It used to be that most American homes had not just vegetable gardens but also ‘cutting’ gardens filled with annual and perennial flowers. To have a vase of fresh flowers in one’s home was not then seen as indulgence – it was the good life, in a most simple way. Today, according to the trendspotters at Freakonomics, “. . .about 80 percent of all cut flowers sold in the U.S. are imported.“ — Sylvia Tawse, Fresh Ideas Group, Boulder
“Tonight I photographed the Field to Vase Slow Flower Dinner at the Fresh Herb Farm and was reminded that one of the greatest benefits of buying and selling locally can not be quantified — it is the building of relationships.” — Kirsten Boyer, Farm & Agricultural Photographer, Boulder
It was great to hear how we as a consumer can make a difference for the farmers. By being aware of where the goods come from and selecting local produce and flowers, we can encourage local farmers to grow more. The event was well planned and executed.” – Dennis Kitayama, Kitayama Brothers/KB Farms Blog
These heartfelt quotes express the sentiments of just three of our 80 dinner guests: a culinary publicist, a photographer and a flower wholesaler — each of whom came to the table eager to learn about the important connections between American agriculture and the flowers in our vases. Their positive response to the July 18th Field to Vase Dinner held at The Fresh Herb Co., in Longmont, Colorado, is encouraging and reveals the true purpose of this flower-centric awareness campaign.
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