F&B Farms was started in 1997 by brothers Fred & Bill Geschwill and their spouses Leigh & Heidi. Originally we were just a small retail outlet - sowing seeds by hand out of a wheelbarrow full of soil to local customers who stopped by. Fred & Bill's mom Darlene kept track of the seed quantities and did the ordering, Heidi and Leigh did the selling and the watering, and Fred and Bill did the growing and the building.
Three years later we started selling wholesale. Again it was humble beginnings with a pickup truck with a canopy and a set of boards. We added a little trailer along the way which served us well until we could justify the expense of our first delivery truck. Our intitial market was local - just the Portland Metro area, but within a few years were servicing the entire Willamette Valley. Today our market spans the across the Pacific NW, shipping to all three states.
Along the way we hit some milestones. We hired an assitant grower in the early 2000's to help Fred. In 2005 Fred & Leigh's daughter Alex was born and became a fixture in her little wagon at the nursery. In 2006 we hired our first salesperson to help Leigh answer phones and visit customers. In 2008 we hired Jon as a Head Grower, and he has since become our General Manager. We have had some fabulous people work for us over the years. Some have moved up in their careers with new opportunities, and some, like Aniceto (our longest term employee), have moved up with us. Our crew today is diverse and hardworking - we couldn't get these beautiful plants to you without them. They are truly essential!
We have always been known for our great selection of premium annuals and baskets. Today you can also find certified organic edible starts, potted indoor flowering crops, perennials, forced bulbs and commercial hop starts rounding out our offerings.
In addition to the nursery we have a full farming operation. The third generation family farm was started by Fred & Bill's grandfather Fred Geschwill after he immigrated to the US from Germany just prior to WWII. We currently produce a wide variety of crops ranging from Hops for brewers across the world, beans and corn for local processors, grass and vegetable seeds that go to the local and world markets, and now hazelnuts. Not to mention all those fun pumpkins, squash, corn stalks and straw bales for fall.
We strive to produce all of our products in a sustainable, modern way that maintains good stewardship of our land and resources, and benefits our community and global markets. We are proud that we support many local area non-profits, most focused on children, with our time and donations to help them meet their needs.
Thanks for joining us in this wonderful trip around the sun we make each year!
Fred, Leigh, Bill and Heidi