The Flower Farmer

An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, 2nd Edition

Author: Lynn Byczynski

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 160358076X

Category: Gardening

Page: 284

View: 4881

The domestic cut flower business has experienced a renaissance in the past decade, thanks in large part to the first edition of The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, which helped thousands of small growers start successful businesses. This newly expanded and thoroughly revised edition will be equally as influential for novices and experienced growers alike. With the cut flower business growing at record rates, demand is at all time highs, challenging growers to take advantage of new techniques to prolong the harvest. New sections on utilizing greenhouses, recommendations for flower cultivars, and post harvest handling growers throughout all of North America will help improve their bottom line. Also updated is the acclaimed resource directory, complete with sources of seeds, plants and supplies, and expert information on organic production under the National Organic Program. For the beginner and backyard gardener, there is an extensive section on the basics—variety selection, soil preparation, planting, cultivation, harvest, and floral design. For the commercial grower, The Flower Farmer includes information about larger-scale production, plus advice about selling to florists, wholesalers, supermarkets, brides, at farmers markets, and more. Also includes revised profiles of successful growers offering behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of some of the cutting edge flower farmers in the country. Because of the extensive revisions and enhanced content, this new edition of The Flower Farmer is essential reading for those already in the flower business, as well as those who dream of growing flowers for enjoyment or profit.

Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

Author: Sarah Raven

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448142121

Category: Gardening

Page: 144

View: 8997

Grow Your Own CUT FLOWERS distils everything Sarah Raven has learnt in five years of testing and cultivating the best possible cut flowers for growing at home. If you want to grow your own cut flowers, there could be no better guide in the world. The book ties-in with an eight-part five-minute mini-series on Gardeners World in spring 2002. Grow Your Own CUT FLOWERS is for the flower arranger who wants to grow their own flowers, but has never gardened before, and for the gardener who knows how to grow their own flowers, but wants ideas to fill a house with their harvest. It demystifies the world of floristry, giving away all the insiders' tips on sowing seed, conditioning flowers and making simple, but stylish arrangements a tied bunch, a large vase, a table centre and more elaborate party flowers. No alarming terms, complex procedures or slabs of wordy text here Grow Your Own Cut Flowers is written more like a cookery book with recipes than a traditional gardening book. Illustrated with over 250 striking colour photographs by Jonathan Buckley, Grow Your Own Cut Flowers is stylish and inspirational as well as practical and accessible. THE AUTHOR WILL UNDERTAKE TO AMERICANIZE THE TEXT FOR ANY CO-EDITIONS.

Market Farming Success

The Business of Growing and Selling Local Food

Author: Lynn Byczynski

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603583866

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 275

View: 8020

Market Farming Success is an indispensable guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs, or plants. Condensing decades of growing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, Lynn Byczynski - editor and publisher of Growing for Market - identifies crucial areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles. This book differentiates between market gardens, market farms, and vegetable farms, offering a concise and useful overview of how to find land, select and grow crops, acquire appropriate equipment, and market your produce, as well as tackle recordkeeping, insurance, and other fundamental business topics.--COVER.

Garden to Vase

Growing and Using Your Own Cut Flowers

Author: Linda Beutler

Publisher: Timber Press (OR)

ISBN: 0881928259

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 304

View: 6697

An accomplished gardener and florist, Linda Beutler offers unique insights into creating inspired floral arrangements and growing the plants that go into them. Creative uses for plants in your garden; techniques for harvesting and preparing cut flowers; "bouquet basics"; and arrangements for special occasions are included, with detailed descriptions of more than 200 outstanding plants.

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden

Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Author: Erin Benzakein

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452150931

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 308

View: 6622

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements. With irresistible photos of Erin's flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms, tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates as well as step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral décor for every season, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden informs and entices gardeners of all skill levels.

The Flower Farmer's Year

How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit

Author: Georgie Newbery

Publisher: Green Books

ISBN: 9780857842336

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 4621

Grow your own cut flowers and you can fill your house with the gorgeous colours and heavenly scents of your favourite blooms, knowing that they haven't travelled thousands of miles - and you can make money while you do it! Combining boundless passion with down-to-earth guidance and practical advice, Georgie Newbery draws on her own experiences as an artisan flower farmer and florist as she takes you through: * how to start a cut-flower patch * what to grow * cutting, conditioning and presenting cut fl owers * creating a hedgerow Christmas * starting a cut-fl ower business * where to sell * marketing and social media * a flower farmer's year planner. Whether you want to grow for your own pleasure or start your own business, The Flower Farmer's Year is the perfect guide.

