Application: Bramble Hill
Did you know that most flowers you purchase these days are almost always from another country? The chemicals they use, the way in which they travel to the US are left to our imagination. The same goes with our food supply. According to the EPS less than 1% claim farming as an occupation. The interest in farming as a profession is becoming a lost art. Especially floraculture.
In a 2011 article in Smithsonian Magazine this quote stuck out:
“A 1981 survey of almost 9,000 flower workers by scientists from Colombia, France and Britain found that the work had exposed people to as many as 127 different chemicals, mostly fungicides and pesticides. (One incentive to use pesticides: the U.S. Department of Agriculture checks imported flowers for insects, but not for chemical residues.) A 1990 study by Colombia’s National Institute of Health (NIH) suggested that pregnant Colombian flower workers exposed to pesticides might have higher rates of miscarriages, premature births and babies with congenital defects.”
My dream and goal is to start an organic farm growing flowers and produce. Planting extra food for my community that may need an extra meal. Teaching/holding classes on the “how and why” we should all be paying close attention to our food supply and where it is sourced from and how to grow our own food. I would like to sell flowers, food and baked goods at the local Farmers Markets as well.
My biggest obstacle? Land. As a suburban girl each year I find myself asking friends and family for a patch of land to grow my garden on. I would love to have my very own piece of dirt with which to grow my dream.