PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As springtime blossoms in the Pacific Northwest so, too, do the flowers and many of the blooms sold in stores are grown at a local farm.
Crowley House Flower Farm in Rickreall sells its flowers to wholesale markets in Portland and Seattle.
Co-owner Beth Crowley also designs wedding bouquets and teaches floral classes in her design studio at the farm.
Crowley said her family’s flower journey began about a decade ago when a dream took root while she was working in the medical field.
“One day, I just decided to sell the house and buy a farm,” Crowley laughingly said. “So we did.”
Crowley and her husband bought the Rickreall property and opened the Crowley House Flower Farm. Their kids helped them get to work planting seeds.
Later, the Crowleys added sheep and even rabbits to their farm to help with weeds. The sheep even help cut the grass.
“We have these trolley things we built for them and they mow the lawn for us,” said Brayden Crowley.
The family is kept busy with all the demands of planting and growing more flowers. Beth Crowley said there are some days when she gets up at 3 a.m. to start cutting and doesn’t stop until 10:00 at night.
The farm isn’t currently open for tours — but that may soon change. Beth Crowley said she’d like to open the farm to the public one day a week in the future after seeing how her design class students react when they visit.
“They are having so much fun,” she said of her students. “They say it’s something about being here, being around flowers. We’ll let them cut flowers, pick flowers working with their hands, creating something beautiful, being outside in the country.”