At Molly Oliver Flowers, we like to source flowers as close to home as possible: we do this to ensure the healthiest and most enchanting flowers for your event, to reduce (y)our carbon footprint, and to support small farmers who are breathing new life into our agricultural economy, stewarding our land in an ecological manner, and building community.
That means sourcing flowers from an inspiring community of NYC-based and regional flower growers, including the farms Deborah and I manage, The Youth Farm in Crown Heights and East New York Farms! in Brooklyn.
The Youth Farm and East New York Farms! are non-profit organizations and serve as fertile teaching ground for youth and adults. New farmers, young and old, come to be trained in organic growing practices, as well as to become leaders and educators in their communities on a range of food justice – related topics. When you work with us, you get to support these important community initiatives working to increase social justice and sustainability for the environment.
Scroll further down for links to the other NYC-based and regional farms we choose to support when arranging flowers for your event. Each of these farms is keeping the dream of a once-again vibrant flower farming industry alive. We salute our mentors and thank them for the hard work they do growing flowers as sustainably as possible.
NYC FARMS WE SOURCE FROM:
THE YOUTH FARM Crown Heights, Brooklyn
The Youth Farm is an educational production farm in Crown Heights that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows organic food and flowers on one acre for the community and beyond, and offers advanced farm training and leadership opportunities for youth and adults.
EAST NEW YORK FARMS! East New York, Brooklyn
The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development. East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents.
THE BROOKLYN GRANGE Long Island City and Brooklyn Navy Yard
Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grow over 40,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and we partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.
QUEENS COUNTY FARM MUSEUM Glen Oaks, Queens
The Queens County Farm Museum dates back to 1697 and occupies New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. The farm encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard, and an herb garden.
AMAZING REGIONAL FARMS WE SOURCE FROM:
RISE AND ROOT FARM Chester, NY
Rise and Root “is a cooperatively run farm in the black dirt region of Orange County, New York. Their farm team is made of strong women, teachers, leaders, students, and growers. The ladies of Rise and Root grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs using sustainable growing techniques, never using chemical pesticides or herbicides on our farm.” Instead, they focus “on building up a healthy ecosystem and restoring balance to the land.”
ROCKSTEADY FARM AND FLOWERS Millerton, NY
Rock Steady Farm & Flowers “believes in utilizing holistic and sustainable farming practices that allow them to grow high quality vegetables, flowers and herbs for our community. As a for-profit farm business, and worker-owned cooperative, the RFF team strives to provide living wages for ourselves and our employees. RFF celebrates nourishing a community diverse in age, ethnicity, sexuality, economic background and cultural heritage in our region.”
ROSE MEADOW FARM East Patchogue, NY
Rose Meadow Farm is a local CSA Farm that grows flowers and vegetables for the community. Rose Meadow Farm comes to the Union Square Greenmarket 3-4 times/week.
BEAR CREEK FARM, Stanfordville, NY
Bear Creek Farm cultivates over 80 varieties of dahlias, with plans to expand in the coming years with fields of white peonies. Bear Creek “embraces sustainable farming practices and sees its business as a way to keep rural economies and properties thriving.”
BATTENFELD’S ANEMONE FARM Red Hook, NY
Battenfeld’s Anemone Farm ships wholesale and retail all over the world, direct from its Red Hook farm, in the historic New York Hudson River Valley. The long-stemmed anemones at Battenfeld’s are hand-picked, then individually graded, and carefully packed under the watchful eye of Fred Battenfeld, a fourth-generation farmer who has been developing and growing these remarkable flowers for forty years.
DUTCHMILL GARDEN Gloucester County, New Jersey
Bringing a bounty of local fresh-cut flowers grown with the utmost care since 1986 to the city’s denizens, nature permitting. Owned and operated under the green thumbs of Ana & Vas Tudorof.
STOKES FARM Old Tappan, New Jersey
Stokes Farm is a 17-acre family farm in Old Tappan, New Jersey. Founded in 1873, we are your local source for bedding plants, asparagus, strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more! 6th generation farmer Ron Binaghi, Jr. and his family welcome you to our web site!
FANTASTIC GARDENS OF LONG ISLAND Patchogue, L.I., NY
Every Spring, Union Square fills up with flowers. Farms across New York State offering a diverse selection of herbs, flowers and small shrubs. It’s also the perfect place to find unique plants for your window boxes. One of our favorites growers is Fantastic Gardens of Long Island. They have a huge selection of hard-to-find flowering plants and cacti. You’ll find them in the park on Thursdays and Fridays (April-December). Or, in Patchogue, Long Island where this family-run business operates 3 acres of greenhouses.