A CONSCIENTIOUS CHOICE
When you choose Silver Lake Farms, you are making a conscious choice to support a movement called Slow Flowers. Like the organic food movement, Slow Flowers is about supporting local flower farms and farmers who grow using sustainable and organic practices.
To quote the Slow Flowers website: "Increasingly, people are asking: Where were these flowers grown? How far did they travel to get here? I want to meet the farmer!"
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers says: "Almost 80% of fresh flowers sold in the United States are not grown in North America, but Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Israel. Shipping flowers from those countries to the United States incurs huge transportation, energy, refrigeration, and storage costs, leaving an enormous carbon footprint. These floral materials may carry residue of chemical pesticides or fungicides."
Slow flowers come fresh from local fields and are more responsibly grown. Slow flowers are known to last longer in the vase. You'll discover new varieties of flowers and enjoy intense fragrances and colors. Every season brings something new.
From late January to Mother's Day, Silver Lake Farms begins the year with soft pastels, deep violets, blues, and pinks. You'll see ranunculus, anemones, and fragrant sweet peas.
In the spring, our fields are covered with antique wildflowers. Delicate larkspur, Queen Anne's lace, soft grasses, and airy branches fill our bouquets.
From summer to fall, our palette is saturated with texture and dramatic colors. Cockscomb, amaranths, strawflowers create velvety, papery, and tassel-like forms. But the star of the season is always the dahlia.
RESPONSIBLE GROWING PRACTICES
Silver Lake Farms owes the health and beauty of our flowers to the growing methods we employ at our growing grounds.
We start by reading the "climate" of our soils and observing which plants are volunteering in the field. This tells us when it's time to start what kind of plant, so it can grow comfortably in happy conditions.
Soil biology is paramount. We feed our plants by taking care of our soil, applying biology in the form of actively aerated compost teas (AAC), which we brew ourselves from compost that we make as well as other natural ingredients.
Pest control is accomplished through fostering a natural ecology. Sometimes things get out of balance, so we help nature address itself by providing rock pile habitats for lizards and gopher snakes and nesting spots for birds and owls.
The end result is a farm model we can be proud of: healthy land, sustainable practices, and gorgeous blooms.