Valley Flora is a mother-and-two-daughter collective nestled on the banks of Floras Creek near Langlois, Oregon. Together with the help of our draft horses, a handful of fantastic employees, one little tractor and 12 kilowatts of solar power, we grow hundreds of varieties of vegetables, berries and fruit to feed our local coastal community year-round. Our farm was founded in 1998 with a deep commitment to ecological and organic farming practices and our passion is growing good food to strengthen our community-based food system on the southern Oregon coast. We grow produce for our 130-member CSA, our farmstand, u-pick, local foodbanks, and a number of stores, restaurants and co-ops. Our love of the Floras Creek valley – the fertile loam and the river that runs through it - inspires us to farm with the next generation in mind, and the next. We rely on crop diversity, compost, cover crops, and crop rotation to keep our farm healthy and thriving both above and below ground. We are grateful to call this our life, our livelihood and our passion.
Meet Your Farmers
Betsy, Abby & Zoë make up the Valley Flora trio, but we couldn't do what we do without the help of our incredible team:
2023 Farm Crew, left to right: Zoë, Jen, Alexa, Sarah, Allen, Roberto, Abby and Bets.
How it All Began
Betsy moved to Floras Creek in the early 70s, where both Abby and Zoë were born and raised. After college, Abby returned to the farm and started up a salad greens business in 1997, known as Abby's Greens. She developed a loyal following of chefs, retail stores and other local salad devotees. Ten years later, after working for various organic farms and non-profits, Zoë and her two draft horses came home to Floras Creek to expand the farm. In 2008, Valley Flora was born, a three-way farming collective. Today, Abby continues to wear the "Greens Queen" crown; she manages the salad production and is the resident apple and orchard expert. Betsy has carved out her niche in the greenhouse, growing row after row of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil and summer squash. Zoë rounds out the produce line-up with countless outdoor row crops, berries, and flowers. The "Florettes" feed over 125 Harvest Basket members through their community supported agriculture program, and help keep the pantry stocked at dozens of local restaurants, retail stores, and foodbanks.
Betsy, Zoë & Abby - The Valley Flora Trio
The Farm Family, left to right: Jules, Abby, Pippin, Bets, Cleo, Zoë and Uma