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Flower Bouquet

$15.00

Bouquets contain between 15-21 stems of unique seasonal flowers and foliage. Flowers are grown on an urban farm located at the Chester Housing Authority. While at the farm, these pesticide-free flowers attract a host of pollinators and beautify their urban surroundings. In your home they will bring beauty, joy and wonderful scents.

Description: These pesticide-free flowers are harvested by the children of Ruth Bennett Community Farm that help grow them through the season. The small bouquets contain between 18-21 stems of unique seasonal flowers and foliage. The flowers are grown right in Chester on a two-acre community farm on vacant land at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes created by the Chester Housing Authority (CHA).

Examples: 
A bouquet in June might include Snapdragons, cosmos, calendula, nigella, bachelor’s buttons, feverfew, and a variety of interesting foliage, including herbs.

A bouquet in July and August might include Dahlias, sunflowers, celosia, zinnias, amaranth, daucus, marigolds, strawflower, and a variety of interesting foliage, including herbs.

Why support pesticide-free flowers?
While many consumers value organic produce for health and environmental benefits, they might not realize the importance of buying chemical-free flowers as well. Many flowers are imported from other countries and are doused in toxic chemicals to prevent against pests and disease, as well as preserve flowers during shipping overseas. These chemical pesticides harm workers and kill pollinators. In addition, chemical residue remains even as the flowers sit on your table.

By contrast, local flowers that are grown without pesticides greatly contribute to the local ecosystem. At Ruth Bennett Community Farm, we’re proud that our pesticide-free flowers attract a host of pollinators, like bees, butterflies, and birds. They also help beautify their urban surroundings. And they just make us happy.

To maximize vase life for flowers:

- Change water daily, and make sure you fill the vase to the top. All stems should be submerged.
- Remove dead or wilting leaves from the arrangement.
- Cut stems at an angle every few days to allow flowers to absorb more water.
- Flowers last longer under cool conditions. Avoid placing the bouquet in direct sunlight.

If the above instructions are followed, bouquets should last at least a week. Some flowers may fade sooner than others, and those can be removed to keep the bouquet looking fresh.

Ruth Bennett Community Farm

Ruth Bennett Community Farm is an educational farm and environmental center currently managed by Natania Schaumburg. Recognizing the need for greater food security and environmental health over the past decade, the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) created a two-acre community farm on vacant land at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes. We are dedicated to improving access to nutrient-dense foods at affordable prices to Chester residents. We seek to promote a thriving and diverse environmental ecosystem for community members to enjoy. Almost half of what we grow at our farm is flowers, and we provide cut flower production training to beginning farmer training participants in Philadelphia. Why support pesticide-free flowers? While many consumers value organic produce for health and environmental benefits, they might not realize the importance of buying chemical-free flowers as well. Many flowers are imported from other countries and are doused in toxic chemicals to prevent against pests and disease, as well as preserve flowers during shipping overseas. These chemical pesticides harm workers and kill pollinators. In addition, chemical residue remains even as the flowers sit on your table. By contrast, local flowers that are grown without pesticides greatly contribute to the local ecosystem. At Ruth Bennett Community Farm, we’re proud that our pesticide-free flowers attract a host of pollinators, like bees, butterflies, and birds. They also help beautify their urban surroundings. And they just make us happy.

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