One of life’s greatest practical luxuries is having fresh cut flowers in your home. But conscious consumers may be be dismayed to learn that 80 percent of flowers in the U.S. are imported, and nearly 50 percent are trashed before they’re ever used. The ugly truth is that it takes a lot of man power, fuel, and chemicals to get those beautiful blooms from field to florist, and ultimately into your home. Lucky for us, then, that Christina Stembel founded Farmgirl Flowers, a mail-order floral company sourcing domestically grown blooms.
Based in San Francisco, Sembel’s approach aims to set a higher environmental standard for her profession, but you don’t have to live in the Bay area to enjoy the fruits of her efforts: Her Field to Vase project is an online resource for sourcing local and sustainable flowers no matter where you live. Call it the local flower movement.
In addition to resources for finding wholesalers and retailers of locally grown plants, Field to Vase also supplies articles about growing and arranging at home, including contributions from eco-friendly growers from across the country. (Rhode Islanders will recognize farmers’ market favorite Robin Hollow Farm along with Little Compton’s The Local Bouquet as two of the contributors.) With Earth Month and spring both blossoming, it’s the perfect time to think about how you can make that next bouquet as fresh as possible.
All images courtesy of Field to Vase.