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Show The Environment and Farmers Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Show The Environment and Farmers Some Love This Valentine’s Day

For something meaningful for your loved ones and our planet, think about the choices you make this Valentine’s Day. Why not try a non-traditional, non-chemical laden approach to those traditional flowers? And, when you toast the love you share, consider doing it over organic or biodynamic wine.

 

Supporting organic flower and wine growers will not only encourage them to continue to farm in a way that is good for the environment, but it will provide them with the support they need so they can continue to farm sustainably and encourage others to do the same. A few years ago, it used to be difficult to find affordable, quality organic flowers. Today, that’s not the case as organic flower companies are working hard to transform the $20 billion retail floral industry by eliminating the toxic chemicals that are commonly used to grow flowers and satisfying an increasing market demand for organic flowers.

One of the leaders and pioneers in the organic flower market is Organic Bouquet. This California-based company ships organic, sustainably grown, fresh-cut flowers and bouquets to customers and retail outlets across the United States, including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Markets, and Wild Oats Markets. They also sell organic flowers directly online to consumers via their website, and were the first online organic florist.

If you are out shopping and aren’t sure if the flowers you are buying are organic, look for the Veriflora certification label. This is an independent, eco-certification designed to help growers who want to switch to organic and sustainable agriculture by reducing chemical use, and adhering to other principles including social responsibility, worker’s rights standards, water conservation, waste management, and ecological resource conservation. Now that you have taken care of the flowers, what about that wine you are drinking during that romantic dinner? Shouldn’t it also be good for you and the planet? Just as with flowers, there are now plenty of great organic and biodynamic wine choices.

But, what makes a wine organic? Basically, 100 percent organically certified wine is a wine made completely from organically grown grapes and without any added sulfites. Some growers are even going beyond organic to biodynamic. Not only is biodynamic wine 100 percent organic, but these growers also strive to be self-sustaining while working closely with the natural ecosystem.

California’s Frey Vineyards was the first winery in the United States to produce biodynamic wines. The grapes grown for their biodynamic wines are grown in accordance with the Biodynamic certification agency the Demeter Association, whose standards are stricter than organic standards and emphasize farm animals, soil, and compost preparations that enhance plant growth and fertility.

You can find more organic flower growers by visiting Local Harvest. And, learn about other organic and biodynamic wineries from the Organic Wine Journal or checking out Fork and Bottles comprehensive list.

Supporting organic flower and wine growers will not only encourage them to continue to farm in a way that is good for the environment, but it will provide them with the support they need so they can continue to farm sustainably and encourage others to do the same. A few years ago, it used to be difficult to find affordable, quality organic flowers. Today, that’s not the case as organic flower companies are working hard to transform the $20 billion retail floral industry by eliminating the toxic chemicals that are commonly used to grow flowers and satisfying an increasing market demand for organic flowers.

One of the leaders and pioneers in the organic flower market is Organic Bouquet. This California-based company ships organic, sustainably grown, fresh-cut flowers and bouquets to customers and retail outlets across the United States, including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Markets, and Wild Oats Markets. They also sell organic flowers directly online to consumers via their website, and were the first online organic florist.

If you are out shopping and aren’t sure if the flowers you are buying are organic, look for the Veriflora certification label. This is an independent, eco-certification designed to help growers who want to switch to organic and sustainable agriculture by reducing chemical use, and adhering to other principles including social responsibility, worker’s rights standards, water conservation, waste management, and ecological resource conservation. Now that you have taken care of the flowers, what about that wine you are drinking during that romantic dinner? Shouldn’t it also be good for you and the planet? Just as with flowers, there are now plenty of great organic and biodynamic wine choices.

But, what makes a wine organic? Basically, 100 percent organically certified wine is a wine made completely from organically grown grapes and without any added sulfites. Some growers are even going beyond organic to biodynamic. Not only is biodynamic wine 100 percent organic, but these growers also strive to be self-sustaining while working closely with the natural ecosystem.

California’s Frey Vineyards was the first winery in the United States to produce biodynamic wines. The grapes grown for their biodynamic wines are grown in accordance with the Biodynamic certification agency the Demeter Association, whose standards are stricter than organic standards and emphasize farm animals, soil, and compost preparations that enhance plant growth and fertility.

You can find more organic flower growers by visiting Local Harvest. And, learn about other organic and biodynamic wineries from the Organic Wine Journal or checking out Fork and Bottles comprehensive list.

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11:23PM PST on Feb 9, 2010

Thanks for the information, Judi.

6:13AM PST on Feb 9, 2009

I think it is amazing that we have all these options.
I buy organic as much as I possibly can. I am working on becoming completely organic not the easiest thing especially considering my financial situation. I just wish that everyone out there who can afford it would at least look into becoming organic. WE are running out of time. What are we leaving our future generation

2:51AM PST on Feb 9, 2009

And what about an organic living plant? ;)

3:06PM PST on Feb 8, 2009

We don't need all those chemicals on flowers. Also, we don't need the chemicals on our food or in the ground which effects our water we drink.

10:23AM PST on Feb 7, 2009

This is a great article! So glad to know this information.

3:00PM PST on Feb 6, 2009

I LOVE organic wine! It makes the act of wine tasting even more fun. Thank you for these great resources!

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