- 3 May 2022
- Posted by: Canberra Innovation Network
- Category: Women in Innovation
We interview women in our community about innovation and what drives them to make a difference in their industries. This week we spoke to Rachel Torrealba, Flower Farmer and Workshop Facilitator at Collector Cottage.
What are you working on?
The aim of my Micro Flower Farm is to provide Australian grown, chemical free flowers and to improve the soil through regenerative agriculture on just half an acre.
I also manage a wellness cottage that gives people the possibility to not only stay and relax at our cottage but also experience a touch of whimsical enchantment by coming out to Collector Cottage to make their own flower arrangement or learn about growing flowers on a small parcel of land.
Why is innovation important to you?
We live in a world where everything is fast paced and virtual and losing a connection to people and Mother Nature. I want to share my knowledge and bounty with others so they may experience the healing properties of nature. I want to pass on this slow way of living and allow people to reconnect with the earth and other likeminded women.
What drives you to make a difference?
Growing flowers is the best gift I’ve received from nature.
Connection with likeminded women, making a difference in my community, and being a role model to my two daughters. Being a custodian of the land while I’m here on earth for others to come.
Do you have any advice for getting more women into the innovation ecosystem?
Don’t be afraid of giving it a go. You will make plenty of mistakes and that is ok. For me, giving young women an opportunity to work beside me has been a gift for both of us. Be open if someone reaches out to you and give of your time even when it is a brief period. I’m so glad for all the help I receive from Brea and don’t regret saying yes when she reached out. I hope to be able to increase the work in time to other women who are interested in flower farming.
What are you proud of right now?
When I first came out to live in Collector there was a bare piece of land with heavy clay soil. In just 3 years we are growing flowers, 1000 dahlias and roses supplying florists and the general public in Canberra. I also run seasonal workshops on flower arranging.
We have a cute cottage for people to stay and come to relax and wake to birdsong. Guests never want to leave!