Kindy Griffeth owns an over half acre plot of land in east Erda where she has what may be the biggest cut flower farm in Tooele County.
Her growing season just barely ended.
The Transcript Bulletin caught up with Griffeth at her home last week to talk about the ins and outs of growing flowers, as well as what her farm offers.
Griffeth grew up around flowers and finds something special about them.
“My mom was an avid gardener and I grew up with beautiful, landscaped surroundings,” she said. “We lived on an acre and the entire acre was full of plants and flora. It was really beautiful.”
As Griffeth grew up and got married, her interest in flowers stuck with her.
“I’ve always loved growing things,” Griffeth said. “At every place we lived, I wanted to grow things.”
One day while living in Stansbury Park, Griffeth came across a story of a woman whose husband, a farmer, lost the use of his legs. The woman in the story turned his farm into a cut flower farm and opened a business selling flowers.
“This story persisted in my mind,” Griffeth explained. “I had never dreamed of starting a cut flower farm. I didn’t even know what a cut flower farm was.”
Because Griffeth couldn’t get the idea out of her mind, she decided to open up her own flower farm on a new piece of property she and her husband had purchased from inheritance money from her parents.
Griffeth took a flower course online and studied during her free time for over six months. She was able to open up her flower farm in fall of 2019.
Griffeth orders all of her seeds from wholesalers and plants everything with her husband’s help. She begins preparing seeds and flowers in the winter. Flowers are grown from last frost to first frost, with some grown in tunnels during the winter. The season really takes off in April.
“This takes a lot of prep, even for something this size,” Griffeth said, talking about her farm.
The Erda soil allows for a variety of different flowers and greenery to grow, over 50 different types to be exact, with hundreds of varieties.
“There is so much variety and so many different things that can be grown locally that you can’t get from wholesalers,” Griffeth said. “The flowers have their own personality when they’re grown.”
Griffeth talked about some of her favorite types of flowers.
In the spring, Griffeth grows specialty tulips and daffodils.
“They are beautiful and they last forever in a vase,” she said.
In the summer, peonies, dahlias, and sweet peas are grown.
“I have around 20 or 25 different dahlias that grow,” Griffith said.
Ranunculus, a rare type of flower that doesn’t typically grow in Tooele County soil, is grown in tunnels at the farm during the winter.
Griffeth enjoys growing daras, because they are the easiest flower to grow.
“That stuff comes back in my garden just like a weed. You plant it once and you have it for a lifetime,” Griffeth laughed.
The most difficult flower to grow is lisianthus, which looks like a rose and is used for corsages and boutonnieres, because they hold up well out of water.
“They’re beautiful…. I start the seeds in January and it literally takes until the middle of summer before it starts to develop,” Griffeth explained.
Griffeth’s neighbors raise bees, which help to pollinate the flowers and greenery. There are also many creatures who make their homes among the flowers.
“We have tons of different types of insects, birds, and praying mantises, and it’s just amazing to see the different ecosystem that it creates,” she said. “It makes me happy and the experience of being out there is healing.”
At the farm called “Kindrid Blooms,” Griffeth sells fresh flowers that customers can pick themselves or she picks for them. They come in small, large, and custom bouquets that are good for funerals, weddings, office buildings, or even homes.
“Having a bouquet of flowers from a cut flower farm is magic…It has a lot of different things in it that you wouldn’t normally see,” Griffeth said.
She also sells buckets of flowers, gift certificates, and flower subscriptions for Christmas, birthdays, or Mother’s Day.
Griffeth offers tours, floral arranging, and educational classes to youth groups and individuals.
“We have young women come out here and we make pop bottle bouquets. They’re so cute, fun, and easy to make,” she said.
The hardest part about the farm is the weeds, according to Griffeth.
“Weeds do not make me happy,” she said. “They are endless. They just come right back.”
Griffeth chooses to fight the weeds, because she doesn’t want to use any chemicals on her flowers.
“I don’t want people to be in chemicals,” she said. “There’s something amazing knowing you’re out there in a healthy environment that won’t give you any issues.”
Griffeth wants to encourage everyone to make their purchases locally.
“There are so many diamonds here in our own backyard,” she said. “We are always thinking we are going to find something better over the mountain and it’s just the same stuff. Supporting each other in our community enriches our community and helps us become more diverse and makes it more amazing to live here.”
To learn more about Kindrid Blooms, visit kindridblooms.com, kindrid_blooms on Instagram and “Kindrid Blooms” on Facebook.