What we do….
Earth Within offers the local community an earth friendly alternative to flower sourcing through artful arrangements and education. We connect flowers to their meaning and cultural aspect as much as possible and purchase our flowers from local and NorthWest farmers. We arrange flowers for weddings, events and just because and offer workshops on the 1st Thursday of each month
Meet Melissa Emily Lafontaine,
Creator of Earth Within in Missoula, MT
In 2013 Melissa completed a certificate in urban agriculture at Brooklyn Farmyards , an urban flower and vegetable farm, where she discovered ways to give back to the earth through ecologically friendly growing practices. In Brooklyn, she discovered the slow flower movement, where local farmers benefit from adding flowers as a cash crop and local community members celebrate with blooms that compliment their natural environment. For 3 seasons, her love and expertise for creatively arranging flowers blossomed during her time as a floral designer at Molly Oliver Flowers.
Melissa relocated to Missoula, Montana in 2014 for Graduate school Earth Within Flowers was born! Melissa studied Plant-based Education obtaining an MSc. in Environmental Studies and applies her teaching skills to her workshops. Despite, the challenges of shorter growing season she was thrilled that it is still possible to source flowers from local and regional farmers during the summer months and design with dried flowers in the winter and early spring.
Please check in on the Blog for recent writings about the wonders of flowers as medicine, therapy, and the ever-growing Montana Flower collective .