Over 80% of domestically consumed flowers are grown thousands of miles away in Columbia, Ecuador, and beyond. These countries have minimal or no regulations on the use of toxic chemicals and or workers rights. Environmental stewardship is not anyone’s priority. Workers face permanent health problems such as infertility and blindness due to chemical exposure and are paid very little for their work. In addition, before being shipped flowers are dunked in more insecticides to ensure the absence of pests.
When you choose locally grown blooms, you’re supporting a different paradigm. You’re supporting local pollinators that visited the same crop your flower was harvested from. You’re supporting a local farmer who nurtured your plant for many months before it was ready to harvest and all the love, sweat, and anxiety that goes along with farming. Your flowers will last much longer because they were likely harvested the day before you received them.