Last weekend we visited a flower farm located a few hours away from Nairobi. The farm, Wildfire Flowers, grows three types of flowers and ships them worldwide. The farm’s biggest export countries are Japan, Ireland, and France. I’ve never visited a flower farm, and it was so interesting to see how the flowers went from farm to factory to packing box, destined for consumers in faraway countries.
How it works:
The flowers begin life out in the fields. Workers test the soil, control pests, and hand-pick the leaves that can zap energy from the flower buds. The farm grows several colors of roses, including these pink and white beauties that are custom ordered by a company in France.
Once harvested, the flowers are kept in buckets of treated water in a cooler until they are ready to be processed.
In the factory, workers measure each flower and sort them by stem length.
A machine removes thorns and excess leaves.
The flowers are then arranged in bouquets and boxed for shipping.
The tour made me realize how much work goes into every bouquet that graces my table.