Certified American Grown Flowers is sponsoring the 50th Annual Sylvia Cup Design Competition, the longest running, live, national floral industry design competition.

The event will be held Sept. 9, 2017, during the Society of American Florists (SAF) 2017 convention in Palm Beach, Florida.

Designers compete in front of a live audience during the annual competition.

During the competition, the nation’s best floral designers are given the same flowers (all American Grown), foliage and design supplies and have just two hours to create a design.

Grand prize winners receive $3,000, the Sylvia Cup trophy, recognition at the Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner and complimentary registration to the next SAF convention. Two runners-up receive $500 and $250 respectively, an award plaque and recognition at the awards dinner.

The next stop for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner tour is Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia, on October 8. With every stop so far on this year’s tour sold out, it’s not too soon to save your seat.

 

[Click to watch video of Hope Flower Farm] The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner will kick off a week of flower filled festivities at Hope Flower Farm in October. Make sure you save your seat today!

Hope Flower Farm covers 25 lush acres deep in the Northern Virginia rural landscape. The historic site was once a working dairy farm and has several impressive barns and a stone Quaker house dating back to 1820.

 

Holly Chapple, founder of the collective of designers known as the Chapple Designers, will be hosting the next American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in October. Click to save your seat today!


The farm is the brainchild of Holly and Evan Chapple and is a place where American Grown Flowers, creativity and relationships are celebrated, as well as being a playground for floral design and teaching.

 

Attend the Field to Vase Dinner and be transported by the historic charm of the grounds at Hope Flower Farm as you dine on a four-course artisanal meal paired with local wine, craft beer and a signature cocktail.

 

A former dairy farm, Hope Flower Farm now plays hosts to floral design workshops, events and the next American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in October.

 

Holly, both farmer and designer, will grace dining tables with her floral designs, bringing her signature style that’s been called “Hollyish,” in other words, wistful, sophisticated and stylish.

 

Also included are a pre-dinner reception, farm tour and a floral design demonstration.

 

Reserve your seat today!

 

Certified American Grown Flowers is celebrating its third anniversary!

The largest consumer facing brand of its kind in the floral industry, the Certified American Grown brand can be found on the sleeves of flowers throughout the United States all year long.

The Certified American Grown program was launched July 1, 2014, to help educate the buying public on the importance of the origin of their flowers. After all, a consumer research study recently found that 74 percent of people had no idea where the flowers they purchased where grown, yet 58 percent of them would prefer to buy homegrown blooms if given the choice.

The Certified American Grown Flowers brand represents a unified and diverse coalition of U.S. flower farms, including small and large entities in multiple states across the country. The group now certifies hundreds of millions of stems of flowers each year, guaranteeing consumers that the flowers they are purchasing were grown in the U.S.

Certified American Grown flower farms participate in an independent, third-party supply-chain audit to verify both origin and assembly of the flowers they grow.

Branded sleeves make it easy for consumers, designers and florists to quickly identify Certified’s homegrown bloom guarantee.

When it appears on bouquets, bunches and other packaging or store signage, the Certified American Grown logo gives consumers confidence in the source of their flowers and guarantees that the flowers they purchase were grown by an American flower farming family.

Last month, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating July as “American Grown Flowers Month.”

Co-sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50), Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Rep. Don Young (AK-1), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02), and Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49), House Resolution 413 declares July as the month to celebrate the economic and cultural impact of America’s cut flower and greens farmers and demonstrate Congress’ commitment to support America’s flower farming families.

Click to watch Congressman Carbajal introduce the resolution onto the House floor.

Congressman Carbajal spoke from the House Floor, introducing the legislation and encouraging fellow members of Congress to support American Grown Flowers Month.

“I have seen firsthand the value the cut flower industry adds to our economy and communities during my visits with our Central Coast growers,” said Rep. Carbajal. “California produces three-quarters of all cut flowers grown in the United States. I am committed to recognizing their contribution by designating July as American Grown Flowers Month, in order to celebrate the beauty this industry brings to our homes and celebrations year-round.”

Flower farmers rallied in Washington, D.C. earlier this year to advocate for America’s flower farming families.

It’s a movement that’s gained tremendous traction in recent years as consumers become more and more concerned about the origin of the products they bring home.

“Origin matters,” explains consumer advocate Debra Prinzing, author of the book Slow Flowers and member of the Certified American Grown Council. “As the founder of American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4), I have witnessed a profound culture shift in flower buying in the United States. Like the slow food movement, more and more Americans are looking for a better and more sustainable choice when buying their flowers.”

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Lisa Murkowski introduced a similar measure in the Senate.

 

Great social media support throughout the month of July came from farms, flower lovers and industry partners like Syndicate Sales.

California is the largest producer of cut flowers and greens in the United States, providing almost 80 percent of domestic production and approximately $300 million in farmgate value. But these flowers aren’t being grown on corporate farms or by multi-national conglomerates. These flowers come from family farms, dedicated to the craft of growing flowers, in some cases, for more than six generations.

 

Sun Valley proudly displays the “CA Grown” logo on their bunches of iris.


With growing consumer interest in where products, like our food (and flowers), are coming from, the CCFC has been telling the stories of many of the state’s flower farmers through a story-telling series called “California Growing.”

 

The articles highlight family farms, their flowers and their continuing commitment to grow, develop and expand their operations to meet the increasing demand for flowers grown here in the  U.S.

 

This collection of stories provides great examples of investments California flower farmers are making in growing their farms and increasing production – and their bullish outlook on their future ahead.

 

Read, and relish, the stories here. We know you’ll be impressed by what flower farmers are up to.

Guests enjoying an evening of great food, wine and flowers during our American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in Homer, Alaska.

With five of the seven 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinners in the books, planning has begun for the 2018 tour.

Certified American Grown Flowers recently put out a call for farms who would like to host a pop-up dinner in their flower fields for the 2018 season, the fourth year of the tour.

Would you like to be a part of the 2018 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour? Let us know by filling out an application today and click on the link above!

 

Stay tuned for details on where the tour will head in 2018! We may be coming to a city near you!

Kendall Farms

Fallbrook, California

Visitors to the Kendall Farms website learn instantly there’s a key word this farming family has an affinity for. “Obsessed.”

It’s right there in the “About Us” section: Kendall Farms is a family owned and operated business, obsessed with growing the finest flowers and greens in the most conscientious way. Seriously, we’re obsessed.

Flower farmers Jason and Danielle Kendall are applying that obsession to several new initiatives – programs and processes that both expand what they’re offering to consumers and create efficiencies that allow them to meet ever-increasing consumer demand.

“We’re going 100 miles an hour in 100 directions,” Jason explains. “We’ve been in total growth mode over the past year. We see great opportunities with California Grown Flowers and Certified American Grown Flowers.” (more…)