80 percent of cut flowers sold in the United States are imported.
Most consumers do not know where their flowers come from. If they did, they’d choose to buy locally-grown flowers, if given the choice.
Most people just don’t think about it. With the growing interest in sustainable food, there has been greater focus on flowers that are grown in environmentally and socially responsible ways.
The growing interest in sustainability has led to a greater focus on locally-grown flowers.
Currently, the food world is obsessed with traceability and sourcing. The same concerns apply to flowers.
From transportation and energy costs to labor challenges to pesticide usage, there are plenty of reasons to think about where you buy flowers
Imported flowers create a huge carbon footprint. They require fuel to transport and special shipping materials that end up in land fills.
Buying locally-grown flowers really does address important issues that consumers care about, such as sustainability, quality and freshness and our economy.
Buying flowers grown close to home means you're supporting local economies, using less gas in transport, and ultimately ending up with a much fresher product.
Luckily, the FireFly Flower Farm in Bluemont, Virginia is part of a small local but growing sustainable flower industry working to make changes in every aspect of the flower supply chain.
We focus on conserving water, limiting pesticides and promoting economic and social justice for those who grow and harvest flowers.
Consider local alternatives to imported!