I am to committed to sustainable, ecological and organic farming and growing quality flowers.
Bluma Farm works to protect the soil, support biological diversity, practice water conservation, and conservation tillage.
SUPPORT LOCAL SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
I am also committed to helping revitalize local agriculture. I hope by moving my farm to the city I can also invite more people to come visit and see what I do!
By growing flowers Bluma is supporting vast numbers of pollinators and insects that come to feed on the nectar and pollen. Flowers are an integral part of our ecological system especially to support our diverse populations of pollinators and insects. Bluma is preserving biodiversity by growing over 60 varieties of plants. I also hope to preserve some of our seed heritage by growing flowers out to seed.
By selling flowers I can bring the abundance and beauty of flowers to everyone. By buying Bluma’s flowers you are supporting local, organic agriculture and helping to sustain biodiversity!
In starting Bluma Farm I hope to bring local organic flowers into more people’s lives. Often people think of flowers as something for special occasions but I hope to bring flowers into people’s lives not just as a celebration of a specific event but also a weekly invitation to enjoy flowers in the home or workplace.
BLUMA FARM IS COMMITTED TO CREATING COMMUNITY AROUND LOCAL AGRICULTURE.
With Bluma Farm I hope to connect urban dwellers with my farm and with the wider Bay Area farming communities. Now I will be in the city! I hope to share with my customers my love of plants and farming and get other people excited about what and how I grow the flowers. I hope to encourage people to grow their own flowers and vegetables wherever they have room, in boxes and windows, and in the nooks and crannies created by city life. I hope to extend and create excitement for local organic agriculture and growing plants, both flowers and food! I hope my business and farm can be a model for other growers who wish to start their own farms or gardens. I hope to teach farming to young and old alike and employ people interested in a career in agriculture.
Flowers no doubt make people happy. We give flowers on special occasions, on celebrations, and on more somber gatherings. People bring flowers to those in need of love and support. As well, flowers offer a basic need in many peoples lives- beauty, scent, relaxation. Flowers also represent giving and an act of kindness. Flowers can offer everyone a moment away from the stresses that life can bring. Flowers are essential to life, whether or not you choose to buy bouquets or simply enjoy them as they grow outside.
Flowers are also essential to the health of our planet. Offering food and shelter to insects, pollinators, and the like. Flowers bring us most of our food crops, either in the form of seeds or fruit. Even when we don't eat the fruit or seeds it is flowers and seeds that continue the cycle of most of our food plants.
I remember one of my teachers, Steve Stuckey reflecting on one of his farm mentors, Harry Roberts, who said something like, there are always flowers around us just look beneath your feet. More often than not those flowers beneath our feet might be what we call the weedy flowers, maybe the dandelions, grasses, and clovers. I appreciate this idea- flowers are everywhere we go. I bring this philosophy into my work growing cut flowers and designing bouquets.
I remember another occasion where a teacher mentioned how in some traditions it was commonplace to gather flowers for the elder generation who could no longer go out and experience them. I hope to continue this tradition and provide flowers to those who can no longer go out themselves and see them.
I helped take care of my Grandma Adele Silber who lived to be 98. I would always try and bring Adele a bouquet of flowers either from my fields or something I found growing on the sidewalk outside her Grandmother’s place in Oakland.
Flowers provide many metaphors on life. On another occasion a muralist and activist in Mexico remarked to me and a group of students something like, "In life, we can try to do our best, and in the process leave flower petals behind us for others to enjoy. And then we leave, but we have left behind flowers."