Like most small businesses, Groovy Plants Ranch can trace its roots back to humble beginnings where determination, ingenuity and passion have the freedom to grow into something unexpected.
In 2007 at 19 years old, Jared Hughes started to realize the spark of a dream. While working through college at Foertmeyer and Sons Greenhouse, Jared fell more and more in love with plants. The desire to grow as many plants as possible, paired with a natural entrepreneurial spirit led Jared to begin propagating succulents in his limited free time. Their low care and ease of propagation made them a perfect starter crop for a full-time college student and greenhouse employee.
From there, the business naturally grew and Jared started building a small facility at his parents farm in Cardington. As the business grew, so did Jareds collection of different unusual plants from around the world. One crop paid for a greenhouse, that greenhouse paid for another, and so it went until 2015.
In 2015 Jared and Liz were married and together they worked diligently on growing the business, sticking strictly to wholesale customers and their online store. Unexpectedly, they found themselves with the opportunity to purchase an amazing greenhouse property in Fargo, Ohio, previously known as Fargo Herbs. It was a long shot for the newly married couple, but it felt like the perfect fit.
Throwing caution to the wind, Jared and Liz went full force into their new venture, Groovy Plants Ranch! They pulled up their home and business in Cardington and moved to the property in Fargo. Jared opened up the door to retail while Liz continued teaching. The first year of retail at GPR was a challenge, as Jared did most of the retail and growing himself. That first year of hustle paid off, Liz quit her teaching job to be part of the business full time.
Jared and Liz now live and work at “The Ranch” with their two young girls and their two Australian shepherds. An amazing staff of plant professionals allows them to grow far more unique and interesting plants than they ever dreamed. In addition to the diversity of plants, Jared and Liz enjoy making the ranch a family friendly, whimsical oasis of escape for customers from all over the country.
If you’ve been to GPR before, we hope you loved your visit(s). If you haven’t, we personally invite you to pay us a visit and see what we’ve been growing.
Stay Groovy & Plant Kindness,
The GPR Team