In Her Boots Workshop

Diversifying with Flowers, Pizza, and Summer Camps

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.* | $25 (lunch included)

*You’re welcome to arrive between 9 and 10 a.m.


Two Pony Gardens and Ladyfern Flower Farm & Studio
1700 Deerhill Rd
Long Lake,  MN 55356

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Spend the day with an inspiring trio of women farmers who run two businesses on the same farm: Two Pony Gardens & Ladyfern Flower Farm & Design Studio. Summer Badawi and Sanna Beek (the flower side) provide a detailed tour and overview of their specialty cut-flower farm and full-service design studio. Lisa Ringer showcases Two Pony Farm, which includes seasonal pizza nights and a summer camp.

Along with gleaning insights from these successful growers, we’ll share ideas for additional income from farming, including farmstays, on-farm food service, and producing value-added products in home kitchens under cottage food law.


You will learn about:

  • Flower growing & design
  • Flower business start-up, success strategies
  • Dahlia growing, land use
  • Agritourism: Pizza nights & on-farm food service, summer camps
  • Value-added products under cottage food law



9 – 10 a.m.
Registration & Networking

10  – 11 a.m
Welcome & Story Sharing
Opportunities for women in sustainable and organic agriculture today
Our Farm Story:  Advice, ideas, tips & resources to share
Discussion of their unique partnership dynamic

11 a.m.– Noon
Detailed Farm Tour Part 1: Flowers in the Field
Ladyfern’s flower operation, including the growing fields, harvesting techniques and storage facilities.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch with organizational resources
Locally and organically source buffet with various options for dietary needs.

 1  – 2 p.m.
Detailed Farm Tour Part 2:  Conservation, Pizza & Camp
Tour Two Pony Farm and see behind the scenes how to organize pizza night and summer camp, plus hear about Lisa Ringer’s conservation work on the land.

2 – 3 p.m.
Learning Stations
Rotate between various learning stations and break-out topics, including flower arranging demo, diversification (value-added cottage food products, B&B, on-farm food service)

3 p.m.
Wrap-up & dessert


Summer Badawi, Ladyfern Flowers Farm & Design Studio

Summer Badawi has been working with all things plants, people,  and design for over 10 years. Summer trained in public horticulture and design at Longwood Gardens. She has worked in landscape design, garden management, floral design, teaching, and program management in urban farming and entrepreneurship. Summer grew up near the ocean and now has settled for fresh water in the land of 10,000 lakes.

Sanna Beek, Ladyfern Flowers Farm & Design Studio

Sanna Beek trained in sustainable agriculture at the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on business and organic farm management. She has worked at vegetable and flower operations, including wholesale management and market coordination. Sanna grew up on the plains as a farm kid and has settled for the city life. Both she and Summer live in Minneapolis and commute to Two Pony Gardens for an honest day’s work.

Lisa Ringer, Two Pony Gardens

Lisa Ringer has been a long-time gardener, dahlia expert, heirloom tomato grower and pony enthusiast. Her approach to community and land stewardship has cultivated a magical sense of place and diverse business ventures. Two Pony has had a collaborative partnership with Ladyfern Flowers via this unique business model since 2015.


Lisa Kivirist, MOSES In Her Boots Project
Lisa coordinates the In Her Boots Project, an award-winning woman-farmer training initiative of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). She is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers, along with Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance and is an Endowed Chair at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B outside Monroe, Wis., which is completely powered by renewable energy.



About “In Her Boots” format:

These daylong, on-farm workshops include a detailed farm tour, lunch, and networking opportunities. With a focus on sharing experiences, stories, and ideas, the In Her Boots format builds on the idea that women farmers learn best from each other. Bring your questions! Women just starting on their farm or food business dream are especially encouraged to attend.

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Lunch provided by Organic Valley Family of Farms


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