At BeMyRose, as artists and artisans not only do we take pride in providing you with the biggest, brightest, longest-lasting flowers, but also in the sustainable and environmentally friendly practices that we implement to do so. Sustainability is one of our highest priorities and is part of what defines us a flower farm. Considering that other farms often neglect such methods our sustainable practices are something that truly separate us from the pack. As lovers of plants, our planet, and our people, we look after our environment with the same attention, care and delicacy as we do our flowers. From our ¨Pesticides Out¨ approach to our extra special soil treatment to our compost practice, we strive to look after our flowers, our environment, and YOU.
Everybody has their own way of taking care of the environment and now that Earth Day has arrived, we would like to share some ways that we do so. You don’t just have to read about them either, you can put them into practice yourself.
For us the use of harmful pesticides is completely restricted on our farms. Pesticides are very often effective killing any type of insect that may harm our plants, but at the same time they are very dangerous as they are capable of contaminating food, water, and air.
These harmful pesticides can cause many health issues such as cancer, birth defects, reproductive organ issues and so much more. Pesticides are rated and labeled according to their toxicity level. There are red pesticides, which are extremely dangerous and can have very hazardous effects, yellow pesticides, which are dangerous but not quite as toxic as the red ones, blue pesticides, which possess a very mild toxicity level, and finally, green pesticides, which are the safest and least harmful of all and are also the ONLY ones we use on our farms to fertilize our flowers.
We completely depend on our green biodegradables that are smarter, safer and officially certified by the World Health Organization.
If you thought that we only grew flowers, then you still have a lot to discover! We also produce certain teas utilizing our organic practices. Check out some of the teas we make, how they are useful to you and to our plants, and last but not least how they help us nurture the environment.
One of the most popular and well-known teas, chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments and also as an anti-inflammatory. Chamomile tea was used by Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians as a cure for wounds for faster healing due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. Chamomile also helps with diabetes, helps calm muscle spasms, and assists in fighting cancer. It also has organic purposes, being able to cure common illnesses of our plants.
The numerous health benefits of eucalyptus tea stem primarily from its powerful antiseptic oils. Some of its primary benefits include improving respiratory health, strengthening immune system, protecting skin health, and easing tension and anxiety. As many don’t know, this tea can be gargled to help soothe throat pain or infections and it can even be used as a mouthwash. This tea can even be rubbed on the chest to help relieve bronchitis, colds, and even symptoms of asthma.
Many people love mint tea simply for its taste but many don’t know of all the incredible benefits that this tea has. Mint plants contain a special antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid which is known for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms. Mint also contains menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to expel. Mint tea helps improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, boosts the immune system and also aids in weight loss.
The process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter know as green waste and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months.
Modern, methodical composting is a multi-step, closely monitored process with measured inputs of water, air, and carbon-and-nitrogen-rich materials. This decomposition process is aided by shredding the plant matter, adding water and ensuring proper aeration by regularly turning the mixture. Worms and other fungi work to further break up the material.
Compost is rich in nutrients. It is commonly used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways. It serves as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural and safe pesticide for soil.
Tibicos are a type of mushroom with a high content of bacteria and yeasts used to prepare some of the healthiest, probiotic drinks that exist. They are fundamental to prevent certain illnesses, optimize the absorption of nutrients, and last but not least used specifically to cure common ailments.
Such drinks are prepared with milk or water and adding sugar, allowing the tibicos to feed and reproduce. With such a high content of bacteria and yeasts, tibicos are very favorable to the immune and digestive systems with the ability to help cure things such as migraines, insomnia, dizziness, cardiac problems, asthma and even high cholesterol levels.
For example, Kefir water, which is one of the healthiest probiotic drinks, prepared with tibicos contains vitamins and minerals such as phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins B and C. It also contains antioxidants and healthy bacteria that assist in the function of the immune system. The microbes that are present in tibicos act in symbiosis to maintain a stable culture. Tibicos can do this in many different sugary liquids, feeding off the sugar to produce lactic acid alcohol and carbon dioxide gas, which carbonates the drink.
Some of the commonly-known benefits and cures of tibicos include; cures migraine and headache, cures insomnia and dizziness, prevents heart-related problems, controls cholesterol levels, regulates blood pressure, cures asthma, reduces phlegm, stops cough, and helps prevent cancer.
Recycling for us is more than a simple action, it is the value of the responsibility for preserving all natural resources. On our farms, all raw materials, also known as a feedstock or most correctly unprocessed material, are recycled.
For example, all organic material, left-over or not used at all, is left to ferment until decomposed, then becoming useful to put back into the earth to enrich the soil and serve as a fertilizer for our plants and flowers. Recycling is nothing complicated. It is something that everyone can put into practice by contributing in their own special way.
Even the small paper bags used to protect our flower petals from the strong sun are recycled.
Located in the highlands of Ecuador our farms have some of the richest volcanic soil in the world and with our eco-friendly practices we like to keep it that way. We realize how important it is to take care of the soil considering that we depend on it to produce world-premium flowers and that is why we take it to the next level.
With our extreme biologic control, one of our most effective methods, we make sure that our soil is always in the healthiest condition possible so we can produce top quality flowers.
Biologic control is the control of plagues and infestations, sicknesses, and weeds or undergrowth that consists of utilizing live organisms with the objective of controlling large populations of other harmful organisms, therefore purifying our soil and allowing our flowers to grow as they should. Obviously in our soil, there are a lot of unwanted insects that infest our soil and harm our plants and flowers. We have discovered that there are also a lot of insects that do a lot of good by killing the harmful ones. Here are a few.
Planet Earth is ours, it belongs to us, but many times we forget about that and do not treat it as such. Just like anything else, it requires special care, attention, and delicate maintenance. Earth Day only happens once a year and it is a perfect day to sit back, raise awareness, and reflect about all the things we can do and the ways we can chip in to support eco-friendly practices and promote sustainable products, like our flowers for example.
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