Did you know that the U.S. imports around 80% of flowers sold and that 74% of customers don't know the origins of their flowers? In contrast, our Farm focusses on cultivating relationships with local, Bay Area clients and on ensuring that the customers we serve understand where and how their flowers are produced. We believe that developing a strong, resilient community of small-scale producers is essential to a thriving local economy. The vast majority of our designs feature flowers grown on our own farm. If we need to source product from elsewhere we buy from other local growers. We also believe that "fresh is best." Focussing on local outlets allows us to limit the time our blooms spend in storage and/or transit, which in turn helps us to supply customers with flowers that are as fresh and as beautiful as possible.
Inspired by other "Slow" movements that have taken off in recent years, the Slow Flower movement encourages us to make a conscious choice regarding what flowers we buy, where we buy them and who we buy them from. At our Farm we have chosen to grow and design with seasonally appropriate, sustainable local materials, to focus on small-scale production and to hopefully contribute in a small way to the renaissance of the American Grown Cut Flower industry. We want the people we serve to know who grew and designed their flowers, and where and how those flowers were grown. For more information on the slow Flowers movement and to access the wonderful Slow Flowers Directory go to slow flowers.com
We also want to give a shout out to the wonderful Debra Prinzing (debraprinzing.com,) creator of slowflowers.com, the slow flowers podcast and a huge support for businesses like ours. Thank you Debra!
We love our native pollinators! With many of our native pollinators suffering the effects of habitat loss and pesticide use, having environments that support a diverse selection of flowering plants is ever more important.
At FieldSketch we make sure that we grow a wide variety of cuts that are useful to pollinators, even when we are also growing other types. For example, while pollenless sunflowers don't drop pollen on the table-cloth, they also don't feed the bees! So we grow both, ensuring that neighborhood tablecloths stay tidy and the bees stay buzzing. We have also partnered with the Urban Bee Lab at UC Berkeley to create a list of pollinator friendly cuts suitable for commercial growers and the home cutting garden.