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    Hi all,

    Happy new year! Today I want to share what the term CSA means, as you might start to hear it more as more cut flower farmers and growers take up the concept.

    CSA stands for 'community supported agriculture'.

    Consumers interested in well-grown produce pay up front for a portion of their local farmer's output that season, and over the year will receive goods periodically.

    For example, with a flower CSA, the consumer purchases a certain number of bouquets to be received over a certain period of time. They can go a few weeks without receiving a bouquet if they don't need one (heresy!), but then collect one a week for a few weeks if there are a string of birthdays or events to buy for (or if they just want a treat).

    In short, it is a simple yet radical way to take control and ownership of the British cut flower industry, and addresses big problems we're facing - for example, lack of transparency in where flowers have come from (country of origin labelling for flowers is not yet a legal requirement - and over 90% of flowers sold in the UK are grown overseas), how sustainably the flowers have been grown, and the long-term environmental and economical effects of their production.

    By purchasing a CSA with your local cut flower farmer, you are intentionally choosing who to directly support. By keeping things local, you have more control over exactly what you're buying and consuming. Such a simple and wonderful idea.



  2. Buttonholes for Nic and Dave's party- image ©

    Nic and Dave got married on a beautifully sunny day at Brighton Town Hall in September 2020. They are an amazing couple, with such resilience in the face of all that covid brought this year.

    Nic and Dave, just married! image ©

    They had a ceremony with 8 guests (as mandated by the registry office!), went on to have drinks at Hixon Green, and then a meal at The Ginger Pig in Hove.

    Nic and Dave outside Brighton Town Hall image ©

    So many beautiful details made up their day, including handmade masks with their initials stamped on, secret unexpected speeches, bubble confetti and a magical heirloom brooch for Nic's bouquet, gifted from Dave's mum.

    Autumnal bouquet image ©

    Nic was a super relaxed bride to work with, and requested a bouquet with autumnal copper and white tones, flowing foliage and a generally rustic vibe. Her bridesmaids' bouquets were to be a smaller version of her own bouquet. On seeing these photos I was so chuffed to see how well their dresses blended with the bouquets!

    Bride and bridesmaids Brighton Town Hall image ©

    Nic's maid of honour was sadly unable to attend due to living in Tokyo, but in the week leading up to the wedding she sent some flowers to Nic from a local company. I used the roses from her gift bouquet in Nic's bridal bouquet so that she could feel her maid of honour's presence even though she was on the other side of the world.

    Nic and Dave under the pier image ©

    Such dreamy photos, and SUCH dreamy weather! At this time of year, dahlias are in full swing so Nic's bouquet had a variety of different types and colours. Her foliages were eucalpytus, grasses and smoke bush. All her flowers (except her MoH's roses) were grown in Sussex.

    Groomsmen and buttonholes image ©

    The buttonholes were mainly white roses and foliage, with a little hint of autumn in the shape of a copper statice, ruby astrantia or bunny tails (one of my favourite dried grasses!) They were wrapped in twine and delicate copper ribbon.

    MIL's special buttonhole image ©

    I was left with one special orangey copper rosebud after doing the bouquets - so Dave's mum got a special buttonhole!

    Nic and Dave on Brighton Beach image ©

    Overall it looked like the perfect day, and it was a total honour to work with this beautiful couple. Wishing them many many happy years ahead!

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