About Our Flowers
For most of our modern lives, the flower industry has relied on imported flowers from Central and South America. It served a need for certain varieties of popular flowers that could be available year round while taking a beating in transport. These flowers are generally heavily treated with chemical preservatives. They also have a high carbon footprint through travel and single use packaging.
Over the past decade or so, that has been changing. Floral designers, local florists, and flower fans have been trending toward local, USA grown seasonal flowers. These flowers can be superior in many ways. The consumer can bring them home often within 24 hours of harvest, providing a longer vase life. Local farmers ofter grow heirloom varieties that still have strong scents triggering childhood memories. Our flowers are free from any chemicals that you breathe in when you sniff your beautiful flower arrangement. Local farmers are able to work directly with floral designers to grow just what they need for their busy event seasons, eliminating the worry of availability and supply chain problems that have sprung up since the pandemic.
There is really only one drawback. Local flowers tend to be a little more expensive than imported flowers. There is a good reason for this. Local flower farms tend to be very small operations with a focus on quality. Brick House Flower Farm is essentially a one woman operation. The flowers are grown using organic methods and are never treated with chemicals. I believe in making nice with all other living things that share our earth, water and sky. That means our plants eat organic fertilizer. We amend the soil with organic compost, wood chips and leaves. The plants are sprayed regularly with a brew of compost tea, and oh boy, they love it! We compost all of the debris. While we had to till the ground this first year because our soil is extremely tight clay, we are working toward using no-till methods to maintain the integrity of soil micro-organisms. I am also working to become more plastic free. It's not very easy! When you decide to support our local flower farm, you are investing in a product created in our community, designed to be sustainable and enjoyable, fun and smile producing.