2017 has treated our fledgling business very well. The work was sweaty and sometimes stressful but mostly very rewarding and full of love and support from our community. HBG experienced a lot of growth this past year and it is with commitment to the work and a dash of hope that we plan to ride the wave of momentum this year and build upon what exists now.
Hummingbird Gardens was always meant to be more than a business. The products that we grow and create directly benefit our immediate ecosystem by supporting pollinators and wildlife. But guess what? If we didn't have customers, we wouldn't be able to grow as much! So thank you, Friends. I thank you, the bees thank you, the blooms thank you. In addition to the friends flying around the yard, we've also been able to work with and for some non-profit partners this year like Girls for a Change and Blue Sky Fund. Check out some other highlights from this year below!
Next year we are farming two additional yards, tripling our growing capacity for cut flowers, edible flowers, and herbs that will be used in our herb salts! We are so thankful to our two fellow Bon Air-ers (...) for their generosity in sharing their yard with us. We can't wait to see everything growing!
The salts took off!
We increased our market presence AND our in-store presence with the herb salts. We also introduced new flavors like Rose Chili and Forever Summer. We have big plans for the salts this coming year!
We launched the Richmond Flower Collective!
In partnership with Blue Eye Flowers and Burst and Bloom, we launched the Richmond Flower Collective, a group of local flower growers that value collaboration over competition. We hosted our first event, a stem bar, at Perk Bon Air and were thrilled with the turnout! Stay tuned for more from this exciting venture in the coming year.
We grew our team!
Britt is a godsend to HBG. Her infectious enthusiasm has earned us spaces in more local stores and bigger dreams for 2018 and beyond. Her official title is Sales & Salt Maven and when you meet her you'll understand.
We got some press!
Amanda was featured in Richmond Times Dispatch's Cool and Connected publication and was given a platform to talk about suburban farming and yard ecosystems as well as connecting with customers and fellow humans through social media. We were also featured on a couple blogs and websites!
We collaborated with so many awesome local businesses!
From the Lavender Earl Grey ice cream sandwich from Nightingale to the bath soaks from Maven Made to the tea from Roots Tea and back again to Nightingale, we were so lucky to share space with these RVA businesses. AND we can't wait to do more of it in 2018!
Last one! We launched Flower Club!
Before Christmas we launched our new program, Flower Club, a bouquet subscription service starting this season! We've been so excited to see folks signing up in the depths of winter and would love to have you join us! It's a great way to see Spring at the end of this loooooooong winter tunnel we're in right now. We are SO ready to grow flowers for y'all.