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Growing Heirloom Mums with Steve and Mandy O'Shea of 3 Porch Farm

The Flower Podcast

Release Date: 10/30/2023

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For those who might have missed their previous visit to our podcast, let me quickly reintroduce this great duo. They're not just flower farmers; they're visionaries in flower farming, dedicated to being the most sustainable flower shipping option in the U.S. Their mission of "Principles before Profit" has guided their journey from the beginning. Steve and Mandy O ’Shea’ s story of 3 Porch Farm is one of shared passions – for sustainable living, renewable energy, and of course, beautiful, farm-fresh flowers.

Today, we're catching up with them to chat about their newest offerings —heirloom Chrysanthemums. Mums have taken a new spotlight in the last couple of years and it’s exciting to see an older flower can come to life again. We're chatting about it all including their new partnership with Farmer Bailey.

I’m grateful to have Steve and Mandy share their journey through the pandemic, completely reorganizing their business model, and through it all finding new ways to encourage and inspire other flower farmers and florists with their ideals and flowers.

Learn more about Steve and Mandy and 3 Porch Farm, their past episodes and all of our past guests by visiting TheFlowerPodcast.com

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