Bloomia — international leader in the cut flower industry with farms on four continents — brings its US greenhouse operations in King George, Virginia, into the expanding Fair Food Program…
Just last week we shared news of the Fair Food Program’s expansion into a new state, as we welcomed Smoky Mountain Family Farms of Tennessee into the Fair Food fold.
And today comes the exciting news of Fair Food Program expansion into a new crop, with the addition of cut flower leader Bloomia to the growing roster of Fair Food Program farms!
For those of you not yet familiar with the tulip titan, here’s a quick description of the company’s extensive reach, and its widely-respected community efforts in the Washington, DC, area, from floraldaily.com:
Bloomia grows nearly 100 million flowers a year, including tulips (year-round) and peonies (seasonally) in 46 acres of temperature-controlled greenhouses. Most of the flowers are grown hydroponically in greenhouses equipped with biological control systems and incorporating precise techniques to avoid chemical use.
In addition to sustainability and energy-efficiency efforts, Bloomia believes in giving back. With initiatives like the Field of Tulips and The Bloomia Market, Bloomia and its customers have donated thousands of dollars to help communities in need through partners charities like DC Central Kitchen that aims to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.
Bloomia farm manager and director Werner Jansen shared a statement on the company’s decision to partner with the Fair Food Program, recently recognized as the gold standard for social responsibility in the agricultural industry:
Whole Foods, a longtime purchaser of Bloomia flowers and Participating Buyer in the Fair Food Program, also weighed in on the news:
We are excited for the opportunity to work with a company like Bloomia, and to establish the Fair Food Program’s presence in the cut flower industry. Bloomia’s reputation as a leader in both the marketplace and the community makes it the perfect partner for the Fair Food Program, and we look forward to growing together in the months and years ahead.