Roses, Carnations or Daisies

Where has 2015 gone?  Here we are 12 days into February already!  You know what that means, only 2 more days until Valentine’s Day or for those in the floriculture industry, the busiest day of the year.

Many people forget that flowers do not just appear in the pretty vases you find at your local florists shop. This industry is actually called Floriculture, which is a division of Horticulture, otherwise known as flower farming.   Floriculture as a whole had a wholesale value of almost $4.25 billion with 2,535 producers in the United States in 2013.  Not only do they cultivate flowering & ornamental plants for gardens and floristry, they also use plant breeding to develop new varieties of your favorite flower!

California is the largest producer of cut flowers in the US with 301 producers across the state.  These 301 producers create a ripple effect throughout the state that generates 19,000 jobs.  Their ideal growing climate gives the flowers exceptional quality due to variety, freshness, and the ability to hand- pick them year round.  Surprisingly, most flowers are sold within 24-48 hours of being in the field!  The most common flowers grown are Gerbera daisies, roses, tulips, mums, and lilies although many other exotic breeds also grow between San Diego and the Oregon border.  California alone grows enough flowers to make up 78% of the market with a value of $985 million.

So next time you go to your local florist to pick out the perfect flowers for that special someone or just to brighten your own day, remember that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to grow beautiful flowers.

Top 10 What’s Hot on the Culinary Front for 2015 from the National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association has released its list of What’s HOT on the Culinary Front for 2015:

1-  Locally sourced meat and seafood
2-  Locally grown produce
3-  Environmental sustainability
4-  Healthful kids’ meals
5-  Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
6-  New cuts of meat
7-  Hyper-local sourcing
8- Sustainable seafood
9-  Food waste reduction/management
10- Farm/estate branded items

If you are looking for assistance in developing a sustainability program for your farm, see items 3, 8, and 9 above, contact Praedium. We assist food producers in developing their farm-specific sustainability program. It’s tailored to your goals, needs and future!