Posies for PASA
This isn’t a food related post, but it is a “straight from the farm” topic and a fun one at that so I thought I’d share. I was asked recently to do the centerpiece arrangements for a fundraising dinner for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), which happens to be the organization behind the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign that’s done so much for small farms like Weavers Way Farm. I was obviously thrilled to do the floral designs for this lovely event being held in the conservatory of Longwood Gardens, and I worked exclusively with flowers grown at our farm and in my own garden to create these pieces. The pumpkins were also locally grown on a farm in Lancaster County.
Cut flower production and floral design with locally grown flowers is fast becoming an intense passion of mine since I began working and studying at Longwood Gardens. I was pleased to have this opportunity to demonstrate how locally grown seasonal flowers, even in late September, can be just as sophisticated and opulent as a bunch of hot house roses or otherwise. I hope you would agree.
So don’t just think about buying local vegetables, fruit, meat and cheeses. Also think about buying your flowers locally as they are also an important of most small farmers’ palette of products. Local flowers also avoid the environmental issues of the energy consumed in growing flowers out of season in greenhouses far away and often shipping them across international borders.