I, Gail Farlow, with the support of my husband Mick, have a sustainable, small scale flower farm and a flower truck. I facilitate horticulture therapy sessions and flower growing workshops on the Sunshine Coast.
Mick and I are both passionate about restorative and sustainable agriculture and strive to enhance our soil, ourselves and our community through intentional farming and floristry practices.
I enjoy continuous learning through reading, listening to podcasts and talking to other growers. Check out the Resource page of this website for links to helpful information that you may enjoy too.
To contribute to our local community I volunteer as a garden educator at the Landsborough Community Kindergarten to encourage the children to learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self confidence by spending time in the garden, tending plants and growing their own food.
I am also a proud member of the QCWA (Qld Country Womens Association) Beerwah Branch and the Nambour and North Coast division Floral Art Convenor.
I am passionate about ‘sharing the power of flowers’ through friendly face-to-face service in all areas of my business.
Along with growing seasonal farm fresh flowers, one of my goals is to support individuals, groups and organisations by facilitating horticultural-based therapies. I aim to improve people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life through educational gardening activities and workshops.
To help make this possible, I have recently completed certificates in Horticulture Therapy and Cut Flower Production to compliment my previous 7 years experience in all areas of flower farming.
I am a member of the Horticulture Therapy Australia organisation, you can learn more about that organisation on their website Therapeutic Horticulture Australia
We have been nurturing our 1.25-acre parcel of land at Bells Creek since 1992. We have enjoyed an intentionally simple lifestyle of growing our own food, keeping chickens and raising our two daughters.
Once the girls left home and I had more time on my hands, I could spend my time more freely, doing what I liked. I always wanted to be a farmer. So, this presented the perfect opportunity to become a flower farmer. I chose to grow flowers as opposed to food because I wanted to share the power and enjoyment of flowers.
Since 2015, when this decision was made, I have purposefully learnt, researched, experimented, risked, grown and challenged myself along the journey to what is now Farlows’ Floriculture. During these first five years, I worked full-time off the farm to buy the initial infrastructure to get me started.
In 2021, with the support of Mick, I made the decision to take the next step in my business plan to dedicate myself to Farlows’ Floriculture full-time. This would not be possible without Mick working full-time off the farm while also supporting me with the business. He significantly contributes to the ongoing maintenance and farming operations. I like to think of him as the quiet background guy that keeps everything rolling smoothly.
You will find the story behind the Flower Truck here.