Location: Pastures of Plenty, Boulder, Co
Featuring: Lyle, the Accidental Farmer, and Joel, the farmworker
Organic flowers, like the pictured Black-eyed Susans, don't use any artificial or chemically derived nutrients, pesticides or herbicides. Only minimal use of organic approved herbicides and pesticides are applied.
Farmer Lyle was raised in NY’s Hudson Valley. His father subscribed to Organic Garden Magazine in the 50's. When he bought this land in Boulder, he didn’t intend to start a market farm. It just happened. Now they grow over a hundred varieties of flowers and vegetables on 35 acres.
Why should flowers be organically grown if they aren't going to be eaten? Lyle says that conventional flower production requires the same chemical inputs (herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides) used in conventional agriculture. Because flowers aren’t eaten, workers in this industry are subjected to some of the worst human rights violations, not to mention environmental pollution, hence his decision to go organic.