A couple months ago we shared that Trisha's Flowers became members of The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, an organization created to provide flower growers with helpful resources and mutually benefiting connections with each other. ASCFG formed in 1988 and has grown to include more than 700 flower farmers all sharing their expertise and learning together. We are thrilled to be included in this community and have already gleaned so much practical information to help us grow better flowers.
In September, Trisha jumped at an opportunity to attend an ASCFG Growers Intensive in Virginia. Some of the best cut flower growers on the east coast were teaching from their many years of experience and Trish got to walk through their farms and see first hand how they operate. The trainings included sessions on irrigation, bouquet making, growing flowers that thrive in the cooler seasons, seed starting, cover crops, and tips for improving the farmer to florist relationship.
Valuable connections were made and there was a sense of camaraderie among all the growers who attended that was very refreshing and valuable as everyone was willing to share their successes and struggles in flower farming. The whole experience was tremendously helpful and Trish was able to walk away with a wealth of practical information about how to grow flowers more wisely; some of which we have already begun to implement in our gardens!