South County Flowers is run by husband and wife team, Dean & Nancy Viseth, on the property formerly known as Belvidere Stables, Inc, where Nancy's parents, Richard & Nancy Sinkler, raised Thoroughbred horses for 30 years. In 2008, Dean & Nancy made the move cross country from Arcata, California, back to the farm in Rhode Island where Nancy grew up, and decided to start a farm business growing cut flowers. Armed with little more than a love of nature, a strong work ethic, and a desire to succeed, Dean and Nancy learned their sustainable farming skills through trial and error, and from other farmers willing to share their knowledge .
That first summer we grew only a small patch of sunflowers and zinnias. After harvesting them, we put them in the back of the pickup truck and drove around South County introducing ourselves to florists. Several local florist shops expressed an interest, and in the following few days the phone started ringing with calls from florists wanting more of our fresh flowers. We realized there was actually a market for fresh cut locally grown flowers. For the next eight years we focused on growing the most beautiful, fresh, high quality and unique cut flowers local florists could find, and expanded our delivery route to over thirty florists, small independent grocery stores , and designers.
In recent years, we have transitioned into a farm wedding venue and floral design studio, where we can host weddings and provide the flowers for those weddings from right here on the farm. We also continue to provide flowers for DIY brides, weddings at other venues, and our CSA Flower Shares. While we no longer do weekly wholesale deliveries, we value our florist relationships and wholesale flowers are still available to florists and designers who are willing to pick up their orders at the farm.
We believe in using organic and sustainable practices to care for the farm itself, the flowers, our family, and the community. In addition to growing flowers and managing the wedding venue, Dean also bales forty acres of hay each summer. Farming doesn’t afford much free time , but when we do have some we enjoy live music, spending time with family and friends, hiking, travel, and golf. Thank you for your interest in our farm and locally grown flowers!