67. 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.

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.

Additional Resources:

Why Buy Local Flowers?

Carolina Flowers’ Instagram


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Charlotte French, Haley Casey

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