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New Farmer in Residence Grows Organic Flowers

Carole Mapes. English photo

Carole Mapes. English photo

Carole Mapes, MOFGA's new farmer-in-residence, will be bringing organic floriferous beauty to the hoophouse and fields at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Mapes started at MOFGA in early spring and by late April had a hoophouse full of healthy seedlings for her cut-flower business, including stock, poppies and sweet peas.

Mapes grew up in Iowa and has been in Maine for five years, first farming at Fail Better Farm and then at Cornerstone Farm. At the latter, MOFGA journeyperson Sarah Ingalls had been growing cut flowers, and when Ingalls left, Mapes took over the flower cultivation. She says she likes farming, and flowers seem like a crop that is in demand and can be grown on smaller acreage than some other crops. She welcomes the opportunity to grow at MOFGA during her time as farmer-in-residence, as she has access to MOFGA's land, machinery, walk-in cooler, hoophouse and other infrastructure, thus saving money initially while she starts her business, Flywheel Flowers (@flywheelflowerson Instagram). She'll be selling at five farmers' markets. In winter and spring, Mapes works at the call center of Johnny's Selected Seeds.

Welcome, Carol!

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