Some grocery store fruits and vegetables aren’t the only perishable items that travel thousands of miles, are full of chemicals and come from places with often-poor labor rights. Flowers do too! As someone who loves flowers and supporting local producers, creating a small-scale seasonal urban flower farm was the closest thing to fresh and as ecologically responsible as possible.
WHY LOCAL FLOWERS
Purchasing locally grown product keeps your dollars in your community and supports local farming.
The flowers that arrive in Canada from abroad have often spent several weeks in transit before hitting the wholesalers. Locally grown flowers can be cut and sold all in the same day, with amazing quality.
Locally grown flowers are exactly that. Locally grown! Transport costs and the ecological footprint is greatly reduced when blooms are purchased in season and locally.
One of the issues with imported flowers is social justice. Cheaper wages, poor working conditions, and exposure to toxic chemicals are problematic in emerging countries where floriculture is a large export.
Importing flowers can generate a great deal of waste. The Miami International Airport processes approximately 32,000 boxes of flowers a day into the US and that means a lot of packaging waste. Locally grown blooms are often delivered in reusable buckets to their supplier.