Note: 2019 was Bryan and Harold’s last season at the Market. Gold Finch Flower Farm has scaled down to a couple wholesale perennial accounts and is no longer doing farmers markets. Additionally, we are deeply sad to say that Harold passed away due to complications from COVID-19 in January 2020. He was a special part of our market community and will be deeply missed. Read his eulogy here and a note from the market here.
Gold Finch Flowers is owned and operated by Bryan Gjevre and Harold Wilkins. Based out of Baldwin, Wisconsin, Gold Finch Flowers is a company that specializes in cut-flower bouquets and cut-flowering branches. Bryan and Harold, along with an additional three to four employees during the busy summer growing months, spend their time tending to and caring for a variety of plants on the eight acres that make Gold Finch Flowers Farm. These plants are then sold at our farmers market and to wholesalers and retailers.
Bryan is described as “someone born to grow flowers,” as he is said to have planted his first seeds by age four. He attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in ornamental horticulture. His lifelong passion led to much experience working in greenhouses, wholesale and garden centers. Harold also has had a lifelong interest in gardening which began at a young age when accompanying his mother to greenhouses. This sparked a desire to learn how to grow ornamental plants. He studied at the University of Illinois, and went on to become a professor of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota for 25 years.
Bryan and Harold, partners for 18 years, have been operating Gold Finch Flowers for eight years. As both share a lifelong passion for growing flowers and plants, much of their enjoyment comes from doing something that brings happiness. There is also the added satisfaction of growing plants in the Midwest, where a shorter outdoor growing season brings an opportunity to control the growing of plants during the winter in the basement under lights. Gold Finch Flowers employs sustainable and environmentally sound practices to grow its flowers and flowering branches. The business does not use chemicals until absolutely necessary and relies on plastic and paper mulching, weed hand pulling, and tilling for weed control. Gold Finch Flowers also uses cow manure, in addition to commercial fertilizer, to increase soil quality for cultivating.