Alaska Hardy Peony dba Alaska Perfect Peony
Rita Jo Shoultz
Peony farm shipping fresh cut peonies to 50 states and Canada when normally not available
What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?
As a result of our contributions to the landscape beautification of the Homer business corridor, the Mayor declared 'Homer, City of Peonies'. My Husband Leroy of almost 60 years and myself were crowned Grand Marshals for the Independence Parade in 2017. We were the first peony farm in Alaska. With our encouragement and assistance there are about 25 peony farms in the area now contributing to the economy.
The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.
How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?
Networking and participating in seminars and presentations to the community.
Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.
Marketing peonies when in past none were available and overcoming price points due to farm costs in Alaska have been our biggest challenges. Three years ago we were able to make inroads with the grocery chains and have been able to sell out each year even though our production has increased substantially