mELISSA uRICK: Flower Farmer/Lead Designer
Hey there! I'm Melissa, the founder and lead designer (aka: the heart and soul) of Passiflora Farm. My love affair with farming and flowers started with the stories my father shared with me about my Grandpa Vinny. He was the son of German immigrants and an American farmer. He had an excellent green thumb and he loved growing huge Dinnerplate Dahlias that were quite the talk of his small town. Although we lost him when I was a young girl, his love of farming the land and growing flowers runs in my veins and now I am following in his footsteps.
A passionate gardener and lover of natural beauty, I completed my education with a BS in Plant and Soil Science and an MS in Agriculture and Natural Resources. I was fortunate to study small- scale, intensive cut- flower production and floral design under Erin Benzakein, the owner and visionary of Floret, the nations leading farmer/florist in 2016 and 2018.
Some fun facts! : I am a nature nut! Give me a fire and a blanket under the stars and I am good as golden. I love crisp autumn mornings, secluded walks, and cozy flannel shirts. Given the choice I would take tea over coffee! Crazy I know!!
gRANT uRICK: HUSBAND/ FELLOW FARMER
Grant is the love of my life and an exceptional fellow farmer. He serves many important roles on the farm as chief problem solver, irrigation extraordinaire, and Mr. Fix It. He is the muscle of the operation and my general encouragement. While he may not be the face of the business he is always behind the scenes of our family operation!
Ronan, our eldest, is my flower admirer and hard worker. He is the child that takes the time on the farm to stop and smell the roses and he reminds me from time to time to do so as well. He is full of amazing stories and enjoys helping me assemble flowers by color, shape, and size.
Ryker is my little helper on the farm. If there is an important small task he can do he jumps right to it. He is the resident chicken chaser and if anyone can destroy a flower in a few seconds, it is him. A work in progress, let's just say!
Madison (Maddie) is our little sunshine on the farm. She may be small but she is FULL of personality. I am pretty certain that her big smiles are what help make our flowers bloom!