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Thinking about the National Conference in Vancouver and what a wonderful, well organized, and informative meeting it was. Great job, Roy Snow and the Northwest Gang!
    
As always, I returned home pumped up with some new ideas and crops to try. I know no other organization with a membership so open to sharing their experience, strength, and hope with each other as the ASCFG. The workshops and Thinking about the National Conference in Vancouver and what a wonderful, well organized, and informative meeting it was. Great job, Roy Snow and the Northwest Gang!
    
As always, I returned home pumped up with some new ideas and crops to try. I know no other organization with a membership so open to sharing their experience, strength, and hope with each other as the ASCFG. The workshops and tours were wonderful, but I got the most bang for my buck by hanging out with fellow growers in between sessions over lunch, dinner, and (of course) the evening cocktail hour.
    
The cost-saving tip this year came from Dave Lines. On the bus to the field and greenhouse tours we talked about how to control the weeds in my larkspur beds. Dave shared his method. After he sows the crop, he places a small pane of glass over a corner of the bed, creating a mini greenhouse effect in that square foot. As soon as the larkspur comes up under the glass, he sprays Roundup over the crop to kill off any weed seedling just before the larkspur emerges. If the weeds still get away from him, he places a piece of gutter piping over the row and sprays the crop again. Being new in farming, I am still learning some of the simple tricks of the trade. The labor saved by less time with a strip hoe was well worth the trip! Thanks Dave!
    
Rose hips were the hot crop that I came home wanting to try. I also came across a supplier, Chris Floyd at Oregon Flowers. He just called to update me on the availability of rose hips. The connection, the networking, and the support are priceless.
    
I also spent time with Will Moore, the new owner of Bent Oak Farms (formerly Here and Now Gardens). We talked about their new crop selections and I will be placing my order soon.
    
Something different that I’m experimenting with is a collaboration that began in Vancouver, with Ray Gray and Sunset Flowers of New Zealand.  During the time of year when I usually have no flowers or income, I am currently importing flowers from New Zealand. Last week I purchased peonies for $1.60 a stem and resold them for $3.50 each. Peonies are normally unavailable to florists in central Missouri during the peak holiday periods of November and December. The florists are loving these and I had a florist call today to place an advance order! Sounds like a win-win to me.
    
I could continue – it was the most packed 6 days I’ve had all season. The ASCFG Conference and Regional Meetings are more than a necessary priority for my business. Speaking of Regional Meetings, we had a good Midwest get-together. We talked about keeping the meetings around the weekend before or immediately after the Fourth of July. We are looking at Sherman Nursery as our tour destination. More information will be forthcoming.
    
As another season at WildThang Farms is beginning, I can’t help but think about all of you who have contributed to the success of this farm, and how fortunate I am to be a part of such a fantastic organization.

Mimo Davis

Mimo Davis WildThang Farms 14150 Bob Veach Road Ashland, MO 650109317 phone (573) 657-7019 fax (573) 657-0620 [email protected]