area growers. She said one could easily be swayed to the local movement by Hobbs, whom she’s known for over a decade. “When you’re around her, you become passionate about flowers,” Wolf said. “You have to. She’s very inspiring,” she added. “She’s forged her own trail with what she wants to do, and not a lot of people do that.”