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‘A labor of love’: Stockton flower grower has passion

 
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The farm sells weekly to markets in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, as well as some Whole Foods stores. McKewan says she probably doesn’t pay herself enough, but she’s more than content with her surroundings alongside her husband and seven part-time employees.


“It’s a labor of love,” McKewan said. “There’s really very little I don’t like about it.”


She grows about 300,000 stems of more than 100 kinds of flowers annually on about two acres of divided land. She also teaches a two-day small cut flower grower class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


She and her husband, Michael Staver, bought the farm after falling in love with it in 2006. They both have master’s degrees in plant pathology and knew the off-the-beaten-path farm would never be a drive-up garden center. But they still wanted to continue doing what they love — growing and sharing flowers.


McKewan ran a perennial nursery and owned her own backyard flower business previously near Chicago called Bunches of Happiness. She also managed a garden/landscape design company and was a nursery manager.






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