The land we call Thorn-Ridge Farm has been farmed by our family for six generations and has always been the gathering place for family, extended family, friends and weary travelers for over 200 years. Located in Virginia, in the county of Rappahannock and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the peace and beauty has a magical magnetism.
In the early years our grandparents, great grandparents, and great-great grandparents grew most of what they needed to sustain their families. This consisted of cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, as well as, grain for the animals and a large vegetable garden. In the last 50 years we have continued the farming tradition and the focus has been geared to beef cattle. With the cattle market reaching all-time lows, I turned, with the help of my brothers, to a skill and a love that I learned from my father and grandmother, gardening. I can’t tell you the joy to be back in “my ancestors’” garden and growing flowers for market.
With no money to invest, we gathered the rototiller, hoes and rakes that my father left behind and purchased the first flowers seeds to plant. In our first growing season our florists and wedding planners were delighted with our flowers and gave us both the financial support and confidence to continue. We continue to expand our growing area and varieties offered.
Our heart lies in community. We are excited to be part of the “flower revolution”, the return of the flower industry to the United States and the return of the family run flower farm.