Extension workshop on growing cut flowers for market

by Debbie Roos

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on Growing Cut Flowers for Market as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series. This will be a two-part workshop on Monday, August 10 and Monday, August 17. The August 10 workshop will be a full day of presentations from 9:00 am-5:00 pm in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The August 17 workshop will take place from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at Perry-winkle Farm in northern Chatham County.

growing cut flowersWorkshop instructors include experienced cut flower growers Cathy Jones of Perry-winkle Farm and Leah Cook of Wild Hare Farm, plus Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos. This is a very unique and rare opportunity to learn from two very successful cut flower growers. Space is limited so make sure and register early before it fills up!

The workshop will cover all aspects of cut flower production and marketing, from species/cultivar selection to seed to market. View the complete agenda at http://go.ncsu.edu/cut-flower-workshop

Target Audience for these Workshops:
These workshops are intended for growers who want to learn more about growing cut flowers for income (NOT garden-scale). Whether you are currently growing produce for market and would like to add cut flowers to your crop mix, or you have been growing cut flowers for a couple of years but want to improve quality, vase life, and species diversity, this is the workshop for you! We will not be going into depth on advanced species and practices – that will be for another workshop. The workshop is geared towards farmers who have a basic level of horticultural production experience.

Registration Info:
The majority of slots in this workshop are reserved for people who want to attend both days, because we feel that the on-farm experience offered in the August 17 workshop will be very valuable. However, we recognize that not everyone’s schedules will permit them to attend both days so we are reserving some slots for folks who only want to attend the August 10 workshop. Please note our workshops often fill to capacity BEFORE the registration deadline so please register early.

To view the complete agenda, speaker bios, and get registration info, visit the Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/cut-flower-workshop. Deadline to register is August 4!