Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Krausfeldt.
Hi Angie, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
In 2016, I started Little Flower Stand in Chicago, IL using our yard and roof space to grow flowers. As more and more people were interested in local flowers, I began looking for additional space to grow. Initially, I looked in Chicago (growing on unused land, public spaces, abandoned properties, etc.), but it was challenging to find space we could use, so I began looking outside the city in nearby states. At the time, I worked a full-time job in Chicago at a non-profit and would need to find land that wasn’t too far from the city as I would need to commute back and forth for work.
I began looking in Harbor Country, Michigan, because I grew up spending time here in the summers. I also wanted to stay near the lake. After a few months of searching, our current home came on the market, and I made an offer. The wheels started turning, and before you know it, my then 8-year-old son and I moved into our home on 10 acres in Union Pier, MI at the end of November 2017.
We named our farm, Two Peas Farm & Flowers, and in the last (nearly) five years, I’ve built this land up with just a wheelbarrow and hard work. We have a little flower stand at the end of the property, right off the road, and our loyal customers come by for their flowers every weekend while we’re in season. Each year, more and more people find us, and slowly but surely, we’ve built a business.
I continue to work a full-time job in addition to running the farm and selling flowers.
We shared our story on the Slow Flowers podcast here: https://www.slowflowerspodcast.com/tag/two-peas-farm-and-flowers/
We shared our story with edible Michiana here: https://ediblemichiana.ediblecommunities.com/shop/two-peas-farm-flowers-union-pier-michigan
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been a challenge to build up this space. I didn’t and still do not have heavy equipment to use on the land. I have had to turn this space in a market garden with only a wheelbarrow and determination. In fact, our first wheelbarrow would lose its wheel just about every time I used it, but I had very little money and had to make do with what we had for the first three years.
Our house had a number of issues after we moved in that were incredibly costly (new roof, new septic system, well issues, etc.). I was constantly pouring money into the house, so there was nothing left for anything else. It was a very stressful time. Plus, we were adjusting to going from a 900 sq ft condo in the city to a 10-acre property with systems I had no experience with (septics, wells, etc.). We had no family or friends out here, so it was really a crash course in country living.
Our clay soil would flood after every rain, and we had a lot of standing water. Using organic practices, I’ve slowly improved the soil and continue to work on making it better.
Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a market gardener that grows and sells cut flowers. My customers love our specialty tulips and dahlias.
I’m most proud of what I’ve created here with very little and completely on my own while raising my son and working a full-time job.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up.
My favorite childhood memories center around holiday traditions with my family.
Putting up Halloween decorations with my mom and stuffing our scarecrow “Bubba” with leaves, and dressing him in my dad’s old clothes. Carving pumpkins we picked out from a nearby community business.
Picking out our Christmas tree from the local YMCA, putting on our favorite Christmas album, and decorating the tree with my mom. Staying up late to try and catch a glimpse of Santa.
- Website: www.twopeasfarm.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twopeasfarm
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twopeasfarm1