A message from the Chair of the Board Stacy Miller
"The earth laughs in flowers." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing says spring quite like a colorful bouquet of fresh flowers and, in Oxnard, we enjoy some of the most beautiful blossoms grown right here.
Would you be surprised to know that Oxnard is home to a floral company that employs 200-300 people, boasts 60 acres of floral farms and 1.3 million square feet of greenhouse space growing flowers that are shipped throughout the U.S.?
Farm fresh and California-grown, Sun Valley Floral Farms flowers are available locally at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Ralph’s, Vons and through flower wholesalers. You can even send Oxnard-grown flowers as a gift via www.flowerbud.com.
In 2001, Sun Valley acquired Pleasant Valley Flowers, Inc. and Golden Coast Nurseries in Oxnard, which enhanced their product line with additional greenhouse capacity. The Sun Valley Floral Farms Oxnard Division currently produces lilies, irises, matsumoto asters, lisianthus, calla lilies and delphinium, as well as other seasonal flowers.
“About 80 percent of flowers sold in the U.S. are grown in Columbia and Ecuador. Our flowers are all grown in California and we encourage flower buyers to look for the 'CA Grown' license plate logo on our products,” explains Bill Prescott, Marketing Communications Specialist for the Sun Valley Floral Farms.
Sun Valley prides itself on utilizing practices that are of an ecological nature and promote sustainable floriculture. Sun Valley received the prestigious Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard Certification, which signals to consumers that their flowers were grown in a responsible, ethical and sustainable manner. Sun Valley Floral Farms was the first California farm to qualify for this certification and challenged fellow growers and shippers to adhere to the guidelines because it is the right thing to do.
“At the Sun Valley Floral Farms, we aim to be stewards of the earth and work in harmony with nature to create amazing cut flowers that are safe for farmers to grow and promote healthy soil,” explains Prescott. “The highly recognizable Rainforest Alliance ‘green frog’ seal has been an essential part of our marketing since we achieved certification in 2017,” he added.
A little-known fact about a favorite lily varietal: The Sun Valley Floral Farms developed the Stargazer lily in their Humboldt County facility and named it to recognize the fact that this beautiful flower points up to the stars rather than pointing down like other varieties of lily.
If you are interested in learning more about this amazing Oxnard-based business, visit their website.