Pioneering Efforts in Sustainable Flower Farming
January 03, 2023 | Social Impact
Innovative and environmentally sustainable farming ensures a better planet for future generations
Sustainable growing practices are core to every step of our farming process, ensuring healthy flowers and soil season after season. This requires the development of new and cutting-edge solutions, continuous testing and research, and a commitment to being good stewards of the land.
We have pioneered and developed an exclusive in-house bio-factory of fertilizers and nutrients, created from natural microorganisms. This has enabled an elimination of 80% of the use of chemical pesticides and 50% of fungicides.
A teacher and a leader in eco-friendly farming
We have a true commitment to social and environmental responsibility and strengthening the communities where we live and work.
Our farms are converting from chemical-based processes to natural based solutions to improve land and soil quality—continuing to protect crops using transformative efforts for our fresh flowers. It's also important for us to be a leader and a teacher in eco-friendly farming — leading by example in sustainable methods, and sharing our successes.
Natural methods protect and enrich the soil and plants. Farm solid waste and post-harvest materials are all used as compost for the soil so there is no waste—we recycle all crop materials; nothing is thrown away.
This practice also saves water as the compost keeps moisture in the soil. In addition, 100% of our wastewater is rescued and treated; and rainwater is captured, stored, and used to hydrate our crops — all improving water efficiency.
Reducing traditional pesticides and chemicals also helps our farmers. Eliminating exposure ensures a healthy work environment, and safer alternatives reduce the chance for injuries and illness.
The Colour Republic Bio-Factory was developed using three main elements:
- Microorganisms contain a great biodiversity of bacteria, fungus, yeast, and protozoans that are found in the very top layer of forest floors. These are like the probiotics for the soil, they bring the soil back to life which then maintains a natural life filled balance within the soil.
- Minerals are then used from the many rocks found in the volcanic soils rich from the Andes Mountains. This rock dust carries more than eighty different minerals which cannot be found in regular fertilizers on the market.
- Organic matter is created from all harvest and post-harvest waste from our farms. This matter is a natural fertilizer for our flower production.
Converting high production farms is no easy task
Fungi and insects present a real problem in flower farming. Ongoing research and testing help us to determine which methods are most effective and what chemicals we can cease using—protecting the flowers by using natural resources that make the soil as nutrient-rich as possible.
Using mostly natural resources that are created during the farming process results in well-balanced soil that is fertile and rich in nutrients. We produce 40 tons of proprietary and natural elements every week that are used to enrich the soil and to keep it free from disease and insects.
Our farms are Flor Ecuador certified which means we comply with strict guidelines of the safety and health of our employees, efficient management of our resources as well as the establishment of sustainable processes for the care of the environment. We are 100% compliant with the high-level labor standards in Ecuador that guarantees the well-being of our team. Our goal is to be a “Zero Carbon Farm,” measuring greenhouse gases to achieve neutrality by 2030.
It’s not easy to take a risk with our crops — to try and test new methods, especially on our farms which are all outdoors. It takes time, resources, and research, but we know it’s the right thing to do, and sharing our results is a large step forward for our entire industry.
Our founders have inspired a foundation of social and environmental commitment to our team, our customer partners, and the industry—changing not only the way our flowers are grown, but making a positive impact in the world. It is part of our DNA, and our life grows from the soil!
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