The Flower Box will bring the locally grown movement to the streets of Des Moines with the city’s first mobile flower truck.
After 10 years doing digital marketing for everyone from small startups to Fortune 500 companies, I finally decided that life in a cubicle just wasn’t for me. I mustered up the courage to pursue a dream that had been nagging at me for years. I traded my keyboard in for garden gloves and launched my urban cut flower farm, Tiny Acre Farms, in the fall of 2016!
Scattered across backyards throughout the Des Moines area, our urban farm grows local, sustainable cut flowers that reflect the season. From tulips to sweet peas, peonies to dahlias, and everything in between. We grow all your old favorites and a few new ones too.
Our first growing season has been amazing! We’re so excited to take the availability of locally grown flowers to the next level by bringing a flower truck here to Des Moines.
Move over food trucks, here comes the flower truck!
At Tiny Acre Farms, we create bouquets using local ingredients from our farm (as well as a handful of other Iowa flower farms). There’s nothing like locally grown blooms. They’re the freshest, most long-lasting flowers available.
With your help, the truck will scoot all across the city throughout the week, just like area food trucks. No more waiting for the Saturday farmers market. We’ll bring our farm fresh bouquets to you!
We’ve got the truck, the farm and the spunk to make this happen! We’ve just got to remodel the interior, install new seats, seat belts and windows, show some love to that Ford chassis, purchase a new generator and paint the exterior with the Tiny Acre look and feel. We’re looking to this kickstarter campaign to help get us the funds we need to bring this truck to Des Moines!
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DES MOINES GROWN The vast majority of the flowers sold in the United States are grown thousands of miles away in places like Colombia, Ecuador, and Thailand. They're then shipped to your local grocery store, florist or even most online shops. At Tiny Acres we're on a mission to change that by bringing local blooms to the heart of Des Moines by growing them right here in the city.
LONGER VASE LIFE Have you ever ordered flowers online and they only last a day or two? Blooms that travel thousands of miles to your door have to be cut much earlier than those bought locally. A fresher cut means your blooms last longer.
SUSTAINABLY GROWN Imported flowers are grown and typically shipped in strong chemicals. We farm using sustainable growing practices so you don't have to worry what you're breathing in when you smell your beautiful blooms.
Starting Tiny Acre Farms and seeing it grow has been a dream come true. I really hope that this truck will help us all spread a bit more joy across our community and smiles to some well deserving faces. Thank you so much for checking out our project. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Risks and challenges
While we’ll be doing much of the work ourselves to help keep costs down, there are still many moving pieces and people involved in making the truck renovation come to life. We’ll be in constant communication to help keep the project on track. While the truck is getting its makeover we’ll be working on designing and securing the packaging materials, marketing and advertising for the truck.
With our first season under our belt, we’ve already got a small but mighty following and we're in a great position to sell bouquets! Just like with any farm, our main area of risk comes from Mother Nature. We plan to begin sourcing our flowers from SEVERAL farms throughout the area to alleviate the potential for a drop in supply.
Navigating the city permits and regulations may prove to be a challenge as this truck will be the first of its kind here in Des Moines. However we’re confident the city will get behind the concept and look forward to working with them to make this happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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