Blakley developed an interest in herbs at a very young age in her family’s greenhouse, she said. At age 5, she could identify almost all of the herbs in the greenhouse, she said.
Blakley said she would help her mother and sister at their greenhouse and at the farmers’ market. When she got older, she decided she wanted her own business, she said.
Blakley grows four kinds of aloe and 12 different cactus and succulents. She also grows a wide variety of herbs to satisfy her customers’ needs, she said.
“My interest in cactus and succulents came later, when I discovered how beautiful the different shapes, sizes and blooms of various succulents are and how many different kinds of aloe there are,” Blakley said.
Blakley said she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and earn a degree in agricultural communications and animal science.
The specialty crop production proficiency award is designed to recognize students who are involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to crops with no distinct award category, including sugar beets, gourds, popcorn and the production of any crop seed.
The 16-year-old Oologah FFA member is the daughter of Lyle and Rae Ann Blakley. Her agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser is Josh Blair.