- Julia Rogers
The Full Circle Moment
Welcome to our farm blog page! My name is Julia Rogers, co-owner of Blackberry Ridge Farm. My husband, Nick, and I started Blackberry Ridge Farm in 2018 after he got out of active-duty military service. We moved back to our hometown to build a home and start a business on farmland that has been in my family for over 100 years. We were drawn to the health and wellness aspect of the hemp industry as we believe CBD has the potential to improve the quality of life for users without the negative side effects associated with prescription drugs. As a complement to the CBD side of our business, we grow cut flowers for bouquets. Flowers bring instant joy and when purchased locally, last much longer than internationally sourced blooms and are more environmentally sustainable. To increase the depth of our business model, we added a layer of agritourism. By adding a cut-your-own flower field and hosting various events on our farm, we have been able to share the beauty of our land with our neighbors, a circle that is continuously expanding as we grow. We are also able to maintain the agrarian legacy that was once most prominent in our region. I am extremely proud that we have developed a brand that is known for its reliable quality, authenticity, and holistic elements.
Several weeks ago, in preparation for one of our workshops, I was collecting broom straw grass to incorporate into bunches of dried flower bouquets. As I stood out in the field, I remembered a time as a little girl when I collected the very same type of grass to sell in bunches at the Christmas Bazaar at our church. Though, I'm pretty sure my mom bought all of those bunches, I'll never forget the desire to reimagine the natural beauty of this land and share it in a new way with my community. It's taken me almost 40 years to figure out that I am the same person I have always been, a farmgirl who loves this land and wants to work the dirt with my hands. Life has taken me down many winding roads, and I am grateful for all of them, but I am so happy to have the opportunity to live here and farm this land. If I could give my childhood self any advice, it would be to pay attention to what really brings you joy and find a way to do it. It may take you some decades to get there, but when you do, you will feel a completeness you have never known.