Pisgah Flowers- A local sustainable approach

Pisgah Flowers is a labor of love for the land and community of Western North Carolina. We believe in the power of living a simple lifestyle and is reflected in our farming practices. The cut flower industry is largely run by foreign mono crop imported products. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 80 percent of all flowers sold in the U.S. are imported, primarily from South American industrial flower farms that have a history of using harsh chemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides and unfair labor practices. At the U.S. border, flowers must be fumigated to clear customs.

Pisgah Flowers is apart of an emerging sustainable-flower industry, that strives to provide sustainable local choices. Though the sustainable flower market is still tiny, it’s clearly growing. According to the USDA, the number of small flower farms has increased by about 20 percent during the past five years. As of the 2012 census, there were nearly 6,000 flower farms across the country.1

Most flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from as far away as Ecuador and China. Industrial flower farms also typically use large quantities of pesticides, exposing both their workers and the environment to nasty poisons. And flowers grown abroad often use pesticides that have been banned in the U.S. --- or use pesticides in quantities far exceeding U.S. regulations, and without any sort of protection for the workers exposed to them. The flowers grown by Pisgah Flowers are not only fresher than those grown in faraway greenhouses --- they are healthier for the people who grow them and healthier for the people who buy and enjoy them.2

Cut flowers are a $40 billion industry worldwide. When you buy domestic, local and seasonal flowers, you're helping support family farms, preserve farmland, stimulate economic development in rural areas. Pisgah Flowers is one of those family farms that supports the local, provides a quality product and is a healthier choice for customers and farmer alike.

Fast facts about the floriculture industry in the USA:

  • 80% of flowers sold in the USA are grown internationally
  • More than 20% of the pesticides used in Colombian flower productions are known carcinogens or toxins that have been banned in North America. 50% of flower imports come from Colombia.
  • Estimated that up to 50% of all flowers imported are thrown away before ever being used.
  • Colombian flower workers earn $6 a day (far below minimum wage) and can work 70+hours a week without overtime pay. US investors own more than 25% of Colombian flower industry.
  • 58% of large US flower farmers have gone out of business since 1992.

Here are Pisgah Flowers you can be assured we are a local business using sustainable farming practices that are good for you and the land. We maintain the following sustainable farming practices:

  • No chemical fertilizers or soil amendments
  • Low water drip Irrigation from rain barrels system
  • Companion crop and natural pest control practices
  • On-site composting practices

Buying your flowers locally and in season helps support local farmers as well as ensure your getting the safest most ecologically sourced bouquets possible.

Thank you for your support of Pisgah Flowers!

  1. Source: http://modernfarmer.com/2015/02/sustainable-flower-farming/ 

  2. Source: http://www.localharvest.org/organic-flowers.jsp 

  3. Source: fieldtovase.com