How We're Farmer Advocates
Local Color Flowers is more than a green florist. We also strive to be a leader in the local industry as advocates for cut flower growers. Thriving small family farms and farmer start-ups are vital to our business. We can't fulfull our mission without them.
- Microfinance Lending - We are proud to offer small, short-term microfinance loans to our farmers. Since the program started in 2013, we have lent $5,400 to local farmers.
- Donations - We donate to farms and other endeavors to promote the local flower industry including Butterbee Farm, The Baltimore Farm Alliance, Slow Flowers, and Green Sinner.
- Volunteering - The Locoflo team volunteers time and labor to our growers by working on their farms!
- Farmer Start-Up Buying Promise - New farmers need assurance there is a market for their flowers. We have made promises to buy the entire initial seasonal harvest of sellable flowers from start-up farms including Butterbee Farm and The Hillen Homestead. We look forward to making this promise to other new start-up farms.
- Farm Promotion - We want our customers to know where their flowers come from. All of our single orders and wrapped bouquets are tagged with grower credits and local flower information. Our farmers also participate in our classes and book club. We're always looking for ways to connect our customers with the farmers.
- Business Mentorship and Crop Planning - As an MBA graduate and with over a decade of agriculture experience, Ellen advises new farmers, assists with business planning, and conveys customer trends and styles to growers.
- Speaking Engagements, Interviews and Media - Ellen and the LoCoFlo team express their support for the local flower industry through many media outlets including garden clubs talks, a radio interview, podcast interviews, speeches and panel discussions at ASCFG conferences, and more.
- LoCoFlo Flower Friends - We host and facilitate flower grower meetings for fellowship, networking and knowledge sharing.
- Buying 100% Local Flowers! - The best way we advocate for local flower farmers is to buy 100% local! Check out how our expenditures break down: 2013, 2012.