You've likely heard of the slow food
or farm-to-table movement
, in which eating locally grown food is applauded as being beneficial to both the local agriculture industry and the environment.
The next trend: Slow flowers, from field-to-vase.
That same year, Prinzing launched a free podcast, called “Slow Flowers
with Debra Prinzing,” and last year, she
launched SlowFlowers.com, an online
directory built to connect sustainably minded flower enthusiasts with
local florists and farmers. As explained in a recent Grist article, Americans typically spend
$7 billion to $8 billion a year on cut flowers, nearly 80 percent of which are imported to the United States, mostly from South America.
In reality, they’re just like tomatoes or beets — they
are best when they are in-season. And like veggies, choosing seasonal
blooms means that you are directly helping your local farmers stay in
Local Flower Farms: