The ASCFG Welcomes its Newest Members

Karen Ackerman, Flowers Galore, Camden, MI
Josefina Alcala, Richmond, TX
Teresa Biagi, Hazelfield Farm, Worthville, KY
Lynne Blackman, Mount Laurel, NJ
Ann Bodling, Accokeek, MD
Tari Botto, Malone, NY
Jill Bower, Erie Way Tree Farm, Holley, NY
Carla Bruce, Willow Oak Wedding Flowers, Forest, VA
Susan Bruss, Olli’s Farm, Hartwick, NY
Steve & Lori Bulla, Ozark Grown Flower Farms, Fayetteville, AR
Lisa Carle, Pyramid Farms, Chico, CA
Megan Chase, Chase Farm, Freedom, ME
Karen Clodfelter, Circle K Ranch, Randleman, NC
Amanda & Matthew Cook, Cook’s Market, Lawrence, KS
Diana Cowdery, Mae Flowers, Beacon, NY
Cindy Creps, Meadow Ridge Perennial Farm, Hebron, ME
Diana Dodd, Good Earth Flower Farm, Buchanan, TN
John and Tish Erdmann, Erdmann Farm, Christiana, TN
Charlotte Everett, Happy Returns, Carthage, NY
Sophie Felts, Flowers Among the Trees, Gaithersburg, MD
Jethro Fisher, Fisher’s Greenhouse, Gordonville, PA
Libby Francis, The Modest Florist, Baltimore, MD
Jacqueline Fulcomer, Willoway Farm, Fredonia, WI
Julie Gotwals, Detweiler Homestead Farm, Telford, PA
Jo Lynn and John Graham, Loggy Bayou Fern House, Loushatta, LA
Jennifer Guerin, Lincoln, RI
Joanne Halter, Mistik Acres, Alvena, SK, CANADA
Kimberly Hapgood-White, Pepperell, MA
Kathleen Hatfield, Wellington, CO
Mary Helfrich, Nashville, TN
Gill Hodgson, Field House Farm, York, Humberside, UK
Soni Holladay, Houston, TX
Connie Homerick, The Iris Patch, Lucas, OH
Jerry Horton, Down Home Ranch, Elgin, TX 
Stephanie Hughes, San Francisco, CA 
Bill Jarrell, Green Wagon Farm, Surry, NH
Kathryn Klotzbach, Lyndonville, NY
Darlene Koonce, Sugar Berry Hill Farm, Covington, TX
Carolyn Lacerra, Petaluma, CA
Lennie Larkin, Petaluma Bounty Comm. Farm, Sebastopol, CA
Jill LaVigne, Bower Bird Farm, Austin, TX
Jan Lorrey, Nature’s Garden, Newbury, MA
Julie Lueck, Tuttle, OK
Kathy Madison, Sodus Point, NY
Jennifer Maloney, Dayspring Farm, Topping, VA
Robert Martin, Diamond Ridge Peonies, Homer, AK
Annette McGuffey, A Country Rose Florist, Tallahassee, FL
Marina Michahelles, Red Hook, NY
Emily Monahan, Cooperstown, NY
Ashley Morren, Holland, MI
Peggy Heath Ogilvy, Windsor, VT
Mary Perry, Winterberry Farm, Belgrade, ME
Keith Pierpont, Pierpont’s Blossom Farm, Baiting Hollow, NY
Bud Power, Bud’s Plants and Vegetables, Panola, TX
Martha Reed, Vinalhaven, ME
Ivelisse Rivera, Darthia Farm, Gouldsboro, ME
Gary Saathoff, Devine, TX
Jamie Sammons, Jayflora Designs, Fonda, NJ
Alethea Segal, Hauser Creek Farm, High Point, NC
Myra Shoemake and Chip Woodiel, Willow Wood Farms, Cookeville, TN
Diana Simon, Wellesley, MA
Katie Smaglinski, The Rustic Bunch, Leesport, PA
Dawn Smith, Bellaire Blooms, Bellaire, MI
Katy Thelen, Happy as a Coneflower Farm LLC, Cary, NC
Nadine Williams, Flower Ridge Farm, Harrisburg,
Joe Zappia, Clyde, Victoria, Australia

Thanks for the Good Word

You connected some of our new members to the ASCFG! 

