Debra Prinzing

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Episode 577: Building a home-based cut flower business with Backyard Blooms’ Janet Kramka

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

You’re in for a treat today with my conversation featuring Janet Kramka of Backyard Blooms, based in Trumbull, Connecticut. In August, Janet and I participated in a webinar for New York’s Madison Square Park Conservancy’s horticultural lecture series — all about the Slow Flowers Movement. It was really fun to share the screen with a Slow Flowers member who is walking the talk in her practices as a small-scale farmer-florist.

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Janet (left) and her newest summer crop, Chinese forget me nots (Cynoglossum amabile)
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Buckets of bunches and bouquets

Through that experience, I became fascinated with Janet’s personal story of pivoting to a second career after working in the graphic design field. She recorded a special video tour of Backyard Blooms’ “backyard” in Connecticut where Janet grows mostly annuals and dahlias in raised beds.

Janet and her husband Pete, who has adopted flower farming as his second profession.

It’s really impressive to see the scale of what she’s built with the land available to her. Backyard Blooms grows and sells custom bouquets, flower subscriptions and DIY buckets direct to consumers, as well as maintaining a presence at the popular Trumbull Farmers’ Market. They offer wholesale flowers to florists through the Connecticut Flower Collective.

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A photograph from 2019, depicting how Janet and Pete established their first raised beds.
summer flowers
And here’s how Backyard Blooms appeared in July 2022.

Today’s conversation focuses on Backyard Blooms’ services, customer base and regional market.

“What started as a love of nature and gardening has blossomed into our small-but-mighty family farm where we are committed to growing flowers sustainably and organically. Our blooms are local, unique, and grown with great care for florists, designers, and anyone who delights in the beauty of flowers.”

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The spring tulip bounty at Backyard Blooms

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More Resources

The replay video of our Slow Flowers Presentation recorded on August 18th for Madison Square Park Conservancy

LISTEN: Slow Flowers Podcast Episode 494 with farmer-florist Haley Billipp of Eddy Farm and Connecticut Flower Collective.

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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.

Music credits:

Flattered; Gaena
by Blue Dot Sessions

by Tryad

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