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Bloomsbury Farm began as a greenhouse and landscaping business in 1995. Owner Karen Petersen had a degree in Floriculture, and after working in the floral industry for a while, decided she wanted to run her own business, doing something she enjoyed. In 1995, Karen opened Bloomsbury Farm and Greenhouse, a greenhouse and landscaping business, located in one of the barns on the farm. Karen chose the name "Bloomsbury" because it was the name of a town in a Peter Pan book she used to read to her children. She eventually diversified the business some and ventured into the floral market as well. Bloomsbury Farm and Greenhouse was well-known for making beautiful flower arrangements for weddings, funerals, and anything else you can imagine!
1997 was the first time the concept of agritourism was introduced to the Farm. The first-grade teacher of one of Karen's daughters asked to bring the class out to the Farm for a hayrack ride. Karen agreed, and eventually the concept of Bloomsbury Farm as an agritourism destination blossomed! The business began slowly, with free activities including hayrack rides, a few animals to pet, a rustic barn - and has bloomed into something bigger and better than Karen had ever imagined!
In 2004, a tornado wiped out the greenhouse and landscaping business, and since then, Bloomsbury Farm has been one of the biggest and best agritourism destinations in Iowa! Today, Bloomsbury Farm is host to thousands of visitors each year, many even coming from other states and countries! With dozens of family-friendly activities, including a 10-acre corn maze and the area's largest pumpkin patch, Bloomsbury Farm is the perfect destination for family fun!