Inside Debra Prinzing's Slow Flowers Summit 2017

Inside Debra Prinzing's Slow Flowers Summit 2017

After seven seasons of farming, I managed to take a real vacation in the heat of the summer (a real feat for this line of work). But, unable to turn it off, I of course spent it not by ‘getting away from it all’ and leaving the flower and farming world behind, but visiting farms and attending the fabulous Slow Flowers Summer in Seattle. I’d love to share with you guys some highlights from the two sessions that really inspired me to make the trip.

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How To Become A Farmer/Florist - My Talk At The Oregon Small Farms Conference

How To Become A Farmer/Florist - My Talk At The Oregon Small Farms Conference

Oregon puts on a mean Small Farms Conference, with over 900 attendees this year and concurrent sessions on all things farming. I was delighted to present a session on how farmers can start to think about adding floral design work - specifically wedding flowers and workshops - into their plans. I've pasted my slideshow below in the hopes that some of you out there can glean some good information. Thanks for reading! 

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The Value of Mentorship in Flower Farming Part 2: Share Your Skills by Mentoring Others

The Value of Mentorship in Flower Farming Part 2: Share Your Skills by Mentoring Others

I was a teacher long before I was a farmer, much less a floral designer. So when I finally came to my senses and realized that my life's work was waiting for me out in the flower fields, I approached flowers with an eye towards education. I payed attention to my own process of learning the requisite skills both out in the fields and in the design studio. What came easily? What was trickier than it seemed at first? There's something really special about being an adult learner. It's humbling and instills in you a sense of empathy.

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The Value of Mentorship in Flower Farming Part 1: Find Yourself A Mentor

The Value of Mentorship in Flower Farming Part 1: Find Yourself A Mentor

Farming is one of those areas where experience means everything, and you can't fake it for long. Most farmers therefore know that we’ve much to learn from one another, particularly from those among us with more years of experience in our ever-growing field, more notches on the belt, bigger, gnarlier calluses on the hands, and honed-in muscle memory of how to run thriving farms season after season. 

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How To Plant Bare-Root Roses - For Tons of Blooms, Wedding Design, and General Happiness

How To Plant Bare-Root Roses -  For Tons of Blooms, Wedding Design, and General Happiness

I come from the world of annual vegetable growing, and in my first few years of growing flowers I avoided scary, pristine, expensive plants like roses for fear I would kill them all, and quickly. But now I’m growing more and more for my own  wedding floral design and the time has finally come to grow garden roses! Sweet, fluffy, sun-loving, delicious garden roses in creams and peaches and pinks and yellows and one magenta for good measure!

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