Zinnias

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is one of the most important aspects of our farm. It affects every part of our business, from farming to design.

FARMING

These are some of the ways we are striving towards sustainability in our farming practices:

Never use harmful pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides

Instead:

  • Use weed barrier to reduce weeds

  • Provide ideal nutrition to plants to encourage good plant health, enabling them to fight off pests & pathogens themselves

Use drip irrigation to water plants

  • Reduces water use compared with other irrigation forms because the water goes straight to the roots and evaporation is minimized

Compost all green waste

  • This keeps green waste out of landfills, which contributes to methane production

Improve soil quality by adding organic material in the form of compost from our county supply

Use compost tea as a drench & foliar spray to provide nutrients for our plants as they grow

Sourcing floral buckets from local grocery stores, Costco, and our community which were otherwise destined for the landfill

Hickory Hills Flower Farm

Re-using weed barrier fabric, flower netting, drip tape, stakes, and earth staples for many years

Foraging greenery from highly invasive plants like autumn olive & asian bush honeysuckle from our farm before they go to fruit & are spread further by birds.

FLORAL DESIGN

These are some of the ways we are striving towards sustainability in our floral design practices:

Craft our designs with flowers & greens grown exclusively on our farm

  • Source any additional flowers & greens needed from like-minded farms and businesses in the US, concentrating on Midwest growers first

  • This means that carbon emissions are kept to a minimum, as traditionally sourced flowers are largely flown into the US from South America, Africa, & Australia. They are then fumigated with chemicals to ensure that pests and pathogens from foreign countries are not entering the US.

Use floral foam alternatives like compostable Agrawool and Oshun Pouches

Use recyclable/compostable bouquet sleeves stamped with biodegradable ink tied with compostable twine

Avoid single-use plastics

Source used vessels for vase arrangements from thrift stores & our community to reduce our purchase of new goods

Emma Bilbrey Farmer-Florist

GOALS

We want to be fully transparent in our pursuit of sustainability.
Here are some of the things we are working on:

Integrating low- to no-till farming practices

Implementing cover crops in the off-season

Sourcing ribbon made with natural fibers & dyes instead of synthetic materials

Sourcing non-plastic floral jewelry bases