Gretel and Steve Adams
Pamela Arnosky
Erin Benzakein
Christof Bernau
Lynn Byczynski
Alicain Carlson
Linda Chapman
Leah Cook
John Dole
Dave Dowling
Butch and Elizabeth Eggers
John Erdmann
Ray Gray
Nancy Hanmer
Stephanie Hughes
Polly Hutchison
Grace Lam
Vicki Lander
Carol Larsen
Jennie Love
Mary Marston
Robert McNiel
Michael M. Mellano
Deena Miller
Roena Moore
Debra Prinzing
Kate Sparks
Diane Szukovathy
Emily Watson
Michael Wells
Dennis Westphall
Chris Wien

2014 Grower Grant Winners

The ASCFG has awarded grants to members who will perform on-farm research.

Even growers in Mississippi need to heat their hoophouses. Tanis and Rick Clifton of Happy Trails Flower Farm in Dennis, Mississippi, want to provide an economical and portable heat source for a target area inside an existing hoophouse. This will increase the likelihood of expected target date for out-of-season flowers for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas. They will install a hydronic radiant heat system for lily production.

Ron and Marjorie Illingworth of North Pole Peonies in North Pole, Alaska, will monitor stress levels of peony plants using infrared thermometers to determine best irrigation practices, including frequency of delivery and water quantity. Their goal is to improve the quality of peony plants, given the changing and unpredictable climate.

Are smaller sunflowers just as desirable as larger ones? Paula Rice of BeeHaven Farm in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, believes so. In her multi-year project, she will be manipulating growing conditions of several cultivars of branching sun-flowers to find those with potential for producing smaller flower heads.

2014 Dave Dowling Scholarship Winners

Two students were named scholarship winners this year.

Josh Pecukonis is majoring in environmental horticultural science at Montana State University in Bozeman. When he was younger, he started his own business called All Smiles Plant Farm, where he grew annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, trees and shrubs, and  specialized in drought-tolerant perennials and xeriscaping.  He sold plants and flower arrangements at the local farmers’ market. He plans to continue his horticulture experiences at a cut flower facility.

Also getting an early start in floriculture, Madolyn Wynn has designed flowers for sale at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, and for events at the University of Arkansas. She manages the cut flower production on her parents’ farm. Madolyn appreciates the joy that cut flowers bring to people and makes it her goal to smiles on others’ faces.

Join the Board!
The summer you’ll have the chance to elect – and run for – positions on the ASCFG Board of Directors. In 2014, we’ll vote for Secretary and Treasurer (to serve two years), and Directors for the Midwest, and South & Central Regions (to serve three years). For more information, contact the ASCFG. If you’re interested, throw your hat in the ring. We’d love to have you with us!

Save Your Space at the Fall Growers’ School
If you’ve been a flower farmer for fewer than five years, and are interested in attending the Growers’ School on October 19, apply for an ASCFG scholarship. Ten scholarships will be awarded this year. Each will provide $100 toward the cost of the Growers’ School registration ($150); applicants should be prepared to pay the remaining $50. The scholarship may not be applied to the cost of meals or lodging at the Conference. Open only to ASCFG members.

The deadline for applications is July 1; successful applicants will be notified August 1.

Find the application form at the ASCFG web site under the Events tab.

Keep an Eye on the Site
Watch the ASCFG web page for updates on the 2014 National Conference and Trade Show,  suppliers to the cut flower industry, and activities from the American Grown task force.

Clarification: On page 19 of the Winter 2014 issue, a photo was captioned ‘Sweet Black Cherry’. It is a mix of dianthus cultivars, one of which is ‘Sweet Black Cherry’.