Who are you?
Mary and Rob Swenson
What is your business?
Farm + Sea, a home fragrance company - farmandsea.com
Is there a story behind your business?
We’ve always had a creative, entrepreneurial spirit, and our hands were always in a side hustle. Mary started the business in 2015 on a whim out of our kitchen, and five years later we’re here at CI Works working in it together full-time.
What problem(s) are you/your business trying to help solve?
We’re not necessarily trying to solve a problem, but rather our goal is to create products using clean, quality ingredients that enhance and elevate everyday moments and bring a little bit of joy to people’s daily lives.
Why do you like being a part of the bigger CI Works puzzle?
We love working alongside other small, independent businesses, and truly feel supported every step of the way.
What do you hope your company’s next milestone will be?
A retail storefront has always been a goal for us. We have a very specific idea of how we’d want to execute a brick and mortar shop, so we’re not rushing it…we know it will happen at exactly the right time!
What’s cool about your team?
We’re literally a family. We’re a husband and wife-run operation, and our family members are not only our biggest cheerleaders, but actively work with us every day.
Are there any causes you are passionate about?
Marine conservation is hugely important to us. Supporting organizations that address the pollution in our oceans and work to protect marine life are always at the top of our list.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being able to expand our production space not just once, but three times to meet demand.
What advice do you have for other small businesses?
Stay true to your vision for your business and your brand. You’re going to get a lot of unsolicited advice/offers/requests, and it’s OK to listen to them. But it’s also OK to say no to an opportunity that doesn’t feel right, or to something that doesn’t fit in with your business goals.
Where to buy Farm + Sea products:
We are passionate about shopping small and supporting independent businesses. Click here for a list of fabulous retailers that carry a great selection of our candles...pop in and check them out!
Upcoming shopping events:
Rise + Shine Marketplace 2/29 - Winchester Country Club, 468 Mystic St., Winchester
Lindsay Jordan Handmade & Co. Pop-Up - Farm + Sea products in-house all of April 2020, Farm + Sea Pop-Up Event 4/3 - 43 Washington St., Haverhill
Mother's Day Market 5/3 - Brewery Silvaticus, 9 Water St., Amesbury