Farm Ops: Building a Flower Farm Strategy Event for Veterans

veteran spouse farm

Susan Orellana-Clark founded Bristol Hills Lavender and Flower Farm in 2016. While grieving the loss of her veteran husband, Susan found comfort and hope in working with soil and growing flowers. As someone who takes pride in her work and always strives for excellence, Susan worked tirelessly to meet her customers’ expectations and her own standards of excellence. However, she eventually realized that she was working to the point of exhaustion and needed to reevaluate her personal and professional values and goals. With a determination to continue farming, Susan began implementing personal life/farm balance strategies to regain time with her family while ensuring the profitability of her business.

At this Farm Ops event, Susan will discuss how her marketing plan and production operations have changed as she has prioritized what is important to her, her family, and her customers. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the farm and take home a peony to plant.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024 / 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Location: 8361 State Route 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469

You must be a veteran or spouse of a veteran living in NYS to register. When a veteran registers, there will be a place to enter your spouse’s name should he/she wish to attend. 

Nina Saeli

Nina retired from active duty in 2009. She and her husband, Jeffrey, own and operate Centurion Farm in Locke, NY. Nina also now works with the Cornell Small Farms Program as coordinator of our Farm Ops project supporting veterans in agriculture.