Meet the Hibbs & Ball Family
Welcome to HB Farms, place for home-grown flowers, local beef, rustic design and stories of agriculture.
My name is Morgan Hibbs, and I am the face behind HB Farms LLC. flowers & beef brand, but I can't do this alone, farming takes the whole family and many generations!
I developed a love for agriculture during my days down at the farm.
Tyler and I went to high school together and re-connected while I was interning back home. I had just begun my blog, Picking Wildflowers, when I saw a certain boy liked my post! I hadn't seen or heard from Tyler since my freshman year in high school. I was shocked that he would read my blog. I messaged him and this is where our love story begins...
Tyler proposed with my favorite cow Josie. She is the last cow from Grandpa's herd and the first cow in our new herd. We got married on October 20th, 2018. It was a very windy but BEAUTIFUL Iowa day! It was Tyler that really encouraged me to grow my own flowers! He saw a passion in me that I kept trying to ignore.
Our story is just beginning but the Ball family farm dates back to the early 1900s. Grandma Pat says I inherited my love for flowers from Great Grandma Ball. She always had a large garden and she cared for indoor flowers all winter long. The stories of the farm have been romanticized over the years, as I am sure it wasn't always roses and butterflies, but the stories bring me so much joy.
The farm is the BALL farm, but it is really a family farm consisting of both Hibbs and Ball members and so, HB Farms LLC. was born! HB, Hibbs and Ball, it just seems to fit!
My own love for cut-flowers has grown slowly over the years. When we were little, Mom encouraged us to save flower petals from important occasions. She would help us write a little note before sticking them in the pages of our bible. It wasn't until my time at Iowa State University where I really began to grow a passion for cut flowers. I enrolled in a few horticulture classes and fell in love for plants and design. I started slow and grew just a few rows of flowers, enough for my own kitchen table, but soon I was growing 30 different varieties of flowers!
Flowers are truly little blessings. The gesture of a fresh bouquet brings us comfort in times of mourning and joy during times of celebration. We are thrilled to be working with you! It makes us so happy to share our locally grown flowers with you!
The flower business is my own way to add value to the farm, but the family farm has such a rich history in beef production and beef was and will always be my first passion. Tyler and I began to discuss additional ways to diversify our revenue on the farm. The possibility of direct marketing our beef was an intriguing idea. We own the beef herd with my dad and in past years we have weaned our calves and sold them to be fed to market size on another farm. Starting in 2023, we are going to give direct marketing our beef a try. We will reevaluate the following year and see if there is an interest and if it was profitable.
We welcomed our son, Dean, into the world in 2020. He is a true farm boy who loves to be outside riding the tractor or checking the cows. It is our dream to raise our family on the farm in the midst of it all. Giving them a life of playing in the dirt, harvesting from the garden and leading 4-H steers around the farmyard.
Agriculture impacts us all and yet less than 2% of our population is involved in production agriculture. It is my passion to share our farm life journey with you, bringing you along for the journey.
Be sure to take a look around and let me know if you have any questions!