Most non-profit organizations rely heavily on volunteers for the success of their operations. The ASCFG is certainly one of these.

I’ve been fortunate to work with nearly 100 different ASCFG Board members over the course of my career. We’ve all been enriched by their creativity, support, and commitment to the organization, and to its individual members. They have spent countless hours in windowless hotel meeting rooms, fine-tuning budgets. They’ve held spirited debates on Cut Flower of the Year nominees. They organize farm tours, and help us remind you to renew your membership.

Many Regional Directors take time to contact their own growers to learn the news straight from them, then share in their Regional Reports. It’s hard to count how many national conference and regional meeting sessions have been presented by Board members since 1988.

Remember, though, that these fine people are first cut flower growers, or otherwise involved in the floral industry, then volunteers for the organization. While they will likely, and usually do, bend over backwards to answer emails about production, or talk a new grower through a market setup, they have their own businesses to run, and should not be considered on-demand reference librarians! If you have questions that you simply cannot find answers to online, from reference books, or from other growers, and a Board member  seems the next logical source of information, please be considerate of his or her time, and be prepared as you can before contacting them.

We’re all here to serve you, and want to be sure we’re providing the best information possible for the good of all our members!

Writers Welcome!

We’ve read your blogs. We see your Facebook posts. We know many ASCFG members are not only outstanding cut flower growers, you are also pretty handy with a pen and paper. Or a monitor and a mouse.

In the past few years, we’ve been fortunate to receive submissions from growers about a range of topics of interest to our members; this issue of the Quarterly boasts one about low tunnel construction, and another about a perennial topic of discussion—cut flower pricing.

What’s on your mind these days? Have you found a new method for seeding, transplanting, cutting, or handling your flowers?  What is your absolute favorite—or most profitable—cut flower species or variety?

Send an outline of your proposed article to Judy at [email protected] and we’ll talk!