One of my favorite scents of springtime (and there are many, trust me) are the beautiful, fragrant, Italian sweet Violets. These violas have been bred to have intense fragrance (think *purple candy*), with beautiful coloring. I’m growing these to try and get long enough stems to add into corsages and posies for our wedding work. […]

Floral Design, Flower Farming, Kitchen

Sweet Violets

This little soap project began as a way for me to beat the boredom I find in the dead of winter. A project that would give us something to add as a little gift to our couples, something to sell at some markets. I’m sure you see where this is going, given the fact that […]

Soap

Old Slate Farm’s Handmade Soap

Since we are in the middle of lambing season, I thought I’d share some of the tricks we have learned and gleaned over the years to help facilitate a healthy and thriving lamb crop. Lots of this, we have learned the hard way, so this is the guide I wish I had a few years […]

Sheep

Tips on Preparing for Lambing Season

I always think its interesting to hear about how small farming businesses came to be. It’s always the information I’m digging for and I find the journey to creating a business really quite fascinating. That being said, I realized I’ve never written down how Old Slate Farm came to be. As weird as it feels […]

Farmhouse Restoration, Floral Design, Flower Farming

2010’s in Review

I’m so excited that spring is coming up next and we will once again be welcoming people to learn and retreat for a bit. 2019 was my first year offering workshops here. After traveling to teach at many different venues, I decided what I know is best shared where I feel the most comfortable: at […]

Floral Design, Flower Farming

Spring Workshops at the Farm

It’s time to start sharing some of our beautiful weddings from 2019, and I thought I’d start with a favorite from the fall. Kristina and Jordan had a vision for a classic, garden-inspired wedding at the brand new Magnolia Hill Farm in Centerburg, Ohio. The owners of Magnolia Hill farm are Ashley and Coty Henry […]

Floral Design

Kristina + Jordan, September 28th, 2019

While it might seem untimely, as we are about 6-7 months away from seeing the flowers in this post, it’s an important time of year to begin sourcing seeds for your first round of sowing, for flowers that will be the first to bloom outside of your bulbs, perennials, and tunnel crops. Here, in our […]

Flower Farming

Early Summer Annuals from Seed

(A post from our former site, updated and edited) When we first purchased our property, we needed to have a modern septic system installed, as the home sewer was still a brick cesspool (no, this isn’t just a term for something disgusting…it’s actually a thing), and it had failed. This left us with a large […]

Sheep

The Sheep

I am so happy that it’s finally time to unveil our new website to the world. This new space online feels like the best pair of boots – the ones you slip on every time you head out the door…the ones that keep your feet warm and dry, practical but still fashionable enough to head […]

Floral Design, Flower Farming

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