About The Michigan Flower Barn
Learn about our flowers, how we got started and the team behind the farm!
THE SHORT & SWEET VERSION…
Michigan Flower Barn was created by the owners of Brown Family Farmstead – a first generation flower farm in Owosso, Michigan. The Michigan Flower Barn concept is based on the replicable flower co-op structure and other local wholesale models across the US. After realizing the undeniable need to supply flower farmers across Mid-Michigan with a central hub to distribute their blooms, our wholesale flower market collective was created. Our mission is to encourage a strong local flower economy in Mid-Michigan and beyond, making locally-grown flowers and foliage easily accessible to people of all kinds!
THE MUCH LONGER VERSION…
Josephine Brown is co-owner of Brown Farmstead and the founder of MFB. In 2015, Josephine and her husband began working towards getting their own farmette – after some time they landed in Mid-Michigan (between Owosso and Perry)! She began to study flower farming in 2018 with a goal to provide locally grown flowers in her event designs. Shortly after, the MI Flower Truck was developed and ready to pop-up with bouquets that were all designed with 100% locally grown blooms. Next thing you know it was spring 2020 the pandemic proved to challenge that launch. Eventually, Josephine had more opportunities to pop-up around the state with her flower truck and needed more locally grown flowers than she could grow! She would travel to other local flower farms in her area and even to the Flower Co-Op in Ypsilanti to design with sustainable flowers.
The Michigan Flower Truck had very exciting and successful start, customers of all kinds were eager to seek out locally-grown bouquets! The slight downfall was commuting across the state every week, between working with farmers in her area and traveling to Southern-Michigan, just to produce enough bouquets for the flower truck all season long.
In the course of attending monthly gatherings with other flower farmers in her area, she was able to make more connections and discovered there was an abundance of farmers who were looking for the same thing: a local and consistent sales outlet for their flowers. It was obvious that her farm was the perfect spot to create a central hub for fellow farmers in her area to come together and sell their products together!
Alas, Michigan Flower Barn was born, a wholesale flower market collective. Located on her flower farm, just 30 minutes away from both Lansing & Flint, or an hour’s drive from both Grand Rapids & Saginaw, MFB is a convenient location in Mid-Michigan. Wholesale buyers can order and shop from fresh-cut flowers in a cathedral barn, and flower lovers of all kinds can attend seasonal workshops! The MFB team has a mission to educate on the importance of purchasing slow-grown flowers, while supporting local flower farmers and setting a new standard for the wholesale floral industry!
Our Flower Barn Team
Founder + Director
Market Manager + Flower Farmer
Co-Founder + Technology
What Are Slow-Grown Flowers?
Flowers grown with sustainable farming practices, harvested in their natural season of bloom, sourced as close to you as possible – and designed by florists who are using chemical-free techniques. As farmer-florists, we make sure all of the flowers and foliage are harvested and sold immediately for use. Michigan ‘slow-flowers’ are grown in your state, eliminating the massive carbon footprint that comes with importing flowers.