A big part of why 5 Loaves Farm started was to bring beauty and hope into our neighborhood where once there had been blight and neglect. We’ve planted many flower gardens along the way, most of them filled with flowers that help promote pollinators to come and visit our farm and add a splash of beauty into the landscape of our neighborhood. But over the past few years, we’ve been blessed to work with Christy of Nickel City Floral to add a lot more flowers to the farm and use them to bless people throughout our city!
Nickel City Floral sprouted out of Christy Ledebur’s passion to share local, sustainable, seasonal flowers bouquets with her neighbors here in Buffalo. These values of seasonality, hyper-local marketing, and organic practices fit perfectly with what we are doing at 5 Loaves Farm. Her family had been Community Supported Agriculture farm share members with the farm, and saw that we could use a little help with our cut flower game! So she has stepped up big time and helped us launch 5 Loaves Farm Floral as a major enterprise of the farm. She grows flowers for Nickel City Floral’s bouquet subscriptions, but also for farm events, flash sales at our farmstand & CSA pick-up, DIY bouquet buckets for restaurants and events around the city, and even a few weddings for friends and family!
This year, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chrisy approached me to see if we needed more garden space to grow food for people instead of flowers. However, since we were already expanding the garden space we have this year to have more space for food production, we decided that during these difficult times, that more than ever, people need the beauty and hope flowers can bring!
So this year Christy has taken the lead in donating flowers to neighbors and to the health care workers that have been at the front lines of battling this pandemic. Over the past few weeks she has delivered arrangements to the Jericho Road Community Health Center locations throughout the city, and brightened the days of both the staff and patients.
This partnership is another demonstration of how together we can see this through and come out stronger on the other side. We are so grateful for all of Christy’s efforts and talents, and how she has chosen to bless her community with them. Be looking for a DIY bouquet stand at our CSA pick-up 4-7pm tonight, and more opportunities to enjoy the beauty Christy creates this fall!