Organic Flowers for Your Special Day
Story by Felicia Zammit-McMann, Owner, Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley
Photo: Courtesy of Stonewood Farm
No wedding day would be complete without flowers. From your hair, to your bouquet, to boutonnières, to centerpieces and ceremony décor, flowers at a wedding are a must-have. That being said, not all flowers are created equal. Flowers, depending on the type, actually create a high carbon footprint.
Angela DeFelice, flower grower and owner of Rock Steady Farm & Flowers in Millerton, says, “Over 80 percent—used to be over 90 percent—of U.S. flowers are imported, and many come from countries with little to no regulations around pesticide and fungicide use, chemical fertilizers, worker safety or worker wages. Many of the chemicals used are not even allowed for use in the U.S. As imports, there is also the environmental cost of flying them to the U.S.—many come through Miami—and then trucking them throughout the country.”
Melissa Cipollone, co-manager at Stonewood Farm in Millbrook, says, “In contrast, farmers who grow flowers organically and sustainably refrain from applying synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. They also practice responsible growing methods that focus on building the health of their soil and fostering a balanced farm ecosystem. They sell their flowers locally, leaving a minimal carbon footprint.”