Mother-daughter duo works together to sell plants

Amanda Castro and Lorna Hake are a mother-daughter duo that run Firebranch Farms out of Goessel. The business holds an annual spring sale of its flowers and plants each year and offers floral arrangements for sale to individuals and to florists and grocery stores in Harvey, Marion and Sedgwick Counties.


Firebranch Farms, a local business in Goessel, holds an annual spring sale of their flowers and plants each year, and offers floral arrangements for sale to individuals and to florists and grocery stores in Harvey, Marion and Sedgwick Counties.
Some of the 800 plants being offered at the annual plant sale at Firebranch Farm this weekend.

Spring is here and flowers are in full bloom everywhere. For mother-daughter duo Lorna Hakes and Amanda Castro, this means their busy season is also in full bloom.

The team runs Firebranch Farm which is a small farm right at the edge of Goessel (but it has a Newton address so don’t be confused) that grows flowers as well as vegetables and herbs.

While it isn’t your typical nursery that customers can just pop out to and shop whenever they need something, the pair does take orders for arrangements and they are having their annual sale this coming weekend on April 29 as well as on May 6.

The annual sale will have over 800 plants available—annuals, perennials, natives, herbs, vegetables and succulents. All are grown from seed or propagation right on the farm.

“We actually grow at my property and mom’s but we will have everything here in the barn at my place for the sale,” said Castro.

If you can’t make it to their sale, you can also find their arrangements for sale at Goessel Grocery & Deli and at other locations throughout Harvey County, Marion County and Sedgwick County. They have been connecting with various grocers and florists to sell their flowers and hope to branch out even more soon once they aren’t both working full-time jobs in addition to running Firebranch Farm.

“This year has been tough because we doubled our growing and we doubled everything, but we didn’t double our time and ourselves,” said Castro. “But we have some plans for the future.”

Part of the plans for the future includes expanding and offering more which they will be able to do with the new greenhouse they are building. Castro and Hakes also plan to offer at least four workshops with the first one happening on June 3.

“Details about that will be coming out in the beginning of May,” said Castro.

The two even work during the off-season offering dried flower arrangements and ornaments. They are constantly coming up with new ideas.

“We’ve even thought about doing a pick your own flower at the end of the season event when there are still so many flowers left. Like toward the end of the peony season, we may just say come out and pick your own,” Castro said.

While they do not yet have a website, they do have a Facebook page where they can be reached or you can call Castro at 620-757-9637. Both are the best way to reach the pair to order that special arrangement for your loved one’s birthday or special event coming up. And keep an eye out on their page for more fun events coming.

Castro and Hakes have been amazed at the support they have gotten.

“The community has been so supportive to us. They are so encouraging to us, and that just really spurs you on and keeps you going,” said Castro.

The sale will be this Saturday, April 29 and May 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. They will also have authentic tacos available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Firebranch Farm is located in Goessel at 138 120th, Newton, KS 67114 (the address says Newton but it is right just a 1/2 mile west of Goessel).

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