Lost in the Flowers

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Growing and making food are two of the most rewarding things that we feel we can do. It brings us so much joy to know that we can connect to people through wellness. But, it must be said that we harbor a secret: we like growing flowers more.

I know, I know. It sounds silly. Flowers are, well, flowers. They serve no real purpose. They cannot feed the hungry, or save local food economies. Come on!

But, really. We are just in love with flowers.

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Flowers have been a main part of the CSA since the beginning. We couldn’t imagine doing what we do without our weekly bouquets. True, they add a significant amount of work on our part, but we get rewarded at every turn by putting in the time.

Flowers are not just flowers. They are an essential part of agricultural ecology. Because we try to garden in a way that takes into account the “big picture” of soil care, animal care, and plant care, we would be remiss if our seeding schedules did not include flowers. Planting flowering perennials and annuals attracts pollinators, creates habitat for critters, and, yes, looks good!

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It is easy these days (and especially as a small business owner) to feel the need to streamline and cut the fat. But we know all to well that if we do this at the expense of the beautiful, our soul suffers.

As a result, we defy anyone who would try to get us to stop growing our floral gardens. We simply cannot do it. Whether they serve an ecological, edible, or aesthetic purpose, these blooms are here to stay.

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Some of our favorites to grow:

  • Nasturtium
  • Bachelor Button
  • Calendula
  • Scabiosa
  • Strawflower
  • Lavender
  • Larkspur
  • Cosmos
  • Sunflower
  • Stock
  • Amaranth
  • Yarrow
  • Snapdragon
  • Nigella

 

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