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This New York farmer grows and arranges flowers. (Buy local for your big day!)
  • As a farmer florist, Thea grows flowers on her 100-acre farm, and creates floral designs and arrangements for many weddings throughout the year.
    Thea Folls

    A farmer, and a florist!

    Thea Folls became a farmer florist after moving to Owasco, NY with her family in 1999. As a farmer florist, Thea not only grows flowers, but also creates floral designs and arrangements for many weddings throughout the year.

    Folls Flower Farm is a member of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and uses sustainable and organic practices to grow its flowers. 

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014
  • For Christmas that year, a friend of Thea’s gave her a book called, “The Flower Farmer,” by Lynn Byczynski.
    Thea Folls

    Becoming a flower farmer

    The acreage came with 100 acres of land and a beautiful horse barn. For Christmas that year, a friend of Thea’s gave her a book called, “The Flower Farmer,” by Lynn Byczynski.

    “That book was fundamental for me becoming a flower farmer," said Thea.

    Years later, Liz Byczynski co-authored another book, called, “Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers.”

    The book includes a photo of a wedding arrangement created by Folls Flower Farm.

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014
  • Among many others, you will find Hydrangeas, Delphiniums, Lilacs, Bleeding Hearts, and Lilies at Folls Flower Farm.
    Thea Folls

    Being diverse

    Thea grows over 100 different kinds of flowers, plants and bulbs each year. Because of the short season in central New York, she grows a lot of perennials.

    Among many others, you will find Hydrangeas, Delphiniums, Lilacs, Bleeding Hearts, and Lilies at Folls Flower Farm.

    “Diversification is really important. By planting different kinds of flowers, you protect yourself from losing all of them in case of a certain bug or disease."

     

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014
  • Thea and the brides usually communicate over email. Sometimes, the brides choose to visit during the Christmas holiday to meet with Thea about the wedding flower decisions.
    Thea Folls

    Decisions, decisions...

    “I’m very busy this time of year with planting. In the winter, I work on the farm's website and social media. Many brides also reach out to me during the winter to begin planning their upcoming wedding.”

    Thea and the brides usually communicate over email. Sometimes, the brides choose to visit the farm over the Christmas holiday to discuss flower arrangements with Thea. 

    “I can’t always guarantee I’m going to have the flowers they want in December for their June wedding," said Thea.

     

    "They are field flowers, and anything could happen- storms, hail, bugs. I have been very fortunate, but you just never know.”

    Thea encourages the brides to come to the farm the week of their wedding to pick out any specific flowers that they really want. 

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014
  • It usually takes Thea about three days to prepare for a wedding.
    Thea Folls

    Preparing for the big day

    It usually takes Thea about three days to prepare for a wedding.

    “If the wedding is on Saturday, I’ll usually start picking the flowers on Wednesday. If it is a particularly perishable flower, I won’t pick them until the day before.”

    Thea has a shop, which she keeps at a cool temperature, where she works on her flower arrangements. She usually creates the corsages and boutonnieres the morning of the wedding. The shop is equipped with floral coolers to preserve the flowers for the big day.

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014
  • Thea believes in using sustainable farming practices.
    Thea Folls

    Sustainable practices

    Thea believes in using sustainable farming practices.

    “We have a few horses, and their job is to provide manure, which is composted. Manure, leaves, weeds-- we compost everything.”

    “The brides that contact me really like that about the farm," said Thea.

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014
  • Thea has three children of her own, and three grandchildren. Pictured is Thea’s son and his two children helping in the garden.
    Thea Folls

    Vegetable garden

    In addition to flowers, Thea has always grown vegetables.

    “I always had a vegetable garden, so I was used to growing things when I began flower farming.”

    Thea has three children of her own, and three grandchildren. Pictured is Thea’s son and his two children helping in the garden.

    Thea grows many kinds of vegetables for food such as: onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, beets, corn, beans and herbs. 

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014
  • For more information and pictures from Folls Flower Farm, you can visit www.follsflowers.com
    Thea Folls

    Buying local

    Starting out, Thea used to take her flowers to multiple farmers markets every week. Today, she is still a CSA member, and encourages anyone who is interested to get involved with farming and gardening.

    “Besides supporting your local farmers and producers, you are also getting a better quality product.”

    For more information and pictures from Folls Flower Farm, you can visit www.follsflowers.com

    Date Published: May 29, 2014
    Date Updated: June 16, 2014

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