Photo by Matthew Joynt

Clear Black Flowers is a one-woman cut flower farm and urban stewardship project located in Durham, North Carolina. Started after years of work in sustainable agriculture across the country and around the world, CBF's mission is two-fold: to grow an extremely high quality agricultural product for the local floral market; and to do so through ultimate care of the soil and immediate ecosystem.

“Clear Black” originated as a loose translation of Claire’s birth name, but has taken on a larger meaning. Most importantly, it is representative of the kind of steward she strives to be: one whose goal is to respectfully cultivate black, healthy soil and preserve access to clear, clean water. It succinctly captures her aspiration to be both financially sustainable and transparent in her farm practices. And finally, it is an oxymoron: symbolic of intention, optimism and beauty surviving in a world that is too often ugly, unjust, and unforgiving.