Happy Wednesday! Today we are sharing some of our favorite local (to Oregon) flower farms and we couldn't be more excited. A few posts back, we shared why we love local, seasonal flowers and so we decided we should make the search easy for anyone looking and share our favorite local farms. You can read the post here if you want to check it out!
We have gotten to meet and work with some pretty amazing flower farmers + designers since we started Good Seed and we feel so blessed to be a part of that community. Local farmers are so dedicated to their craft, so inspiring to those of us who someday dream of a garden of their own. So we want to say thank you to those who grow and toil in the dirt to produce such beauty from the earth. We want to say thank you for providing the loveliest flowers and for being so kind and welcoming to us when we were first starting out and throughout our time as florists. We appreciate you so much!
The first farm we are going to talk about is the first one we ever visited as florists: Sparhawk Farms. We got to do a shoot there with the amazing Bethany Small Photography when we were all just starting out and it was one of the most magical days of our lives!
Sparhawk is a farm outside of Eugene by about 15 minutes, located at the base of Mt. Pisgah. They offer u-pick flowers in the summers as well as cooler flowers during that time. They also sell their flowers at the Portland Flower Market! Bethany Little (the owner) was one of the first florists that we met and she was so helpful and encouraging at the beginning of our business. If you live in the Eugene area and need some lovely flowers, check them out!
Bare Mountain Farms
The next wonderful farm on our list is Bare Mountain Farm in Shedd, Oregon. Tony and Denise Gaetz are two of the sweetest people you'll every meet and we love their flowers! Taylor and I got to visit their farm a couple years ago to see where they grow their ranunculus (which are the MOST amazing ranunculus) and it was so fun. We love that they are so committed to sustainable growing too! You can find their website here, and get their lovely flowers during the week when they deliver to the Eugene, Salem and Portland area. More info on their delivery schedule and how to order flowers is on their website.
Wild and Wayward
As we move further north, there a few amazing farms in the Salem area, the first of which is Wild and Wayward, owned by Melody Idol. We reached out to Melody last August to use some of her lovely roses (I wish we would have found her sooner in the season!) which I will include a picture of below! This is what she had to say about her farm:
I currently grow and sell flowers to florists as well as offering floristry to my local community. My flowers are available weekly at Live Local, a shop in Silverton and I also sell bulk buckets of blooms to wedding parties wanting to experiment with their own arranging and individuals wanting flowers for parties/ occasions. Basically if you want flowers in your life I can provide them!
The next farm is owned by the lovely Kristen Witte, who, we confess, we have never met! But we have admired her flowers and farm from afar for a while so of course, we had to include her. Her farm in Salem has so many beautiful blooms including tulips, hellebore, anemones, and ranunculus.
We wanted to talk with her a little about her farm so we reached out last week and she is so sweet and so giving and we love the heart she has behind her farm and flowers. Here is what she had to say:
We are a flower farm located in the Willamette Valley, just south of Salem, on 26 acres. We cultivate about three acres intensively to grow annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines and woodies. We LOVE growing flowers for designers and welcome requests to grow particular blooms. This year we added 65 David Austin climbing roses and a wide variety of clematis, honeysuckle and other vines into production. We grow using organic practices.
Our farm is set on rolling hills with views of Mt Jefferson, nestled next to a vineyard and pond. Next year we plan to open our farm for workshops, retreats and farm stays. We are looking forward to hosting designers for an on farm experience, where they can roam the beds, harvest armloads of blooms, play and create. Our vision is to create a space where creatives can find peace, support and energy for their art with flowers, of course!
Brooks gardens has the best peonies we've ever seen, hands down. Last year, my sister got married and I used their coral charms in her bouquet and they made the arrangement what it was. Therese runs the farm with her husband Abel and they are open to the public for cut peonies and peony plants. Check out their website for more info on when you can get your hands on them!
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Haley Rudken is another lovely grower that we haven't met in person yet, but have been following on instagram for a while now. We reached out to her about this post and she was more than happy to talk about her cute farm! We love her over the top amazing roses and can't wait to play with them this year! Here's what Haley had to say about how she got started and why she loves growing!
This little business of ours started out with just one plant of Pierre de Rosnard. It would bloom as school was letting out for summer and I would make little bouquets as teachers gifts. It would bring me so much joy to give these flowers to others that it almost felt selfish. Anyone who knows me knows my mantra is "the gift is in the giving"
Initially my dream was to have a cutting garden, where women in the community could actually cut their own roses. It's such a luxury to be able to cut beautiful flowers to bring inside your home and wanted to share that luxury with others. I loved the idea of doing something other than having coffee's or shopping with my girlfriends. Doing something creative. Something that was beautiful for our senses and connected us to the season and the outdoors.
After starting an Instagram account I began getting messages from local floral designers asking if we sold our roses, which is how we got to where we are today. We are very small grower of mostly David Austin and hybrid tea garden roses. We actually grow them on our side and backyard. We have 300 plants and we could never have enough to satiate the local community of young and incredibly talented floral designers. We love the movement of buying local and believe there is a new movement of small urban farming, which is definitely what we are. We try to practice organic farming whenever possible leaving a very small footprint on this beautiful planet. We want to encourage beneficial insects so there is as much balance and harmony as possible.
My husband built a cooler over the winter so we will be able to cut while the roses are still tight allowing them to last longer and open later. Last year, girls came to the house to pick up stems and we still love this, but we are signed up to sell our stems at the middle market at the Portland Flower Market on Wednesdays, too.
You can find more about her + her lovely flowers other instagram @a_farmette. Definitely check her out!
Thank you so much for hanging out with us for a bit! We love local farms (can you tell? haha) and we love sharing this information with you all! Show these amazing farmers some love this summer. :)