Here at Organic Bouquet, all of our sustainably certified partner farms in Ecuador, Colombia and California use earth-friendly techniques to grow the flowers you enjoy! Instead of using harmful synthetic chemicals for fertilizers and pesticides, natural resources are used to grow these beautiful flowers.
All organic waste is composted and decomposed runoff is used to fertilize the plants in the greenhouses.
Animals such as horses, cows, goats and llama's are used to create natural fertilizers, control weeds, and provide transportation on the farms. Eucalyptus trees are a great natural pest repellent, so they surround our farms which also helps block damaging winds. Herbs also border the plants and act as natural pest protections.
Another sustainable practice is re-cycling rain water. In the picture, you can see how runoff water is collected from the roofs of the greenhouses. It is then taken back to a holding pond where natural bacteria's and plant life clean the water before returning it through the irrigation lines.
People That Matter:
Outside of earth-friendly growing practices, sustainably certified farms provide a high level of social responsibility programs for growers and farm workers to ensure a better way of life. Certified flower farm jobs are much sought after in Ecuador and Colombia due to the benefits they provide.
Certified flower farms employ 60% women from the surrounding villages. Without the flower farms these women won't have work and must rely on their husbands to provide for the family. These jobs empower women and help level the field for women in the home. It also brings the family out of poverty and improves the lives of children. Workers also learn to grow crops without synthetic chemicals and this food is used to feed the workers well balanced meals each day at no cost to them. Each certified farm has medical facilities on site, day care for workers, health education, above minimum wages and a learned trade. All of the certification programs that we support provide guaranteed comprehensive social improvements for local communities. Workers under the Fair Trade program receive fair livable wages and 12% of every Fair Trade product goes to a fund managed by the workers. This is why every time you buy from Organic Bouquet, you can take pride that your money is improving the lives of our growers and farm workers.
There are several initiatives that we are involved with such as "Project Ecuador". This initiative helps citizens in Ecuador convert land to the sustainable production of exportable crops for consumers around the world. Our company helps in the following ways: provide the seed money, post harvest services as well as all the marketing, packaging and sales. We also provide the export permits necessary for shipping the products. Since Ecuador is an area where many lack access to resources, we help provide them to the citizens. Over 70 percent of all flowers purchased in the US are from Ecuador and Colombia.
Another aspect we are involved with is offering a turnkey solution in exchange for the exclusive supply of certified sustainable and organic products, our company provides low and no-interest loans and educational assistance in finance, organic and sustainable certification, crop management, as well as medical insurance, harvest facilities, packing materials, trucking systems for global exports and community support and marketing services.
Another initiative is in Colombia. Organic Bouquet provided the no interest loan that made it possible for the Gutierrez family to expand their farm outside of Bogota, Colombia to become one of the world's most eco-friendly growers of both flowers and greens. They became the first organic greens grower in Colombia. The family and our company have committed themselves to help support Autism therapy in a nearby village. Both donate 10 percent of sales from the farm to support the nonprofit organization, Fundacion DIA, founded by the Gutierrez family to provide free treatment to assist those diagnosed with autism.
Finally, our company has developed a partnership in Southern California with the leading floriculture farm in that area. Their biggest success occurred in 2008 when the Guarantee Purchase Program propagated the first USDA Certified Organic Gerbera Daisies in the world.
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