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Episode 622: Celebrating our 10th Anniversary! From the Slow Flowers Podcast Archives – an encore with flower farmers Mandy and Steve O’Shea of 3 Porch Farm

August 9th, 2023

Mandy and Steve O'Shea
Georgia flower farmers Mandy and Steve O’Shea (c) Brittany Towsell

We’re continuing the 10-week celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Slow Flowers Podcast! I launched the first-ever podcast about flowers on July 23, 2013! This audio storytelling project resonates with so many listeners — people like you who love local, seasonal, and sustainable flowers and who are joining in the Slow Flowers Movement as members, supporters, and allies!

10th Anniversary Slow Flowers Podcast

We invite you to help us celebrate by sharing your stories of how the Slow Flowers Podcast has been an inspiring companion to you over the years! Post or send us a video tagged #slowflowerspodcast and we may feature you in our Slow Flowers social media feed! Check out our IG stories on @SlowFlowersSociety, which we will run for the next 10 weeks — you could win one of two priceless prizes! We’ll select two winners among eligible entrants:
1 – win a featured guest spot on a future episode of the Slow Flowers Podcast; and
2 – win a chance to co-host an upcoming monthly Slow Flowers Member Meet-Up. We’ll post the details on social media for you to follow along and participate.

Today is the 3rd Encore Episode as our decade-long retrospective to highlight one episode from each year of the past decade and bring the best of the Slow Flowers Podcast to you. If you’re a longtime listener, you might recognize these flower folks; if you’re new to the Slow Flowers Podcast, I’m excited to introduce you to them for the first time.

Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Mandy and Steve O’Shea, of 3 Porch Farm in Comer, Georgia, outside Athens. They are longtime Slow Flowers Memberswho first appeared in July 2016 in Episode 254; and later, Mandy was a guest in April 2020, early during the Pandemic when we featured a series called “stories of resilience.”

3 Porch Farm

3 Porch Farm is a small, sustainable flower farm dedicated to being the most sustainable flower shipping option in the U.S. Situated on 9 acres, Steven and Mandy work with their crew to grow beautiful blooms in a way that respects the land, their employees, and their community.

Their mission is “Principles before Profit.” They believe that businesses have farm greater impact on the world than individuals and their goal has always been to use their business to effect as much good as possible. That’s it. Be Happy By Doing Good. is a great mission.

Thanks so much for joining me today! You’ll want to check out all of the fun resources for flower farmers and gardeners at the beautiful 3 Porch Farm website, from shopping their inspiring seed collection to joining the waiting list for hellebore plugs and mum cuttings. I’m so inspired by all that 3 Porch Farm is doing as a diversified, sustainable flower farm.

Nationwide Shipping

Wholesale Flowers and Bulk Greenery

Rooted Chrysanthemum Cuttings and Hellebore Plugs

I’ll be hosting an IG Live conversation today, August 9th with Mandy and Steve, so check it out @slowflowerssociety — and you’ll find all of my Slow Flowers Podcast 10th anniversary Live Chats in the archives there.

Thank you to our Sponsors

This show is brought to you by, the free, online directory to more than 850 florists, shops, and studios who design with local, seasonal and sustainable flowers and to the farms that grow those blooms. It’s the conscious choice for buying and sending flowers.

Farmgirl Flowers 2022

Thank you to our lead sponsor, Farmgirl Flowers. Farmgirl Flowers delivers iconic burlap-wrapped bouquets and lush, abundant arrangements to customers across the U.S., supporting U.S. flower farms by purchasing more than $10 million dollars of U.S.-grown fresh and seasonal flowers and foliage annually. Discover more at

Thank you to Rooted Farmers. Rooted Farmers works exclusively with local growers to put the highest-quality specialty cut flowers in floral customers’ hands. When you partner with Rooted Farmers, you are investing in your community, and you can expect a commitment to excellence in return. Learn more at

Thank you to Johnny’s Selected Seeds, an employee-owned company that provides our industry the best flower, herb and vegetable seeds — supplied to farms large and small and even backyard cutting gardens like mine. Find the full catalog of flower seeds and bulbs at

Thank you to Mayesh Wholesale Florist. Family-owned since 1978, Mayesh is the premier wedding and event supplier in the U.S. and we’re thrilled to partner with Mayesh to promote local and domestic flowers, which they source from farms large and small around the U.S. Learn more at

Slow Flowers Podcast Logo with flowers, recorder and mic

I love all this floral goodness and I am so happy you joined me today! The Slow Flowers Podcast is a member-supported endeavor, downloaded more than one million times by listeners like you. Thank you for listening, commenting and sharing – it means so much. As our movement gains more supporters and more passionate participants who believe in the importance of our domestic cut flower industry, the momentum is contagious. I know you feel it, too. If you’re new to our weekly Show and our long-running Podcast, check out all of our resources at

Debra in the Slow Flowers Cutting Garden
Thank you for listening! Sending love, from my cutting garden to you! (c) Missy Palacol Photography

I’m Debra Prinzing, host and producer of the Slow Flowers Show & Podcast. The Slow Flowers Podcast is engineered and edited by Andrew Brenlan. The content and opinions expressed here are either mine alone or those of my guests alone, independent of any podcast sponsor or other person, company or organization.  Next week, you’re invited to join me in putting more Slow Flowers on the table, one stem, one vase at a time. Thanks so much for joining us today and I’ll see you next week!

Music credits:

Chymique; Turning On the Lights; Gaena
by Blue Dot Sessions

by Tryad

In The Field

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