Peony Growers Receive Grants for On-farm Research
Two Alaska peony farms were chosen to receive funding from the ASCFG
To save new growers from making cost mistakes when establishing cut flower peony operations, Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony in Fritz Creek is expanding her current web site to include the basics of peony production, including discussions of soil, location, fertigation, variety selection, post-harvest treatment options, and market planning. All growers will benefit from this “how to” information.

In Interior Alaska, it is not uncommon for winter temperatures to dip to -40F or more for several weeks at a time. Accurate temperate recordings are essential in determining the efficacy of winter mulch (straw, or frost blankets) on peony plants. David and Jill Russell, of Boreal Peonies in Two Rivers, will determine if mulching with straw or frost blankets makes a significant difference at root bud level (2 inches below ground) compared to snow cover or no treatment.

Following Her Passion to a Cut Flower Career
“By converting my hobby into a career, I am truly following my bliss and know my success will be measured through my passion, drive, and spirit.”

So Lauren Behrmann, a student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, concluded one section of her application for the Dave Dowling Scholarship. The ASCFG Board was so impressed by her eloquence, experience, and organization, that they awarded her the Scholarship for 2015.

 

Lauren is majoring in plant and soil science with an emphasis in horticulture, and minoring in general business—a pretty smart combination for any aspiring cut flower grower. She has worked at a local nursery, and in the university greenhouses.

Congratulations to Lauren, and welcome to the ASCFG!

 

Keep an Eye on the Site
Watch for the launching of the new Members Only portal of www.ascfg.org.  The best part of the redesign is that past articles from The Cut Flower Quarterly will be easily searchable by keyword. Access to the Bulletin Board, Community Network, videos, ASCFG documents, and much more will be easily found and ready to explore!

Meet the ASCFG’s Record -Breaking List of Newest Members!
Erica Maust and Andrew Olson, Chicory Florals, Philadelphia, PA
Britton Barbee, Prospect Hill Farm, Bumpass, VA
Irene Berkowitz, Treadlight Farm, Bovina Center, NY
Jane Berry, Ottawa Lake, MI
Elizabeth Blackburn, Dizzy Lizzie’s Farm, Erieville, NY
Michelle Bolton, Memphis, TN
Shelly Brubaker, Little Creek Valley, New Paris, OH
Shailah Bunce, Chatham, MI
Mary Ann Burk, The Barn Swallow, Charlottesville, VA
Michelle Burrows, AACT High School, Reno, NV
Tom Caan, Fred C. Gloeckner & Co., Inc., Mechanicsburg, PA
Arla Casselman, Warren, ME
Seth Chapin, Napa, CA
Durga Chigurupati, Patra Designs, Beachwood, OH
Sarah Clarkson, Northport, NS
Jackie Coldsmith, Taneytown, MD
Karen Colini, Chagrin Falls,  OH
Colie Collen, Flower Scout, Troy, NY
Krishana Collins, Tea Lane Farm, Chilmark, MA
Tania Cubberly, Windrose Flowers, Old Mill Creek, IL
Janet Czarnecki, Redwood Roots Farm, Arcata, CA
Jessica Dabandan, Tracy, CA
Cheryl T.Daman, Springville, IA
Penny Day, Three D Farms, Arnoldsville, GA
Sarah Desmedt, Bloom Flower Farm, Nokesville, VA
Debbie Dyer, Louisville, KY
Lindsey and Kenny Easton, L. Easton and Company, Wimauma, FL
Anne Everitt, Fort Collins, CO
Lindsey Fares, Petal and Pine Design, Owensboro, KY
Amanda Filsinger, HMR Designs, Chicago, IL
Jason Fischbach, Ashland, WI
Karen Flowers, Our Table, Sherwood, OR
Jill and Keith Forrester, Whitton Farms, Tyronza, AR
John Fowler, Newtown, PA
Wanda Fox, Fox Flower Market, Richmond, IL
Amanda Frankewicz, Alluring Blooms, Madison, WI
Mary Ganous, Arlington, VA
Ashley Gibson, Austin, TX

Rachel Gordon, Taproot Flowers, Brooklyn, NY
Philippe Grondier, Montluel Rhone-Alps, France
Katie Gustafson, Greenstone Fields, Lancaster, PA
Mary Louise Hagler, MLCH Garden, Augusta, GA
Sarah Herritage, Medford, MA
LeeAnn Huber, Coseytown Flowers, Greencastle, PA
Danica Jones, Shelton, WA
Kristin L. Jones, Laurel Leigh Gardening, Winston-Salem, NC
Linda Jones, Wegmans Organic Farm, Canandaigua, NY
Liza Judge, August Farm, Rochester, WA
John Keeton, Geneva, NY

