On March 25th, photographer, social entrepreneur and Human Connectivity Conservationist, Tara Clark, asked her friend, Xee Yang-Schell how her parents and other flower farmers were going to generate income following the closure of Seattle’s Pike Place Market due to Covid-19. Xee said they would all just wait for the markets to re-open in April or early May. Tara, concerned that the markets would remain closed for much longer, decided to try and sell flowers from her parking strip in front of her Capitol Hill home. The makeshift marketplace began with 50 dozen tulips ($1,000) and one Hmong farmer. After 8 weeks, found homes for almost 17,000 dozen flowers providing $320,000+ to 49 Hmong family farms. Not only are people purchasing flowers to brighten their homes, but they are gifting them to friends, businesses, strangers and organizations to spread love throughout our city.
Tara believes in supporting individuals, families and businesses who create incredible gifts that make Seattle one of the greatest cities in the world. Through the makeshift marketplace, Tara hopes to generate $$ and support for these independent businesses to try and survive the Covid crisis.
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