How to care for your bouquet, why buy local flowers, why local produce, and what is the deal with our Certified Naturally Grown certification?
The world’s largest consumer of cut flowers is the United States, with a majority of those flowers being imported. Imported flowers have a hugely negative impact on the environment as they are not only shipped around the globe burning tons of fossil fuels but, more often than not, are heavily contaminated with harmful synthetic chemicals which in turn is passed on to the consumer. Buying local blooms means fresher flowers that did not have to travel long distances from the farm to your kitchen table and unlike those imported flowers, they are more often than are free of synthetic pesticides and chemicals.
Flower Care Tips
Replenish the water frequently and change the water entirely every 2-3 days.
Trim about half an inch of stem off your flowers before you put them in a vase and each time you change the water.
Keep your flowers away from heat and bright light.
Avoid sitting your flowers beside ripening fruit or vegetables, especially bananas and apples.
Always use a clean vase for new arrangements and bouquets.
Use sharp scissors when cutting your flower stems.
Local food does not need to travel nearly as far as other foods you might purchase from the grocery store. Therefore it typically has a longer shelf life, more nutritional value at the moment of purchase, and more sustainable footprint. You're also supporting your neighbors and local economy. Products from our farm are guaranteed to be fresh and grown without the use of any chemicals. We take great pride in how we grow our produce and steward the land we farm and love to share it with our community.
Certified Naturally Grown
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) is a nonprofit organization offering peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food, flowers, and fiber for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs. CNG standards are based on the highest ideals of the organic movement with an approach based on transparency and direct relationships.
Certified Naturally Grown is a Participatory Guarantee System. PGS have existed for decades, but in recent years they have gained recognition for the valuable role they play in the organic movement by including small-scale farmers in organic guarantee systems.
PGS provide an important alternative to third-party certification programs. In addition to being more affordable and less reliant on paperwork, PGS are distinguished by their approach. Inspections are carried out by peers – typically other farmers in the area. The model is based on transparency, trust, and direct relationships which help to foster local networks that strengthen the farming community through mutual support and educational opportunities.