OUR GUIDING PRINCIPALS
Grow flowers using traditional organic farming methods & safe sustainable techniques.
Harvest flowers at their peak when they are seasonally available to reflect the natural rhythm, beauty & awe of nature.
Lindell Flower Farm practices organic farming methods & sources all seed & plant material with great care. We are not yet certified organic, but are working toward meeting the criteria as we make our way through our next season. We use only OMRI [Organic Materials Review Institute] certified fertilizers such as those sourced from fresh North Atlantic fish. Amendments are applied only as prescribed by soil tests & we even source our organic compost locally.
We are currently about 50% no-till! What’s no-till you ask?
No-till farming (also called zero tillage or direct drilling) is a way of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage. No-till is an agricultural technique which increases the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil and increases organic matter retention and cycling of nutrients in the soil. In many agricultural regions it can reduce or eliminate soil erosion. It increases the amount and variety of life in and on the soil, including disease-causing organisms and disease suppression organisms. The most powerful benefit of no-tillage is improvement in soil biological fertility, making soils more resilient. Farm operations are made much more efficient, particularly improved time of sowing and better trafficability of farm operations. —Wikipedia
This photo is a close-up of a freshly drilled planting hole created by our earth auger; With the overall structure of the soil intact & only holes for planting created, you’ll see a greater number of healthy beneficials, like this little earth worm:
Lindell Flower Farm proudly supports the growing movement to localize the flower industry.
Did you know 80% of flowers sold in the U.S. are imported? Or that 58% of American farmers have gone out of business in the past 20 years. Flowers sold stateside should be grown domestically to support the local economy & agricultural communities. Why buy imported florals when you can support a local flower farmer?
80% of flowers sold at grocery stores & florists are “Factory Flowers” grown thousands of miles away, most likely from Columbia. Columbia’s government & industry regulations on chemicals are not as strict as the U.S. & are hardly sustainable. Imported flowers are usually treated with high quantities of insecticides to meet the U.S. Customs requirement of pest-free botanicals. The transit of the imported plants creates heaps of trash including boxes, plastics, rubber bands, packaging paper, tape, etc… The carbon footprint is much higher than the local, sustainable alternative.
So, next time you purchase flowers, consider your local flower farmer — we love growing flowers for you!