When you pick up a bouquet of flowers at a local grocery store, flower shop, natural foods market or a community-owned food co-op, try to find out where the flowers are from. Why? If you live in the U.S., and have the choice to purchase domestically-grown flowers, you’re helping U.S.A. flower farms stay alive. Demand U.S.-grown from your local flower provider. You might now know that imported flowers from South America are causing U.S. flower farms to struggle and many are going out of business. Due to the less expensive labor, lack of pesticide and fungicide regulation in South America in particular, our local flower farms are in peril. You as the consumer are the person who can request or require this from your flower seller. You have the power to make change with your dollars.
Learn more by watching this video: Heart & Soil: Reclaiming the American Cut Flower Industry
Presented by Kasey Cronquist, CEO/Ambassador of the California Cut Flower Commission
This post was inspired by this post on the Whole Foods Blog about Valentine’s Day flowers. They were promoting imported flowers and not domestically grown flowers. To understand the counter-argument, you need to read the comments posted by the U.S. growers. Many are a part of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.
“The ASCFG provides an identity for the specialty cut flower industry. It connects more than 600 members across the United States, and in Canada, the Netherlands and Northern Ireland. The ASCFG provides production, marketing, and research information through publications, online communications and national and regional meetings. It also connects floral buyers with the farmers who are producing the highest quality, locally-grown flowers.”- from the ASCFG website.
If you live in Vermont you can find The Painted Tulip grown flowers and Woodie Ornamentals at City Market, Healthy Living Market, Burlington Farmers Market (Summer and Winter), Waterbury Farmers Market (Summer and Winter), and direct from our farm. This season we will be doing a CSFS (Community Supported Flower Subscription) from our farm and at markets in Vermont but also as part of the Pakeen Farm C.S.A. Shares for 2013 are available at the farm in Canton, MA.
Please remember the importance of purchasing as directly from local farmers as much as possible. It keeps more money in the farmer’s pocket which goes back into preserving our bucolic American landscape!