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Lennie Larkin - B-Side Farm

B-Side Farm sits on one colorful acre next to a small rushing creek in Sebastopol, West Sonoma County, California. We use organic methods to grow a wide variety of old-fashioned, fragrant flowers for use in our design studio and workshops. Full-service wedding design is our specialty, and by growing most of the flowers we use in our designs, we're invested in every aspect of the process from planting the seeds, to caring for and picking the flowers, to putting the finishing touches on the bridal bouquet before it's carried down the aisle (a favorite moment, every time). 


On-farm classes and workshops offer chances for the public to come out to the farm and get their hands dirty. We host workshops on all aspects of flower gardening and floral design - from centerpieces for the kitchen table, to elevated arrangements for special events, to crash courses in flower farming. If you don't see the class of your dreams or you want to schedule a semi-private workshop with a group of friends, just let us know!



Lennie Larkin started B-Side Farm after falling head over heels for flowers. She came to farming and flowers from a background in adult education. Naturally, B-Side Farm has quickly become an educational farm where Lennie not only grows and designs with flowers, but teaches others how she's doing what she's doing. B-Side Farm workshops are designed to meet every student where they're at and encourage them to dive a little deeper into the world of flowers - whether in the garden or design studio. The B-Side Blog is a growing resource for both of these arenas. 


Before staring B-Side, Lennie spent two years at the UCSC Farm and Garden, and then moved on to run the educational farm at Petaluma Bounty where she taught the public to grow crops for the local community for three seasons. Before that (in what feels like a past life) she worked in refugee resettlement in her hometown of Boston, translated a novel in Brazil, and took advantage of her final season NOT farming by hiking the Appalachian Trail. 


Lennie has now calmed the wanderlust and settled happily in Sonoma County where she runs the farm, is the West Coast Director for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, and teaches flower farming and horticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College. 


When not farming, designing or teaching, Lennie has also written on topics of flowers, farming and sustainability for the B-Side Blog, Grab 'n Grow, The Cut Flower Quarterly, Industry Today, The Larkin Group, Papillon Floral Design, Bluma Farm, and other publications. Please reach out with inquiries or opportunities.

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