The Nevado Ecuador flower farm was founded in 1996. It is located in a traditional rose-cultivating region in Ecuador south of the capitol. The region is famous for the Cotopaxi volcano, the highest altitude, still-active volcano in the world. The Nevado Ecuador flower farm became Fair Trade Certified™ in 2002 in order to develop and improve the social and economic well being of workers and the community. Veriflora and Rainforest Alliance are other agencies that have certified Nevado Ecuador. Roses are grown in the mountains in greenhouses to ensure maximum luminosity, which allows the flowers to grow faster. Large reservoirs nearby hydrate the roses in the greenhouses and promise a constant water supply. Nevado Ecuador produces 52 varieties of roses, including organic varieties.
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