Hi, I’m Ashley. I started Foxhound Flower Farm on my family’s farm which is land that was inherited by my great-grandfather, Caswell Johnson from his father. I am a writer, a florist and someone who generally loves to be outside. Foxhound Flowers is a marriage of all these things and so much more.
People ask me a lot, how I came to be a flower farmer. This is the short version of that journey. I went to college for creative writing at UNCW, I then worked for a local publication before moving to Key West where I worked for an art gallery, taught yoga, was a production assistant for a musical and met some of the best people. I spent several summers in Alaska working for a coffee shop and then a peony farm where I learned some flower farming basics, helped host a Field to Vase Dinner for American Grown Flowers and met some more of the best people. In between all of this, I have been doing flowers for weddings for six plus years. All of this random experience has taught me how to problem solve, be prepared for anything, and how to learn new things over and over again...basically, though I didn't know it, I was training to be a business owner. I have no formal education or training in farming or floristry but I love research and a good challenge so here I am back in Southeastern NC in year four of flower farming.
Our small cut flower farm operation was something I dreamt up that was and is made possible by my dad, Scott, and my Grandfather, Marshall. The three of us get into a lot of trouble romping around on the farm and biting off more than we can chew most of the time, but we really just have a blast doing it.