We are Linda, of Little Farmhouse Flowers and Emily, from von Trapp Flowers and this is the "Frost on Flowers" podcast. Join us and our guests as we discuss what we love about owning and operating flower farms in cool climates, all the challenges we face, and how we have hustled and MacGyvered our way to success. Hear from other farmers, flower enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who share our passion for "cool flowers.
Meet Linda of Fam Flower Farm
In this episode we chat with our friend Linda at Fam Flower Farm in Lisse, Netherlands! Hear how she and her best friend, Marlies, started their beautiful business. Learn how they were determined to create and share beauty through their own families’ farms. (Have you seen their Instagram feed?! Wow.) We loved learning about how they’ve grown their businesses through bulb sales, how they’ve adapted to changes brought on by the pandemic, and how they’ve got their sights on some exciting new projects. Linda’s background in marketing and her work at a tulip hybridizing facility are so fascinating, too. Join us for this light hearted chat between flower-loving entrepreneurial spirits!
"More microbes than all the grains of sand on the planet" with John and Katie Culpepper
Join us as we "dig" into John and Katie Culpepper's work on the development of an open-source design for a 20ft-long in-vessel/rotating drum composting system! Learn how they've brought commercial scale composting to farms/businesses the Adirondacks and beyond through an innovative design and dedication to making composting systems widely available. Love soil health? Want to learn more about how they are relieving farms of their BIG annual expenses of purchased composts and growing mediums? Settle in for our fascinating conversation with this dynamic father-daughter duo!
Grow Beauty not Garbage
In this episode, recorded on Earth Day, we chat about what we’re doing to grow and show the beauty of flowers while reducing waste, our carbon footprint and the drain on non-renewable resources. We discuss all the things we have learned and tried to improve within our businesses to create more sustainable models and our thoughts and ideas about what other growers, designers, gardeners and flower enthusiasts can do to help improve their practices in the floral industry.
That's not magic...it's your bedside table! Kristin Sjaarda and her AMAZING botanical art.
Listen to our chat with Kristin Sjaarda! Kristin's detailed botanical still life photography is some of our most favorite flower art....in the world. Learn how she's inspired by nature, works with local flower farmers, builds beauty and life into her still life arrangements, and creates extraordinary photographs! We loved our talk with Kristin. We even got to learn her tips for really enjoying our blousy, dramatic tulips!
"Tulips You Can Tie Your Goat To" with John Buis
Today, we talk with John Buis of the Netherland Bulb Company about tulips, tulips, and more tulips! Get an insider's scoop on growing tulips in Holland on a family farm, bulb sourcing, and how the pandemic has affected tulip farming and bulb supply. John has a lifetime of experience to share, and we are thrilled to have him on the podcast!
Struggling and Juggling
Welcome to the first episode of the Frost on Flowers podcast! Settle in and learn how our two strikingly similar hosts met up, how they became full time year round flower farmers, and how they run their very different cold climate farms. Linda and Emily will guide you through the infrastructure at each farm, talk about the markets/customers they serve and share some of the quirky traits that help them find success as flower farming business owners. Today’s episode is sponsored by the Netherland Bulb Company. Learn more about one of our favorite bulb suppliers at www.netherlandbulb.com. And be sure to watch for podcast updates and news from Linda and Emily on Instragram at @frostonflowers. You can also share your questions for our hosts by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I enjoyed listening to these first two episodes of Emily’s and Linda’s new podcast. The tulip conversation with John was packed with great information and cool facts about the tulip bulb industry. Getting a glimpse into their two flower businesses in the first episode was very interesting. I’m looking forward to hearing your next topics!
The story behind the Instagrams
I’m so excited for this podcast and enjoyed the very first episode. I follow Linda and Emily on Instagram, and their sharing online and in workshops has helped me as I slowly develop a year-round flower business in a cool zone (5a/b).
This podcast dives into the intricate details of all the work that goes into producing the beauty on their social media accounts, and how they got where they are today. Their supportive friendship is really nice to bear witness to. Can’t wait for more !
A new favorite!
It’s fun to listen to Emily and Linda share their stories about growing flowers and their flower businesses. Looking forward to hearing more of their problem solving skills ... like Emily inventing hay bay ice cubes.