I’m headed to Michigan this fall—would you like to join me? I recently made plans to attend one of the biggest flower grower gatherings in North America: The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers’ National Conference. This year’s conference will take place November 6-9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to present as one of the keynote speakers and serve as a panelist for one of the sessions. View the complete conference agenda here.
As you’ll see, it will be an action-packed few days, filled with presentations by some of the country’s most experienced farmers alongside some savvy small-scale new growers, horticulture researchers and experts. Flower farmers from across the continent will be there and I can’t wait to connect with so many flower friends all in one place.
If you aren’t already familiar with the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, this organization supports variety trials and university research related to cut flowers, plus it provides educational resources, organizes conferences and coordinates regional events among many other flower-focused activities.
During the early years of Floret, the ASCFG was a great resource to me. I regularly scoured the organization’s “bulletin board” for information on germinating specific types of seeds, post harvest treatments for hard-to-hydrate blooms, and plant disease prevention tips. The information so generously shared by fellow flower growers was invaluable and an important part of Floret’s early success.
If you missed out on one of Floret’s on-farm workshops this year, attending the ASCFG conference is going to be one of your next-best bets for learning in-depth information about cut flower production. Or if you simply want to surround yourself with hundreds of fellow flower lovers to soak up information and talk about the beauty of seasonal blooms, you’ll definitely want to register. For a three short days, the center of the flower universe is going to be Grand Rapids. I hope to see you there!