Robert King, Troy, MO
Daan Kneppers, Green Works Int., Schagen, The Netherlands
Brian Lapinski, Down to Earth Farm, Jacksonville, FL
Adrienne Lee, Bella Donna Floral, Knox, ME
Sharon Leissner, FreshGro Herb Flower Farm, Plano, TX
Jason Levin, Dos Gringos, Vista, CA
Kirsten Liebl, Essex Farm, Essex, NY
Andrea Loewen, Morning Glory Acres, Hardinsburg, IN
Curtis and Janet Louie, Green Valley Floral, Salinas, CA
Diego Lozada, Smith & Smith Farms, Dayton, NV
Anna Mack, Wild & Cultivated, Housatonic, MA
Erica Maust, Chicory Florals, Philadephia, PA
Janelle McCrackin, Morning Song Farm, Stanwood, WA
Lindsey and Joshua McCullough, Red Twig Farm, Johnstown, OH
Sarah Monteiro, Farmhand Flowers, Germantown, NY
Tresa Moyers, Bonita, LA
Becky Newton, Decatur, IL
Bahiyyah Parks, Ecoblossoms Farm, Upper Marlboro, MD
Emily Anne Polhemus, Blomster Field Farm, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Katherine A. Polhemus, Blomster Field Farm, Carmichaels, PA
Amy Pomaro, Kehoe Designs, Chicago, IL
Shanti Rade, Whipstone Farm, Paulden, AZ
Carolina Ramirez, The USA Bouquet, Miami, FL
Gail Read, Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, RI
Carolyn Rech, Magpie Grove Farm, West Sacramento, CA
Ginny Ryder, Redwood Roots Farm, McKinleyville, CA
John and Cynthia Schoustra, Greenwood Daylily Gardens, Somis, CA
Stephen Sehlhorst, Green Acres, Cincinnati, OH
Marta Shearin, Rose Path Gardens, Corinth, MS
Mary Slingluff, Avalon Gardens Nursery, Chardon, OH
Danielle Smith, Bear Root Herb Farm, Florence, MA
Judy Stevens, Golden Russet Farm, Shoreham, VT
Cyndee Stusiak, Granite Bay, CA
Laura Dison and Sylvia Ganier, Green Door Gourmet, Nashville, TN
Jenny Taylor, Jubilee Flower Farm, Havana, FL
Renee Thompson, Hurrah Flowers, Grants Pass, OR
Eileen Tongson, Farmgal Flowers, Orlando, FL
Mara Tyler, Lincoln University, PA
Casandra Van Nest, Ypsilanti, MI
Cathy Washbush, Flower Time by Two, Seymour, IN
Dave Weeks, La Casa Verde Produce, Cedar, MI
Sharon Wells, Sweethaven Farm, Ashfield, MA
Rickie White, Hurdle Mills, NC
Tobie Whitman, Little Acre Flowers, Washington, DC
Pressly Williams, Renfrow Farm, Matthews, NC
Karen Wilson, Franklin, TN
Ben Wolbach, Skinny Dip Farm, Little Compton, RI
Karin Woodward, Haute Horticulture, Arlington, TN
Jennifer K. Zapadka, Rose Girl, Ltd., Casstown, OH

Call for Mentors!
The ASCFG is launching a new and exciting program in the coming year! We’re developing a formal mentorship program to match our more experienced members with newer members just getting started with their flower farming endeavors. It’s a great way to give back to our community and create lasting, rewarding relationships with the next generation of flower farmers. While the program is set to officially launch in the fall, we want to begin gathering a list of mentors now. Mentors will be matched with a newer grower for two years, to communicate via email and phone, and ideally visit each other’s farms at least once, sharing experiences and building a supportive relationship. Matches will be made based on location and shared business models. Mentors will be compensated for their time. Interested? Contact the ASCFG at [email protected].


Are You Up to the Task?
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.      Erma Bombeck

Writing for The Cut Flower Quarterly. Planning and organizing national and regional meetings. Creating new programs and services for ASCFG members. These tasks and many more are accomplished by a volunteer Board of Directors. If you’re grateful for the time and energy past Boards have donated to the ASCFG, help lighten the burden, and contribute by serving on the Board.

This summer you’ll have the chance to run for ASCFG President or Vice-president (to serve three years), and Director for the West and Northwest Region (to serve three years). According to the bylaws, candidates for President must have previously served on the Board.

For much more information and background, contact the ASCFG office. We’ll be happy to fill you in!

Thanks for the Good Word   You connected some of our new members to the ASCFG!
Gretel Adams
Frank Arnosky
Nellie Ashmore
Maureen Azize
Lynn Byczynski
Leah Cook
Angela DeFelice
Linda Doan
Diana Doll
Ellen Frost
Polly Hutchison
Cathy Jones
Ella King
Ko Klaver
Barbara Lamborne
Lennie Larkin
Andrew Lee
Jennie Love
Foxie Morgan
Mandy O’Shea
Monika Roth
Mary Ellen Sherfey
Brenda Smith
Tina Smith
Kate Sparks
Doug Trott
Chris Wien
Lisa Ziegler

Special thanks go to those who so contributed their time, effort, and talents to the Spring Grower Intensives in Athens and San Jose. These meetings could not happen without their generous participation.
Rita Anders
Frank Arnosky
Christof Bernau
Alicain Carlson
Tanis Clifton
Continental Floral Greens
Davis Floral
Mimo Davis
Elizabeth Dean
John Dole
Diana Doll
Golden State Bulb Growers
Peter Hartel
Headstart Nursery
Tom Heston
Charles Hendrick
Travis Hootman
Kitayama Brothers
Lennie Larkin
Jennie Love
Donna Mills
Paula Rice
Diana Roy
Rita Jo Shoultz
Joan Thorndike
3 Porch Farm
Tom Wikstrom
Woodland Gardens
Alexa Wright

Looking for Employees or Interns? Now is the time to find the best help for your cut flower farm. Online classified ads are free for ASCFG members. Check out the “Classified” page under the Resources tab at www.ascfg.org. Whether you are hiring paid employees, or offering on-farm experience to interns interested in a cut flower career themselves, send the text of your ad to us at [email protected] and we’ll post it for you!