Adding Cut Flowers to Your Crop Mix
Farmers across the state are growing cut flowers to sell along side their vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, eggs, and honey at tailgate markets and roadside stands. Others are selling their flowers to natural food stores, restaurants, and for weddings. Flowers can be lucrative, but in order to do them well, there is a lot to learn about varieties, timing, fertilization, and post-harvest handling. Presentation of your flowers and marketing are just as important. There are many resources available to help you, including excellent books (e.g., http://www.timberpress.com/books/specialty_cut_flowers/armitage/9780881925791), web based articles (e.g., http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/cutflower.html), and associations (e.g., http://www.ascfg.org/).
An opportunity to learn about cut flower production in western North Carolina will be offered next week in McDowell County. Here are the details:
October 22, 2009, 2:00 p.m. Cut Flower Production Workshop
Extension Conference Room, 60 East Court Street, Marion, NC
Are you interested in adding cut flower production to your operation? Are you currently growing cut flowers and looking for the latest production information? The NC Cooperative Extension Service, McDowell Center is offering a program on cut flower production for small growers.
Craig Adkins, Extension Area Specialized Agent – Commercial Horticulture will be speaking on all aspects of cut flower production including, site selection, species selection, fertilization, pest control and more. Meredith McKissick, of Sweet Earth Flower Farm will be speaking about her experience growing and marketing cut flowers. Meredith has experience growing flowers and marketing them at tailgate markets and for weddings and other events. She will also be talking about 3-5 different annual cuts that can be easily grown for each spring, summer, and fall.
This program is free but pre registration is required by calling the Extension Office at 652-8104 or by emailing Jane McDaniel at Jane_McDaniel@ncsu.edu by October 20th. For additional information please call 828-652-8104.