Could Foodies Save American Flower Growers?
Edible flowers may revive a once strong local industry.
This May the Horticultural Society of New York held their annual Urban Agriculture Conference and to my surprise the biggest takeaway was a frank assessment of the decimated American flower industry by keynote speaker George Ball, Chairman and CEO of seed company Burpee. Over the past 25 years, the US has come to import over 80% of cut flowers, typically from Colombia, Europe, and other countries more than 3,000 miles away. California alone only has 225 flower farms today compared to over 500 in 1991.