Did you know?
We are fortunate to live in a community that places a high value on the integrity of the supply chain of its food: we seek out local, quality produce proudly and with intention. That same heightened awareness is not yet mirrored in the cut flower industry, but we're here to help change that!
Numbers are our jam, but these stats are jarring (see what we did there?)...
That girl is poison (so is that flower)
In a 2017 study that collected residues from gloves worn by florists arranging bouquets over just two two-hour periods, a total of 111 active insecticides and fungicides were found, with many of them greatly exceeding the maximum residue limits provided in the non-binding European guidance on Acceptable Operator Exposure Levels (Source Footnote 1 below)
TRAVEL THE WORLD AND THE SEVEN SEAS...
Only about one-third of the flowers sold in the US are grown domestically (Society of American Florists), and most of the US-grown blooms are from California - 3,000 miles away from the Upper Valley.
RULES? WHere we're going, we don't Need rules.
Since flowers are not an edible crop, they are exempt from regulations about pesticide residues.
Stop and smell the roses
Imported roses contribute up to 1.5 pounds (0.7 kg) of CO2 and greenhouse gasses per stem (Source Footnote 2). This means that a bouquet of dozen imported roses can produce roughly 16 pounds (7.3 kg) of CO2.
How does that measure up?
By weight, each kilogram of roses "consumed" produces 60 pounds (27.3 kg of CO2), giving this purchase a carbon footprint higher than almost any other agricultural crop on the market (see chart below for reference).
Top of the class:
Full Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Common Proteins and Vegetables
why we're different
How are these for some numbers:
zero. Zip. Zilch.
That’s how many pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals we use on our organic flowers. We care deeply about our community, our neighbors, our environment and you, our customers! We are proud that our flowers are safe for our drinking water supply, our children and our neighbors’ children and for the plants and animals that surround us. (Fun fact: our farm sits within a mile from the banks of the Connecticut River, well within its watershed. The river and its watershed are home to rare and endangered species, as well as nesting bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and osprey!)
That is the radius within which we source almost all of our outside materials (compost, wood chips, seeds).
Most of our deliveries are within a 20-mile radius, and each drive serves lots of our amazing customers. Boom.
1:1 (Our favorite)
This is the ratio of bouquets purchased to trees planted through our partnership with the Vermont-based nonprofit, One Tree Planted. Each and every time you purchase one of our large market bouquets or buckets, we donate a tree to help reforest our planet in an effort to stand behind our commitment to the sustainability of our local and global communities. The math here is simple - buy a bouquet and plant a tree. Buy more bouquets and plant more trees! Find out more below.
We are committed to sustainability, carbon reduction, and reforestation.
Join us in this effort!
ONE BOUQUET = ONE TREE
We believe that businesses can do well by doing good.
In addition to running our farm responsibly, we have also partnered with One Tree Planted. For every large bouquet or bucket purchased, we donate to this fabulous, Vermont-based non-profit to plant a tree to help restore our planet's deforested areas.
One Tree Planted works both within the United States - and is in the planning stages for helping to repair damage done by last season's wildfires in the western part of the country - as well as abroad to restore areas damaged by devastating floods and forest fires. In addition to protecting crucial habitat for biodiversity, One Tree Planted also serves to help rebuild communities and create jobs. Take a peek above, or find out more at their website.
1 K. Toumi, "Risk Assessment of Florists Exposed to Pesticide Residues through Handling of Flowers and Preparing Bouquets" Int'l Journal of Env. Research & Public Health (2017)
2 Williams, Adrian. (2007). Comparative Study of Cut Roses for the British Market Produced in Kenya and the Netherlands. Cranfield University. Bedford, UK