In Business: Sonnenblume Flower Farm Creates Unique, Local Flower Arrangements


SAYS A LOT ABOUT HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS.>>GOOD FOR HIM. THANKS, AJ.>>>A NEW CROP OF ENTREPRENEURS IN THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA ARE BRINGING A UNIQUE ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL STORE-BOUGHT FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS. WITH THIS WEEK’S IN BUSINESS, REPORTER RACHEL JOHNSON TAKES TO US A FLOWER SHOP WHERE A YOUNG WOMAN GROWS AND ARRANGES HER OWN NATIVE, ORGANIC FLOWERS.>>THIS IS MY KIND OF PATCH.>>SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GARL MARY SCHAEFBAUER — LITTLE GIRL MARY SCHAEFBAUER HAS ALWAYS LOVED FLOWERS AND GARDENING.>>I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN FLORAL DESIGN AND BUSINESS TOO. IT KIND OF WORKED OUT. IT IS A PERFECT BLEND OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS.>>AROUND FOUR YEARS AGO, WHILE SHE WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL, SCHAEFBAUER TURNED THAT PASSION INTO A BUSINESS, BY OFFICIALLY LAUNCHING SONNENBLUME FLOWER FARM AND DESIGN.>>I REALIZED IT WAS SOMETHING I COULD DO AND I STARTED DOING IT, AND HERE WE ARE.>>MARY DECIDED TO NAME HER BUSINESS SONNENBLUME WHICH IS GERMAN FOR SUNFLOWER AND HER FAVORITE FLOWER.>>IT IS A LOT OF WORK ESPECIALLY IN THE SPRING WHEN I’M GETTING READY FOR FINALS BUT ALSO TRYING TO PLANT EVERYTHING AND GET THE GARDEN READY TO GO. IT IS TOUGH BUT I’VE GOT IT.>>SHE USES ALL LOCAL AND NATIVE FLOWERS AND ALL ORGANIC LOCAL PRODUCTS TO CREATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR WEDDINGS EVENTS BUSINESSES AND PRIVATE HOMES.>>IT IS ALL ORGANIC. IT IS ALL CHEMICAL FREE. I REALLY KIND OF LIKE TO HAVE A LOT OF VARIETY. FLOWERS THAT ARE GROWN FRESH AND PICKED FRESH AND AREN’T SHIPPED IN FROM ELSEWHERE ARE SO MUCH BETTER QUALITY.>>IT IS IMPORTANT TO MARY THAT PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THE FLOWERS COME FROM AND SHE IS EXCITED THAT MORE LIGHT IS BEING SHED ON THE HOW MANY-GROWN FLOWER MOVEMENT.>>THE LOCAL ASPECT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME AND THE ORGANIC ASPECT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME TOO. SO I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT HOW MUCH AWARENESS THERE IS NOW FOR LOCAL FLOWERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE KIND OF STARTING FLOWER FARMS AND MORE PEOPLE ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL PRODUCT.>>FOR SCHAEFBAUER THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT OWNING A FLOWER FARM IS SEEING THE HAPPINESS THAT HER FLOWERS AND ARRANGEMENTS BRING.>>THAT’S KIND OF WHY I DO IT IS PEOPLE ARE SO HAPPY TO GET FLOWERS AND I GET TO ADD THAT SPECIAL LITTLE UNIQUE PART WHERE THERE MIGHT BE SOME FLOWERS THAT PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND SOMETHING UNEXPECTED, SO I THINK IT IS THE JOY THAT BRINGS PEOPLE IS DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE PART.>>REPORTING FROM BRAINERD WITH

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