Episode 631: Celebrating our 10th Anniversary! From the Slow Flowers Podcast Archives – an Encore of Episode 529 with David Brunton of Right Field Farm
October 11th, 2023
This week, I’m sharing an encore episode from the 9th year of the Slow Flowers Podcast, a conversation with David Brunton of Right Field Farm based in Millersville, Maryland, recorded in October 2021.
2021 was the first season during which we incorporated video interviews as part of the Slow Flowers Show; each week’s show later posted as audio-only for our Podcast listeners.
It has been so rewarding to celebrate our 10-year retrospective, featuring one guest per year during the entire past decade to commemorate this storytelling project.
Adding a video component enhanced our weekly programming, bringing viewers and listeners to flower farms, floral shops and studios, as guests of each episode brought additional “show and tell” content to you.
And that is what you’ll hear about and see today. When David and I recorded video in our Slow Flowers virtual studio, he was in the midst of designing bouquets for Right Field Farm’s weekly subscription customers. It was so fun to actually see the bouquet come together as we discussed decisions about growing and designing for a small, home-based family flower farm.
I know you’ll enjoy the episode. Listen to my conversation with David, a longtime Slow Flowers member, and then watch the video replay posted at the top of these show notes.
Thanks so much for joining us today! I’ll be hosting an IG Live conversation with David today, October 11th, so check it out @slowflowerssociety. You’ll find my conversation with David and all of my Slow Flowers Podcast 10th anniversary Live Chats in the archives there.
News of the Week
First, the new October edition of our monthly newsletter – recently dropped and you’ll want to check your in-box to find it! Follow this link to read the full issue.
Earlier this week, we opened the Annual Slow Flowers Member Survey, which will run through November 3rd. We value your insights and feedback, so please check out this link to find the short survey that asks you about your floral enterprise, the shifts you’ve experienced in the current year and the changes you anticipate for the next.
The first 100 members who complete the survey and share their mailing address will receive a special 3-pack seed collection curated by our friends at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
In addition, each Slow Flowers Society member who completes our survey will be entered into a drawing for:
(1) Complimentary Premium membership for 1 year – A standard member will be upgraded to complimentary Premium Level; if a Premium member’s name is drawn for this promotion, the member’s next 12-month period (from the current renewal date) will be complimentary.
Thank You to our Sponsors
This show is brought to you by Slowflowers.com, 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.
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 farmgirlflowers.com.
Thank you to Red Twig Farms. Based in Johnstown, Ohio, Red Twig Farms is a family-owned farm specializing in peonies, daffodils, tulips and branches, a popular peony-bouquet-by-mail program and their Spread the Hope Campaign where customers purchase 10 tulip stems for essential workers and others in their community. Learn more at redtwigfarms.com.
Thank you to the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farmer-owned cooperative committed to providing the very best the Pacific Northwest has to offer in cut flowers, foliage and plants. The Growers Market’s mission is to foster a vibrant marketplace that sustains local flower farms and provides top-quality products and service to the local floral industry. Visit them at seattlewholesalegrowersmarket.com.
Thanks you to Longfield Gardens, which provides home gardeners with high quality flower bulbs and perennials. Their online store offers plants for every region and every season, from tulips and daffodils to dahlias, caladiums and amaryllis. Check out the full catalog at Longfield Gardens at longfield-gardens.com.
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 SlowFlowersSociety.com.
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!
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