HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Llocally grown flowers and plants are an important alternative to imports. They don't carry the risk of invasive species that comes with imported flowers and plants, and ocal farms and nurseries provide employment and make Hawai'i's economy more sustainable.
For these reasons, the State of Hawai'i Department of Agriculture created the "Buy Local, It Matters" campaign. The Department also gives grants for projects that contribute to the production and sale of locally grown flowers and plants as an alternative to imports. A recent grant was made to the Hawai'i Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA) for workshops and public outreach. HFNA's floral design workshop last July featured renowned floral designer Hitomi Gilliam, A.I.F.D. She demonstrated several arrangements of locally grown flowers and plants for the upcoming holidays. Easter is on Sunday, April 16. It is followed by Administrative Professionals' Day on April 26.