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Full Bloom Flower Farm - Graton, CA

By Aleta Parseghian

We are fortunate in Sonoma County to be part of an incredible local farming movement. Small scale farmers are popping up everywhere and offering a bounty high-quality organic foods and flowers. Locally grown and made products are abundant in the spring and summer. But what do these farmers do during the dormant winter months?

Hedda Brorstrom of Full Bloom Flower Farm has gotten creative with how to keep busy when her garden is not in bloom. During the warm season, she is occupied by farming her intimate plot of land in Graton, delivering bouquets to local stores and restaurants, and creating stunning arrangements for weddings. But once all the seeds have been harvested, all the tubers dug up and stored, and the wilted plants pulled from the frost-bitten earth, Hedda turns her focus towards healing.

Hedda’s exploration into herbal medicines has been inspirational for her. She is fascinated by the earth’s ability to heal and nourish and by how powerful these medicines can be. She plans to expand her herbal garden next spring to include plants that can be both medicine and beautiful additions to her floral arrangements.

Having just completed a nine month course in Herbal Studies, she has learned how to extract the healing properties from plants and turn them into tinctures, salves, balms, teas, and more. She will be making an “Immunity Kit” for winter that will include a variety of tinctures, salves and teas to keep you healthy throughout the cold season. You can see her products first hand at the annual Goddess Crafts Faire (Sebastopol Community Center) on December 13 & 14, where she will have a booth selling her herbal medicines, along with dried flower and evergreen wreaths and garlic braids. If you can’t make it to the faire and want to purchase her products, email her at hedda.brordstrom@gmail.com. 

Hedda will also be hosting a wreath making workshop on December 6 from 11 to 1 at her farm in Graton. She is planning to host more workshops throughout the winter, so follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fullbloomflower to see what she’s up to. Come springtime, keep an eye out for her bouquets at Andy’s Produce in Sebastopol, or sign up for her weekly bouquet program.

A slow farming advocate and supporter of other local slow flower farmers, she sees the benefit to our economy and environment from using only locally grown blossoms.  It is a joy to have watched Full Bloom Flower Farm grow from a small booth at the farmers market to a thriving, multi-faceted business. Hedda has a true gift, not just in the exquisite flower arrangements she creates, but also in her ability to grow and nurture her flowers the way nature intended.

 

Full Bloom Flower Farm

fullbloomgraton.com

www.facebook.com/fullbloomflower

hedda.brorstrom@gmail.com

707-591-6968

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