2011 | Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry Design
• Corsages and boutonnieres

2006 | Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry Design
• Basic design
• Advanced design

2002 | NE Metro 916
• Short-call sub training

2001 | University of Minnesota
• Master Gardener

1983-84 | Mankato State University
• Special Education and Business (22 graduate credits)

1973-1978 | University of Minnesota
• B.S. degree in Food Science & Technology

Professional Experience

2006-present | Owner, Flowers Just Because

2004-present | Owner, Doggy Day Care

2001-2004 | Reserve teacher, ISD 832 & 624

2001-2004 | Home gardener
Responsibilities include: Design, plant and maintain landscapes of high-end personal gardens.

1995-2001 | General contractor, personal project
Responsibilities include: Supervise the design and build phase of a prarie-style home, hire and manage subcontractor labor and landscape home gardens.

1994-1995 | Teaching assistant, ISD 832
Responsibilities include: Assist students with special needs.

1984-1993 | CEO, Hammel Household
Responsibilities include: Oversee the raising of two children, provide support and infrastructure to the head of household for a successful career launch, volunteer in school and church functions and activites.

1982-1984 | Program coordinator, Rainbow Residence
Responsibilities include: Create programs for severely handicapped adult residents and supervise staff in implementation of programs.

Volunteer Experience

2011-present | Therapy Dogs International

2010-present | St. Andrews Lutheran Church
Garden coordinator

2009-present | St Andrews Lutheran Church
Environmental stewardship team

2001-present | Washington County Master Gardener

2004-2006 | Washington County Fairgrounds Master Gardener gardens

1997-1999 | St. Andrews Lutheran Church
Confirmation teacher

1992-1994 | Mahtomedia Middle School
PTO president

1990-2003 | Washington County Soil Savers Club
4H leader

1989-1996 | St. Andrews hand bell choir

1985-2010 | Childrens Hospital Association
Mahtomedi Guild

1985-1988 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Cedar Falls, IA)
Worship committee

1985-1986 | Valley Park Elementary School (Cedar Falls, IA)
Omnibus teacher

1978-1981 | Redeemer Lutheran Church
Youth music director

1978-1979 | Redeemer Lutheran Church
Confirmation teacher

Cynthia Hammel
Owner, FJB

For the past 30 years Cynthia Hammel has been a homemaker and active volunteer while pursuing various part-time careers. As a Master Gardener she has pursued a career in floral design and supervised volunteers in the Washington County area. Her coninuing education in gardening and floral design informs her of the newest gardening technologies and makes services from Flowers Just Because professional and up-to-date.

Having successfully launched two children into the world and conquered the landscaping of a 15-acre plot in Grant, Cynthia is well prepared to direct her energy and expertise to flowers and flower lovers...just because.
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