We grow specialty blooms using organic practices on our urban farm in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain. Most of the world’s flowers are grown overseas with large amounts of chemicals and arrive at your door days after harvest having traveled thousands of miles. These flowers have a huge carbon footprint and often don’t last very long once they arrive at your home. Instead, choose a chemical free, truly fresh and local option for your next bouquet of flowers.
My website: ellensflowers.com
Email me: [email protected]
$120.00 – $400.00
I grew up in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain developing deep ties to the Colorado Rockies. My sense of curiosity and adventure grew through family wilderness trips in Colorado’s diverse ecosystems. A degree in conservation biology helped me understand ecosystem dynamics and begin to develop ideas of how to make a positive impact on our world. In particular, I focused on pollination biology to understand how climate change could impact pollinator communities in Colorado’s wildflower capital, Crested Butte. This work made it clear that we must immediately make changes to the way we interact with the natural world, but I didn’t yet know how.
A background in rodeo and horse packing Ied me to work on ranches in WY and CA practicing regenerative agriculture. I learned that responsible grazing and farming techniques can improve the heath of the land. I began to see that agriculture was a concrete, hands on way to make positive changes to landscapes and our wider global climate.
After starting New Roots Farm with my childhood best friend and farming vegetables with her for two years, I found that flowers were my calling. The next season I started Ellen’s Flowers. I started small and hope to continue growing with each new season. I look forward to sharing flowers with you!
You shouldn’t have to worry about getting a dose of pesticides when you sniff a beautiful bouquet. Those same chemicals wreak havoc on the soil microbiota limiting the amount of nutrients available, while also killing off beneficial insect species that keep my flowers healthy. I value my health, your health and the health of the environment. For those reasons and more, no chemicals are ever used in the production of my flowers.
It all starts with soil microbe health. Healthy soil has been shown to lead to healthier plants. In cut flower production, this means bigger, more beautiful flowers. There are a couple of simple steps I take each season to insure that my soil stays healthy. I never use chemicals. I add carbon (soil microbe food) in the form of compost. I keep the soil covered for as long as possible and minimize soil disturbance (tilling) as much as possible. All of these steps help to encourage the growth of a healthy soil microbe community. A healthy microbial community makes nutrients bioavailable and retains more water in the soil, resulting in vibrant beautiful blooms!
When I cut flowers and make them into bouquets I take fertility away from our farm. It’s therefore critical to replace those lost nutrients with compost. Compost also feeds the soil microbes and keeps them happy and active. I partner with Nightingale Bread to take their organic food and milling waste to create compost. Bran, a byproduct of milling, is particularly effective at adding carbon and retaining moisture in the pile. The pile breaks down for 6-9 months until it is ready to spread.
Minimizing soil tillage is important because tilling breaks up little soil aggregates, or small clumps of soil, that microbes create. These aggregates create pockets of air within the soil that give the soil “structure” and allows water to infiltrate. They also help to retain water within the soil for longer, acting in a similar way to perlite. Mulching the soil surface enhances water retention while keeping soil temperatures low, reducing evaporation and creating a more hospitable environment for microbial life. All that is to say that tilling less and keeping soil covered leads to less water use, better soil structure and cooler soil temperatures.