by Norie Ishiro
Common Roots Farm grows beautiful flowers sustainably and with a social mission. Any flower has the power to make people smile, and we believe the flowers grown at the farm and cared for by volunteers who contribute their energy to make others happy can touch people’s hearts and bring them happiness.
Tomoko and I want to become a vehicle to connect the farm and the farm’s flowers to people. By adding extra value to the flowers, such as turning them into bouquets, table arrangements, and craft items, we think that the flowers grown at Common Roots Farm become more meaningful and have a better chance of reaching a wider range of people.
Through our activities, we hope to become a positive example of a successful microenterprise at the farm, working with people with disabilities to grow, tend, harvest, and prepare cut flowers and flower products. On Tuesdays and Fridays, you will find us at the farm, helping harvest focal and filler flowers for our market bouquets. The farm’s CSA customers receive ultra-fresh seasonal flowers, grown entirely without pesticides.
We look forward to having flower arranging, wreath making, and other workshops for our volunteers in the coming winter months.