We are a small flower farm located in the stunning mountains of Glendale, Oregon and serve Grants Pass and other surrounding areas with our local, organically grown cut flowers. Our field is a rolling two acre meadow surrounded by towering trees (the inspiration for our name); it is truly the most beautiful place! We sell our blooms at the local growers market and are expanding this year to include seasonal subscriptions and U-pick. If I had to pick one goal for this business it would be to educate and share the beauty of local flowers with every person in our community.
I am Sarah, the owner/farmer/florist in charge of juggling all the tasks around here, and I would have never guessed that I would become a farmer. Starting a business had been a desire of mine for a few years when the pandemic struck and foiled my first attempt at entrepreneurship. I was still recovering from my disappointment when my mother-in-law gifted me a book called Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein. That’s when it all started coming together. I could stay home with my little girl, enjoy our spacious family property, and still chase my dreams of running a business. Even though I’d never grown a flower in my life, I dove in head first.
I’d say our farm is a family affair, but that would be a bit of an understatement. I have a wonderful support system. My parents and in-laws help me with the really big projects like digging dahlias and building fences and are exceedingly generous with both their time and resources. Forest & Flora wouldn’t be what is is today without them. My hubby and little girl are also key players on the farm. Daniel spends his weekends pitching in, and with my sweet 3 year old in tow as I work in the field, each flower we grow has likely been touched by her tiny fingers. Every day I am reminded of the importance and value of family by their help and faith in me.