2016 was the year we first offered a Farm Internship. That year we welcomed four interns: Andrew (who has since become our Field Manager), Joshua, Miranda, and Betsy. Having owned a successful wellness business for 25 years, Betsy was ready for a career change and was drawn to learn to farm. Our internship is open to adults of all ages. Over the years we’ve had participants whose ages have ranged from 17 to 64. Betsy completed a two year internship before deciding to open her farm business. Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm is part of our Incubator Farm Program. We are pleased to announce that Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm is starting her second season of operation. She’s offering weekly or biweekly fresh flower bouquets for pick up at the Horn Farm.
Why buy local, organic flowers?
They Are Truly Local
Almost 80% of fresh flowers sold in the United States are not grown in North America, but in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Israel. Shipping flowers from those countries to the United States incurs huge transportation, energy, refrigeration, and storage costs, leaving an enormous carbon footprint. These floral materials often carry residue of chemical pesticides or fungicides.
They Are Truly Fresh
Imported flowers are often cut a week or more before they arrive in a customer’s hands. During this time, quality and vase life decline. Locally-grown flowers can be cut in the morning and on your dining room table that evening.
They Are Responsibly Grown
Betsy uses responsible farming methods like integrated pest management, diverse cropping systems, and low-input fertilization programs. Her farm encourages biodiversity, soil health, and water conservation.
They Smell Better
Many commodity-type flowers have been bred for uniformity to fit into a box, and the stem strength to hold up in that box for long-distance travel, usually losing their natural fragrance in the process. Locally-grown flowers are produced in greater varieties, providing a wide range of colors, forms, and scents.
They Support Small Farmers and the Local Economy
The production and sale of locally-grown cut flowers provides employment and contributes to a community’s economy.
They Make You Feel Better!
Flowers reduce stress and improve your mood. Flowers can be connected to a time, a place, a person, a season, an event. They have a story and you are part of it.
Shares are available on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Find our more and purchase your share at: Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm.
Here’s a note from Betsy regarding CSA membership for 2019:
Betsy’s Flowers will once again be offered on a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) platform. You buy a “share” upfront which helps me to buy my seeds and supplies. In return, you will receive 16 weeks of organically grown, fresh cut flower bouquets along with a Victorian “Language of Flowers” interpretation of your bouquet. Some of the flowers I’m growing this year are: Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cosmos, Dahlias, Ageratum, Lisianthus, and Snapdragons. Your bouquet will arrive in a Kraft paper sleeve, all ready for your favorite vase or jar!
Shares are available on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Weather permitting, the season will run from 6/15 – 10/5/19. There will be no flowers on 7/6/19.
The pick up time and location will be Saturdays from 9 am until noon at the Horn Farm Center, 4945 Horn Road, York, PA 17406
Cost for the Flower CSA:
Weekly Share – $350
Bi-weekly Share – $185
To sign up, visit my website at www.betsysflowers.org
If you prefer to pay by check, please make checks payable to:
Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm
and send to:
310 S. River Street
Harrisburg, PA. 17104
I am excited to share my flowers with you!
P.S. Subscriptions make great gifts and special order bouquets are always available by request!