How it all started

I never intended to be a flower farmer.  Actually, I often get asked how this Bochner Farms dream began.  It’s so strange, but the honest answer is, “I have no idea.”

What I can say, is my husband Jim and I had intended to buy land in Oregon and live there when we retire.  Then we decided why not buy land in Iowa so we can enjoy it until we retired (you know, things like fishing and hiking and camping).  We planned to have fun on our Iowa land and then sell it to move to Oregon someday.

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Things turned out differently.  We found a beautiful 50 acres of land in central Iowa.  Complete with hills and trees, meadows and a pond.  We spent time there.  As we explored the land, we fell in love with it.  We decided to build a house there.  At this point, still no talk of this crazy thing called flower farming.

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I honestly don’t know how we leapt from building a house on the land to what would eventually consume so much of our energy, time, money, thoughts and dreams…Bochner Farms.  But here we are, talking of growing day lilies, hybridizing, growing cut flowers, and creating a beautiful place for people to gather and share the joy of special occasions in the midst of colorful flowers and green open spaces.

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And so it began.  We hope you enjoy following along as we continue down our flower farming journey.

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