First it was slow food - now there’s a new movement blooming
You bring home a bunch of flowers from the florist, pop them on the table and breath in their scent. How would you feel if you knew they’d been coated in pesticide before they reached you?
Avoiding the toxic chemicals commonly sprayed on cut flowers is just one of the reasons Hannah Robertson started her business, Our Little Flower Farm, which specialises in growing and supplying local, sustainable, seasonal and organic flowers, including old varieties such as zinnias and cosmos, dahlias and snapdragons.
Based on a small river side farm in the village of Coraki, Our Little Flower Farm sells direct to the public from The Velvet Star Salon on Byron St in Bangalow in a little pop up flower box and sells to order and direct to floral designers. Hannah has also recently started to provide flowers for weddings, events and bars.
Hannah says there is a growing collective of flower growers who are adopting slow flower principles and using organically based growing methods to produce quality cut flowers.
“We build on the health of the soil profile and encourage healthy insect activity, we use recycled materials and reusable growing supports and we ensure we support local business where ever possible. We sell locally to reduce travel miles and have recently collaborated with other local flower growers to create the Northern Rivers Flower Farmers Collective. We believe that by supporting each other and establishing a presence in this region it will encourage florists and the general public to choose sustainably grown flowers and to start asking about the origin of their flowers,” Hannah says.
“Sustainably grown flowers are available within a day or two of being harvested, they are not coated in chemical pesticides and are therefore healthier to have in your home or to use in bridal bouquets or even on your food. When you buy from a local producer you are supporting a family and not the import trade, the statistics of which are both mind blowing and often ethically dubious.”
Come spring this year, Hannah will run her first course, teaching the basics of growing quality cut flowers from the garden.
“It will run over two days and we aim to offer people the opportunity to develop confidence to sow seeds and enjoy the beauty of flowers everyday,” Hannah says.
■ Our Little Flower Farm is on Instagram and Facebook
Coraki slow flower grower Hannah Robertson