The Beauty of Organic Flowers
It's this simple: you bring flowers into your house to bring the joy and beauty of nature into your home. If there is a sad story of chemical sprays and exploited workers behind your flowers, the joy of the flowers is diminished.
Yes, there are many other great reasons to choose organic—less dangerous chemicals in the environment, more farm acreage managed in a way that builds and enriches valuable soils, and conservation of water. But for us it's more than all that scientific rational stuff, it's a celebration of everything beautiful, natural, and healthy. Flowers are our way of celebrating nature, and celebrating ourselves, so they just have to be grown in a way that cares for the environment or it defeats their whole purpose.
The Farm Ecosystem
There are many ways to manage an organic farm, and at California Organic Flowers, we believe it is more that just using safer potions to grow crops. We believe in a farm that is a balanced and harmonious ecosystem. Healthy plants, like healthy people, are better able to fight off disease and insects. Plant health begins with soil that is well cared for and nourished. Our main source of soil fertility is legume cover crops which provide nitrogen, micro nutrients and organic matter. A plant that is able to feed itself from rich balanced soil builds strong cell walls that are able to repel insects. Secondly the cover crops provide habitat for beneficial insects which keep populations of pests very low. We have built up such a strong population of beneficials that aphid infestations are now met with a strong counter attack of lady bugs and green lace wings. Sometimes we can count hundreds of lady bugs on one plant. Our farm is a healthy, happy ecosystem filled with hummingbirds, dragonflys, blue birds (we have boxes to attract these voracious and beautiful caterpillar predators), toads, snakes, predatory wasps, and many many more. What does this mean for your flowers? Well, since our flowers are field grown from strong healthy plants, our flowers are also strong and vibrant with rich green foliage and bright brilliant blooms. Just as a garden tomato will always have better flavor than a hothouse tomato, so too will our 'free range' flowers have superior vibrancy and vitality!
We are a small family farm with a handful of committed, hardworking employees. Our all women farm crew led by Julia arrives early in the morning (usually by bicycle!) to harvest your flowers at their peak freshness. The summers are hot here in the Sacramento Valley (often over 100 degrees) so we try to get all the flowers in for processing before Noon. Each harvest day we have an relaxing lunch and hot tea before starting the afternoon work of packing boxes for shipment. We believe in hard work and celebration, in enjoying our strength and honoring our weaknesses. Our employees are part of our family and we are thankful everyday for their contribution.
Organic Flowers On a Mission!A seed is planted. Carefully placed in the soil,
lovingly watered and weeded, pruned and supported, a flower grows. Each
flower on our farm is raised from youth to be ready at a moments notice
for a important emotional mission. They proudly wait to be selected and
packed into a box with a message of love, or hope or grief or joy.
Flowers are sent to people we love, because we wish to express joy for
their new job, house, or baby. They are sent to show we care about
their sickness, injury or loss of loved one. Flowers are sent to
encourage a friend to carry on in times of turmoil and they are sent
just because we remember how important that person is to us and we just
want them to know that we think of them from time to time. When we
choose individual flowers on our farm, we tell them (yes, we really
talk to your flowers!), ‘this is an important mission you have, travel
proudly and be your best upon arrival.” We imaging our tears flowing,
and smiles upon faces when a box of our flowers is opened. That is why
it is important to us that our flowers we grown organically and they be
grown on our farm where we can see every single bloom before it is
packed for shipment. We are a small farm, we plant every seed
ourselves, harvest every bloom by hand. We understand that personal
messages of love and grief deserve personal attention. Yes, growing
flowers is a fun way to make a living, but we also understand our job
is important, we have a responsibility to those sending and receiving
our flowers, their message is important and our flowers have a mission
worthy of our loving attention. When walk our straight rows of flowers
on our neat and tidy little farm, we see proud flowers growing strong
in a healthy farm ecosystem waiting to be selected for your mission.
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