SST students and faculty visited Dream Farm, a flower producing facility in Guayllabamba, a small town 45 minutes north from Quito. We learned that the business of flowers is a huge source of revenue for the area, specially before Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween, and Saint Patrick’s Day since their main consumers are in the US. These flowers are appreciated for their long shelf life which is attributed to the mineral mixture of the natural soil of Guayallabamba and the care of Ecuadorians.
Joanna, our tour guide and HR director at Dream Farm, explained that the name came from the dream that the owners, three siblings, had of bringing flowers to the world. She also mentioned that some rosebuds are cut before they open to not overload each plant, this allows viable ones to reach markets in full boom.