Slow Flowers

In this episode of Mother Earth News and Friends, we learn about the business of flower farming. Buying flowers from local farmers not only stimulates the economy, but it may also promote social justice.

Our Podcast Guests Include

Vanessa King is a sustainability consultant, working diligently to encourage and facilitate the design and development of sustainable business practices within organizations.  She also coordinates the work of the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network, a regional network serving sustainability professionals working for municipal governments in the south. 

In prior years, she served as the first Sustainability Manager for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Vanessa is a Certified Renewable Energy Manager, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism Development and a Master’s of Science Degree in Sustainability Studies. She has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, bringing a unique perspective to sustainability as it relates to travel, tourism, and land/business management. Today, she likes to spend her free time traveling and working on her family farm.


Emily Copus is the owner of Carolina Flowers, a 3-acre farm and floral design business based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, in the small Appalachian town of Marshall. She grows flowers for wholesale, delivery, weddings, farmers markets, events, and so much more. Carolina Flowers is on a mission to contribute positively to the local economy and ecology through sustainable business and farming practices.

Here is a collection of resources that may pique your interest:

Heirloom Gardener

Why Buy Local Flowers?

Carolina Flowers' Instagram

Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Bookstore for more resources that may pique your interests!

To see more podcasts, visit our Mother Earth News and Friends page!

Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR page for an opportunity to see our podcast guest live!

 The Mother Earth News and Friends podcast is a production of Ogden Publications.

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

50 Years of Money-Saving Tips!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS for 50 years and counting, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters