I have really appreciated seeing the extra effort by members of this year’s flower farmer delegation in Washington, D.C., who returned home and began to share their experiences with others via social media and newsletters. Most notably, Michael Genovese of Summer Dreams Farm in Michigan has spent the last several days sharing with his followers on Instagram and Facebook what it was like to go to Washington as a flower farmer and work with other flower farmers to advance the interests and opportunities for American Grown Flowers.
Frank and Pamela Arnosky of Texas Specialty Cut Flowers also shared their experience, emailing their friends, family and customers about their efforts in Washington and receiving an overwhelming positive response in return.
All of this sharing and posting helps highlight just how important this effort is. It also helps spread the important message that elected officials need to hear from America’s flower farmers: “origin matters.” Whether it is to support local jobs, retain the generational intelligence of our American flower farmers, share improved sustainability efforts or to simply ensure that farmers can compete fairly with imported flowers from South America, highlighting the benefits of American Grown Flowers makes a difference.
I’m beyond inspired by all of the extra efforts by our farms. I’ll continue to post about the trip, sharing photos and highlighting the issues we are working to address on behalf of America’s flower-farming families.