After working hard for more than 30 years and raising children, Frank and Sessy Hazzard yearned to add a second chapter to their story before they bought the farm, so they bought a farm, built an Amish barn and sowed flower seeds. Lots of flower seeds! Thousands, in fact. The Hazzards believe no community is as strong without local, small businesses. Blue Gables Farm is the culmination of their dream to work together running a local business. Each year they grow thousands of flowers that they cut for sale at their farm, in local markets and via monthly subscriptions. Sessy still works part-time as a self-employed CPA, runs the farm and helps Frank with chores. Farming is in her blood partly because her mom was the first female to get a horticultural degree in Iceland. Sessy grew up surrounded by her mother’s gladiolus, roses and Zinnias, and yearned to recreate that beauty and share it. Frank, a retired fire chief, graduated from Centennial High School and University of Maryland, and has been a resident of Howard County for more than 50 years. He comes from a farming family and feels tied to the land. Farming suits him, he likes to be active and prefers to be outdoors where he can witness the miracle of life.
Gill Hill Flower Farm is located in West Friendship, Maryland, and was established in 2021. We are 100% female owned and operated. Our mission is to provide locally and sustainably grown seasonal blooms for designers and florists. In addition to wholesale bunches, we offer local flower subscriptions to the friends and neighbors in our community. Our plants are all grown outdoors in the field, and we never use chemicals or pesticides that could harm our animals, bee hives, or humans. Our mission is to exemplify small scale, regenerative agriculture for the next generation.
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