Discover the slow flower movement in ‘The 50 Mile Bouquet’

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Two paragraphs into Debra Prinzing and David E. Perry’s “The 50 Mile Bouquet,” the facts of the flower growing industry are laid out quite clear: the $ 40 billion business is dominated by corporations that import their flower bouquets from overseas.

With such a huge portion of the flower industry held by corporate interests, Prinzing, a freelance home design writer, and Perry, a floral-minded photographer, set about the country searching for flower farmers who followed the rule of the “50-mile bouquet.”In the book’s case, the author and photographer interviewed farmers they felt embodied the “slow flower movement.” The idea takes its cues from the slow food movement: locally sourced ingredients and locally grown, cut and sold flowers.”The book has narratives and photographs of people with amazing stories,” she said. “They’re people who wanted to share their knowledge and wanted to put a face to this movement. They’re unsung heroes.”The 50 miles in the book’s title comes from the maximum desired distance to obtain ingredients for a local bouquet.”It came from an aside in an article in Toronto’s The Globe and Mail,” Prinzing said. “Our working title was ‘A Fresh Bouquet,……………. continues on Kansas City Star

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