Back Home <3 MN

So much has changed … you can follow the journey a little closer on Facebook and Instagram (@Ediflorial), but it turns out Minnesota is home.

Sometimes you have to move away and travel all over before you realize what feels best, and where you want to call home.

Thanks for you your encouragement and enthusiasm. Let’s see what happens next, together.

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Ediflorial @ Singing River Farm

BIG NEWS!

I relocated from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Rockingham, Vermont.

Singing River Farm is my new home. It is a 17-acre farm owned by Laurel Green and Steve Crofter. I met them and worked here for three weeks in 2015, and we have remained friends since then. They invited me to partner with them, and so, Ediflorial’s dream of being a seasonal, sustainable design company is coming to fruition!

As you likely know, I WWOOFed for a year all around the country, working the last 6 months on a flower farm in Madera, California (I get around.) I went back to MN and launched Ediflorial but was mildly heartbroken purchasing from the wholesaler.

On Singing River Farm, I am able to grow my own flowers. This will be my first season really growing anything of my own. It’s one thing to WWOOF on other farms and it’s another to head your own projects!

Singing River Farm is equipped with plenty of space, a market/delivery van, and even a cold storage room. More valuable than that, Laurel and Steve are both a wealth of knowledge, love and dedication to improving the planet. They are committed to dismantling racism, sexism and homophobia. The farm is operated in accordance with permaculture and organic methods.

They started a non-profit called CASP, the Community Asylum Seeker’s Project, and we can expect an asylum-seeking family from either El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala any time now, to move into a newly renovated apartment. I have to learn Spanish, like, yesterday!

Ediflorial is at a pivotal place. As I’ll be working off-farm a bit this summer (more on that later) and am brand new to the area, I am not planting a ton. Late summer and fall I hope to make some beautiful arrangements and wreaths with my very own crops. How special that will be! I hope to have a workshop schedule out soon.

My hope is to be operating fully as a farmer florist next season. I would like to focus primarily on weddings and events, exclusively with local flowers. The industry is undergoing an incredible shift towards small, sustainable operations, and I believe we can all work together to further propel the world into responsible beauty.

 

Say No to Toxic Floral Foam

Floral foam is widely used in the floral industry. It holds stems securely in place, opening up a wider range of design possibilities and offering extra structure and security.

It’s cancerous. And people are being exposed to it, directly through skin contact, on the regular.

“Oasis Floral Foam made by Smithers-Oasis of North America, is made of plastic that’s not biodegradable and it has some hazardous components, namely: Formaldehyde, Carbon black, Proprietarty Acid Catalysts, Proprietarty Sulfactant and Barium Sulfate.  The first two being known as carcinogenic.  The document also suggests that this foam may be irritating to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.  It also says that prolonged exposure to Formaldehyde and Carbon black may cause cancer.” You can read more on Gorgeous and Green Events.

WHY are people tolerating, purchasing and exposing their skin to this day after day?

Flowers are one of Mother Earth’s gift to us, beauty, delicacy and strength in one, purity–and we are pairing them with toxic chemicals that put all living things at risk. It just doesn’t make sense.

I have never, nor will I ever, use floral foam. My business is deeply rooted in environmentalism (like, duh, right?) and I strive to work with the natural process of life in every step of the way. Foam is an industry standard, but we can change that. Call your florists and ask them not to use it– it’s likely going to  directly harm them the most anyway.

Alternatives to foam include tape grids, branch clusters, reusable wire balls, marbles, sand, and floral frogs. See more on Ready Flowers.

Fun fact: I created an enormous centerpiece for a client’s Christmas table. I put it on a makeshift pedestal to photograph it and the ENTIRE THING FLIPPED EXACTLY ONTO IT’S HEAD! I knelt there in horror, frozen for a second while gallons of water flooded my kitchen. It was arranged in a large bowl as opposed to a vase, and I had made a tape grid. To my (very shocked and grateful) surprise, only two flowers broke and the tape held it all in place. I am forever in love with tape grids.

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**Be careful when using tape on “mercury” vessels. It took the pretty coating off the bowl below :/ Perhaps utilize the other options listed above in those cases.

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Flower Farming at Whole Systems Agriculture in California

If you didn’t know this already, I traveled for a year, farming in each corner of the country. I spent six months living and working on Whole Systems Agriculture* in Madera, a small town in the Central Valley of California, thirty minutes north of Fresno.

You can travel and farm, too! Check out WWOOF! 

*Whole Systems Agriculture is no longer taking Wwoofers.

flower club

the first rule of flower club is that you don’t talk about flower club.

just kidding.

please do!!

beautiful $40 bouquets custom designed and delivered* to you (or a recipient) once every month.

to keep the price point comfy, the date may fluctuate on this– for example, if you want to participate in bouquet of the month club so that you can gift Flowers to others on certain occasions (like, say, national gay uncle day: august 14), then it’s probably a good idea to have the bouquet delivered on that date this means other club members need to be flexible about the dates their arrangements are delivered. creating one bouquet at a time is much, much more costly than creating several. i can do that, but not for $40.

packages are available in three month bundles or more and can be purchased via paypal. please email amberkristinenewman@gmail.com or use the contact form on this website to sign up.

you can also give flower club as a gift. I will prepare a lovely, handmade certificate of flower love for you to give or can mail it to your lucky chosed reciepient.

remember: a club needs people, but as long as two or more people are in it, we’re good! three or ten would be fabulous, so tell your friends!

*only deliveries requiring more than a 30 min drive will incur an additional fee