Helen Skiba and Nelson Esseveld, owners of the Artemis Flower Farm, are at the Nederland Farmers Market every week, although they are based in Longmont. The business moved to Longmont, changed its name to Artemis Flower Farm, and by 2014 became a “full-fledged operational farm and floral studio.”
Artemis is an ecology-focused specialty cut flower farm. There are growing 300 varieties of annuals, perennials, and everything in between. The farm offers workshops in gardening and floral design. Furthermore, they sell flowers wholesale at the Colorado Flower Collective and to florists in Longmont and Boulder. In addition, Artemis offers a simple wedding design for couples focused on waste-free and sustainable celebrations.
Skiba emphasizes that “We work hard to make our business as earth-friendly as possible. We use homemade biological amendments from Korean Natural Farming to add nutrients and native organisms to our soils, limiting inputs from outside the farm. By growing a wide range of flowers, we invite diversity to our farm and provide nectar sources not only for honeybees but for native bees, wasps, butterflies, and hummingbirds.”
“In our studio, we use rental vases to avoid the massive waste common in the wedding industry, as well as durable mechanics like chicken wire and flower frogs, eschewing carcinogenic and toxic floral foam.” Any packaging is compostable or recyclable, from the tape we use to package our bulb and tuber boxes to the cards in our bouquets.
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