Wavra Farms and Nursery

7882 Jordan Street
Salem, OR 97317


About Us

Growing plants has been a part of the Wavra family for many years. Dan started growing his own cannery crops right out of high school. Diane taught school for a few years, and then took time off to raise their kids with the intention of someday going back to teaching. One spring when the boys were still small, Diane turned the farm office into a greenhouse. Every morning she would move the plants from the desk and floor to the outside deck, and return them in doors at night. Dan, growing tired of having to wait for the plants to move in order to enter the office, decided to build a small greenhouse. Dan and Diane agreed on a 30'x50' so that the boys could have a sandbox in the back, and plants in the front.

In the fall of 1999, Dan surprised Diane with a 30'x96' greenhouse so that she would never run out of room and try to move back into his office. Then in November, God surprised them both. Diane worked all winter planting for her yard and garden. Friends and neighbors started coming by to see what was going on. With just a table, calculator and by appointment only rule, Diane's extra plants were sold  out by Mother's Day. Just a month later, Catherine was born, joining big brothers Andrew and Steven.  Since it was obvious that Diane was not going back to teaching, Dan expanded the greenhouse once again so that the kids would have a bigger "playhouse" and a college fund.

We are now entering our twelfth year as a retail nursery. The kids have grown and can often be found packing out soil for customers, moving baskets, or driving large machinery down the road.  Dan still grows vegetables for Norpac cannery, and has recently started growing filberts.

We are a family owned and operated business with close ties to the community. We have maintained ongoing support for many local schools and non-profit organizations. Our mission is to deliver the best products, the best service, and to give customers the best value for their money. Our best customers are those who have had the best results in their gardens with our products and advice. Come give us a try.

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