Our Farming Practices
SUSTAINABILITY & STEWARDSHIP
We grow our flowers using sustainable practices and follow organic principles -although we are not certified organic. Because we know soil to be the key to healthy plants, we are always trying to improve our soil's structure, fertility and biological life. We use certified organic compost and fertilizers, cover-crop with grains and legumes, and rotate crops season-to-season.
Our flowers are a healthy source of pollen and nectar for beneficial insects and pollinators including butterflies, native bees and wasps, moths, hummingbirds, honeybees, and flies. The flowers we grow increase the overall biodiversity of the farm and, as a result, our fields are buzzing with life!
So although some insects cause damage to our flowers, insect life is an accepted and encouraged part of the farm. We use integrated pest management practices and depend primarily on light-weight fabrics (such as Remay and Protect-net) to act as physical barriers when plants are young and most vulnerable to damage. Below you can see an example of how we use organza bags to protect individual dahlia flowers from being nipped by tarnish plant bugs and thrips.