US (NC): Newcastle flower farmers bring the buds

Laura Azevedo-Dominguez and Leo Azevedo, owners of Three Little Buds Farm in Newcastle, balance their full-time jobs with a growing flower farm to make their agricultural dreams a reality.

Growing on under half an acre in its first year, Three Little Buds, now in its second season, has grown from primarily wholesale accounts to retail at Lincoln County specialty stores. The farmers use no-till methods and said they focus on sustainability for themselves, their land, and their business as they plan to expand.

Azevedo-Dominguez said the business name comes from the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds.” Flowers make the couple forget about their worries and feel calm through their beauty.

The couple met at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. They later moved to Lynn, Mass., and spent time in Maine on the weekends. Wherever they lived, they grew food on patios, yards, and community plots.

“We’ve always been in the soil,” Azevedo said.


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