Growers Choice Award — Wow!
January 22nd, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2016
Molly Sadowsky, SWGMC Market Manager
Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
Diane Szukovathy, SWGMC Board Chair
SEATTLE AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST WINS GROWERS CHOICE AWARD
(Seattle, Washington) At a recent dinner attended by florists, flower farmers and industry professionals, the Seattle Wholesale Grower’s Market awarded Debra Prinzing – author of Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet – its 2016 Grower’s Choice Award for outstanding contributions to revitalize the local floral community.
While presenting the award, SWGMC Board Chair Diane Szukovathy cited Prinzing’s three years of service on the co-op’s volunteer board of directors and her continuous efforts to publicize the local floral industry through over 120 Slow Flowers podcasts – as well as numerous blog posts, magazine articles and press appearances.
“Debra helped us to write our company values – including to value the creativity and importance of everyone with whom we work and with whom we do business,” stated Szukovathy, in a warmly delivered address. “She truly works as hard or harder than any farmer we know. From our beginning five years ago, she has been there supporting us, encouraging us and lifting a hand to help us every step of the way.”
Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American glower farms, florists, shops and studios who source domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, more than 1,000 listeners tune into Debra’s “Slow Flowers Podcast,” available for free downloads at her web site, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services. She is the author of 10 books, including Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.
In addition she is a contributing garden editor for Better Homes & Gardens and her feature stories on architecture and design appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times’ Home section. She writes for top shelter and consumer publications, including Pacific Horticulture, Country Gardens, Sunset, Garden Design, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Cottages & Bungalows, Metropolitan Home, Landscape Architecture, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Old House Interiors, GRAY and Romantic Homes, among others.
The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market is a producer’s cooperative, started by flower farmers in 2011 as a grass roots effort to make local floral products more available to florists and professional buyers in the Puget Sound Area. Since then, it has hired staff, changed its business model and experienced dramatic growth as demand for locally grown flowers has increased.