A diverse-owned, U.S.-based grower, Costa Farms represents the American dream in more ways than one. They’re a major partner in Walmart’s ability to provide fresh flora to its customers and associates.
“When you see product at scale, and everything that goes into that, you get a deep appreciation of what they’re doing at Costa,” Lawrence says. “This is a family business, a multi-generational business, where you build sustainability into the business model and you also have this relationship directly with the people who are making this happen.”
The growers at Costa Farms agree. Despite its size, the company engages its associates to grow the best plants possible—and it shows.
“While we may be the world’s largest houseplant grower, we’re still a farm,” says Arianna Cabrera de Ona, the chief people officer and general counsel at Costa Farms. “Every single plant matters, and every single plant is nurtured by a human who cares about his or her work… We’re farmers who are passionate about plants and we’re committed to helping make the world a better—greener—place.”
The humble houseplant had at least a metaphorical moment in the sun at the height of the COVID pandemic. People everywhere realized suddenly that they needed nature in their lives—and that there was an easy way to bring it in.