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Best Made Possible in Lehigh Valley Instagram Posts: July–August 2019

By Colin McEvoy on August 9, 2019

The Made Possible in Lehigh Valley initiative seeks to share the stories of the people and companies in our region, and let them explain why Lehigh Valley is a special place where you can create a life, a business, or a career, on your terms.

We’ve been telling those stories through the official Made Possible in Lehigh Valley Instagram account. Below are just a few of those posts from the past month. Follow it on Instagram @lvmadepossible, and be sure to use the hashtag #lvmadepossible. And if you’ve got a story you’d like to see highlighted there, let us know!


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Reposting our friends at @theseedfarm ? ?? 😕 …? "#FarmIncubatorFriday: highlighting farms that have been launched in our Farm Incubator program. First up, Periwinkle Flower Farm! This woman-run business is a small, specialty cut flower farm that grows a diverse selection of unique and heirloom varieties of flowers and foliage.? ?? Started by Michelle Kenstler in 2018, @periwinkleflowerfarm was borne of Michelle’s lifelong love of flowers. After spending years training, working on farms, and working for a local flower retailer, she decided to take the plunge and start her own floral growing and design business. The Seed Farm’s incubator program helped to make this leap possible by lowering the risks and costs associated with new farm ownership.? ?? We are thrilled and honored to see Periwinkle Flower Farm grow and thrive, serving the community through weekly flower subscriptions, farmers’ market sales, and a la carte sales directly from the farm. This new business has grown carefully and thoughtfully, with great attention to beauty and detail, which is reflected in every facet of Periwinkle Flower Farm. We invite you to visit their website and social media page (@periwinkleflowerfarm) and get to know this talented new farmer growing world-class flowers right here in the Lehigh Valley.? .? .? .? #periwinkle #flowers #flowerfarm #flowerfarmer #localflowers #local #buylocal #farmincubator #incubator #newfarm #newfarmer #growing #growhere #womenwhofarm #womenwhofarmflowers @lvmadepossible @farmher1 #lehighvalley #emmauspa" #lvmadepossible

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Rob and Mandie Knowles of Upper Macungie Township started their own business by acquiring, renovating, and then renting a house in Lehigh County. The business has grown to the point that they now own and manage several rental properties in Allentown and its suburbs. Neither had a construction, contracting, or maintenance background before starting the company. Today, their three teenage daughters – Paige, Peyton, and Mikayla – support the family business doing property maintenance and construction work, and all are studying construction trades at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute while maintaining high grade point averages at high school. The Knowles family are a perfect illustration of what's possible in Lehigh Valley! #LVmadepossible #lehighvalley #entrepreneur #comehere #starthere #growhere #letsbuild #construction #trades #careers #build #architecture #engineering

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