Biz Buzz, August 12, 2018 | Business

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Flora Petal Farm, a Palisade flower farm, is now selling jewelry in addition to flowers.

Owner Laura Mowrer started the farm in October and added flower-related jewelry to her business a little more than a week ago. She presses flowers that were not sold and uses those as part of the jewelry.

“I couldn’t let them go to seed and die and do nothing, so I started pressing them and turning them into jewelry,” Mowrer said.

So far she has sold about 25 pieces.

“It’s really exciting. People really like it,” she said. “I’m shocked at the response. I knew there was a movement for local floral, but I had a harder time selling flowers themselves.”

Mowrer has sold flowers at farmers markets in the Grand Valley. She’s also been growing perennials. She said her flowers are an alternative to store-bought flowers.

■ Mike Allen Metal will host a gathering of blacksmiths and those interested in forging metal from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 25.

The event will include demonstrations of forging, a gallery of the work of several blacksmiths and equipment for sale and trade. There were also be several stations for open forging between 5 and 11 p.m. Allen’s shop is at 1128 S. Ninth St. in the back of the building.

Allen said he did not host the event last year, but had the gathering a few years prior. Blacksmiths from as far as Creede have made their way for the event in the past.

Mike Allen has owned his metal shop for about five years. He formerly owned a toy store in downtown Grand Junction before closing it last year. Now he is 100 percent focused on metal work.

“I’ve been trying to be a blacksmith for about 11 years. I’ve been doing it full time for about a year and a half,” Allen said. “It’s always been a passion and something I wanted to try.”

Allen hopes to have four to six stations open for forging. Anyone is welcome, but he said if someone plans to forge, there will likely be a small fee.

“It will be good and hot,” Allen said.

■ Curbside Recycling Indefinitely Inc. was recently awarded a grant worth more than $21,000 to expand its recycling program and create new green-sector jobs. The funding is part of the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity competitive grant program, which is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

As a grant recipient, Curbside Recycling Indefinitely will be able to serve more than 100 new Grand Junction residential curbside customers and hire a full-time employee.

For more information about Curbside Recycling Indefinitely Inc., visit www.gjcri.com.

“We are pleased to recognize GJ CRI for its dedication and commitment to reducing the amount of waste being sent to Colorado landfills and creating new jobs in the local economy.” Eric Heyboer, Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity grant program administrator, said in a press release. “Through our RREO grants, we incentivize partnerships that are a win-win for Colorado’s economy and the environment and this project exemplifies that mission.”



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