Organic vegetables, fruits, and grains are now common in many grocery stores across the country. However, organically grown cut flowers are harder to find. But that's about to change. With the recent reports about alleged human rights abuses and poor working conditions in flower farms in Kenya and Ecuador, interest has grown (no pun intended) in organically raised flowers.
Organic Bouquet is a new company founded by Gerald Prolman, who's worked in the organic foods sector for 23 years, and Dave Smith, co-founder of Smith & Hawken. Organic Bouquet sells organically grown roses and potted flowers on their Web site (www.organicbouquet.com) and at selected Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and Trader Joe stores.
Selling organic flowers taps into the environmental awareness of consumers who are supporting organic methods that produce healthy plants and soils. Organic Bouquet works with organic growers in California and Oregon to offer high-quality flowers, believing that although their flower prices may be higher than conventionally grown flowers, there are no hidden costs. The costs of pollution due to fertilizer runoff, effects on farm worker's health, and increased erosion aren't calculated into most conventionally grown flower prices. Organically grown flowers are good for the environment and the farm economy.
With fall right around the corner, you might also be interested in planting organically raised spring-flowering bulbs. TulipWorld, a Dutch company, has just launched an ECO Collection of organically grown bulbs. Check out their Web site at www.tulipworld.com/tulip.