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Bob Larson Farmer's Market Flowers Pt 2
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: September 07, 2017

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I’m Bob Larson. The fruits of her labor, for now, are the beautiful flower bouquets she sells at Seattle-area farmer’s markets all summer long. 17-year old Chong Vang immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 2004 and soon found herself an integral part of a new family business.

After seeing her wonderful display at the Mill Creek Farmer’s Market, I just assumed they must contract out to get all those beautiful flowers …

CHONG VANG … “Me: I was asking how you keep yourself stocked in flowers all year, but you guys grow your own flowers? Chong: Yes, we do! Me: You have a farm? Chong: Yes, in Snohomish. Me: And how big of a farm is it? Chong: Just our part, I think it’s just three acres. Me: Three acres? Chong: Yeah.

And those 3 acres leave the family with a lot of work to do ...

CHONG VANG … “Me: So, who’s then running the business? Chong: My mom and I, and my grandpa, just the three of us.”

And on top of her work-load, Chong is preparing her college applications with her sights set on healthcare …

CHONG VANG … “I want to do something in the medical field because my grandma, she’s been doing dialysis for two years. And, I would go watch her because she does dialysis for three hours and because she doesn’t speak English, at all, so I’ll go watch her. And the nurses there, I get to know them and they tell me about their job and how their daily routine is, so I thought about maybe being a dialysis nurse. I thought that was really interesting or … Me: and you like science? Chong: Yes, I like science.”

The impressive young woman may end up with a long career in the medical field, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she always keeps a hand in growing something wonderful.

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