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Crop Planning for Cut Flower Farmers

During this new four-week online course, participants learn how to develop a crop plan for their cut flower operation and will receive direct feedback on this plan from our expert instructor. Participants will also get peer feedback and support from other course members. These sessions are held virtually via Zoom and online community spaces to eliminate travel and financial constraints. Enrollment is limited to ten participants to afford individualized attention for each enrollee.

Jeanie McKewan has an incredible, wide-ranging background in cut flower farming, with an Environmental Science degree from Willamette University and a Plant Pathology degree from Oregon State University. She is also a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP). She served as both General and Operations Managers for award-winning companies in Illinois prior to starting Brightflower Farm, her own operation she has since sold.

Note: This course is best suited for cut flower farmers in continental North America. If you register for this course and farm outside North America, please understand that the course activities may have less relevance for your region and climate.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Have completed a first draft of a crop plan for their cut flower farming operation.
  2. Received feedback on how to improve their crop plan.
  3. Connected with other cut flower farmers at similar stages of their career in order to exchange ideas and moral support.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Jeanie McKewan
  • Number of Participants: 10 maximum
  • Course Start Date: Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. Central
  • Course End Date: Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. Central
  • Registration Fee: $200

Course Format 

  • Zoom-based lectures.
  • Online forum for communication and assignment sharing. You may access the online forum here.