Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saving seeds is an essential practice for maintaining a sustainable 'closed circuit' farm operation. Local food is only as local as the seed supply. Seeds are just as vital as healthy soil, clean water and market access. Regionally adapted and locally grown seeds are paramount to a secure food system. This presentation explores the benefits and challenges of incorporating seed saving into a small organic farm operation.
Wednesday, November 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM
This workshop will focus on how the simple act of saving your seeds can increase yields, enhance product offerings and add value to any small farm operation. Through selection and basic breeding techniques, participants will also learn to help their crops adapt to changes in climate, pest pressures and disease. As the demand for local food increases, the need for locally adapted seed is more prevalent now than ever before. Learn to incorporate the ancient art of seed saving into your daily routine and help your small farm grow to meet this need head-on.
Wednesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The cut flowers you NEED to grow... 10 (or more, I love them all) of the best flowers to grow for cutting for use in the farmers market, florist and wedding sales. The best varieties, how to grow and post-harvest. Whipping up a bouquet recipe and how to make bouquets FAST! Examples of annual, perennial, bulb and woody choices.
Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
How to sell your beautiful blooms. Different sales avenues for cut flowers. Innovative locations and how to build excitement that turns into sales. Direct to customers, florist, wholesale and being farmer florist, which is best for you?