Postharvest Handling and Storage of Cut Flowers, Florist Greens, and Potted Plants

Author: Joanna Nowak

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401066761

Category: Science

Page: 210

View: 4608

We initiated research studies on the postharvest physiology of cut flowers almost 20 years ago, when the floriculture industry in Poland began to grow. At that time, like most flower growers in our country, we discovered cut flowers preserve their good appearance longer if kept in a vase with water rather than in dry storage. We then began intensive reading of various horticultural and other specialty journals, and we learned that many scientists had made the same dis covery long before and had gone even further, showing that sucrose and certain chemicals added to the vase water prolong the vase life of flowers much better than water alone. In the meantime, we learned that in the Netherlands, the United States, Israel, and elsewhere, great progress has been made in the postharvest treatment of flowers through the use of floral preserva tives; grading, packing, and transportation procedures; and the organization of trade. In all these countries, researchers generously offered their information to growers, wholesalers, florists, and indi vidual flower lovers eager to improve flower quality and keepability. We collected much of the practical information from various countries with the intention of using it in research projects con cerning the postharvest physiology of floricultural commodities.

Deadhead

The Bindweed Way to Grow Flowers

Author: Jeriann Sabin; Ralph Thurston

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1504979680

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 194

View: 5812

If every American flower grower wrote a book like Deadhead, you’d have a complete, inside view of flower farming. Deadhead’s contents, one slice of that view, will assist both those interested in flower farming and those already in the business—no matter if they live in cold areas like short-summer Idaho or in warm southern climes. Several years ago an employee made shirts for Bindweed Farm that read “The Bindweed Way: 9104 experiments, 0 mistakes”, referring to Bindweed’s philosophy of shrugging off errors and turning them into sources of success. We move fast on Bindweed Farm so mistakes happen, sometimes with surprising results—often the wrong way of doing something works out better. We’ve learned a lot from our experiments, and we hope those shared in this book inspire you to make some of your own, so you can be deadheading home from your sales route with an empty truck, full of satisfaction. You can visit the authors at bindweedfarm.com.

The Cob Builders Handbook

You Can Hand-sculpt Your Own Home

Author: Becky Bee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780965908207

Category: House & Home

Page: 173

View: 2857

Cob (an old English word for lump) is old-fashioned concrete, made out of a mixture of clay, sand, and straw. Becky Bee's manual is a friendly guide to making your own earth structure, with chapters on design, foundations, floors, windows and doors, finishes, and of course, making glorious cob. "I believe that building with cob is a way to recreate community and experience the joy of working together while taking back the right to build our own homes and look after our Mother Earth." She loves doing something that makes sense in a world where lots of things don't.

Tomorrow's Table

Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

Author: Pamela C. Ronald,R. W. Adamchak

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199756698

Category: Science

Page: 232

View: 8557

By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production. Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems. This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Slow Flowers

Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm

Author: Debra Prinzing

Publisher: St Lynns Press

ISBN: 9780983272687

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 143

View: 6236

Arranged by seasons, describes how to create fifty-two bouquets using only locally sources materials.

Field Grown Cut Flowers

A Practical Guide and Sourcebook : Commercial Field Grown, Fresh and Dried Cut Flower Production

Author: Alan B. Stevens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Gardening

Page: 395

View: 9143

Both beginning and advanced growers will find this volume an indispensable guide to producing fresh and dried cut flowers outdoors. It also includes details on production systems and the labor requirements needed to get the job done. Information on how to grow eight of the most popular outdoor-produced cut flowers is also featured.

The Flower Chef

A Modern Guide to Do-It-Yourself Floral Arrangements

Author: Carly Cylinder

Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style

ISBN: 1455555509

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 224

View: 4215

THE FLOWER CHEF is a modern, comprehensive guide to floral design that caters to all readers--from beginners who have never worked with flowers before and are looking for a new creative outlet, to decorators, party planners and photographers looking to liven up their spaces. Even professionals will find ways to update their techniques! This book teaches you everything you need to know about flower arranging including tips on how to buy and care for flowers, how to cut and prepare them, and how to use floral foam, vases, and various other decorative elements in your arrangements. Filled with beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions on how to create over 80 different arrangements, this is the go-to guide to floral design that every flower lover will want to add to their collection.

Growing and Selling Fresh-cut Herbs

Author: Sandie Shores

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781883052362

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 483

View: 727

This definitive guide for those looking to start or expand their own herb business focuses entirely on fresh-cut herbs for the grower who supplies restaurants or supermarkets, vends at farmers markets, or sells from her own retail space. Discussed are the value of a business plan and how to find the right niche for the business. Whether selling to supermarkets, wholesalers, brokers, or caterers, growers will benefit from these business tips. Valuable advice is provided on financing; honoring local zoning laws; creating invoices and packing slips; managing employees; pricing and marketing; maintaining accounts; and increasing business. All aspects of building a greenhouse are addressed, from selecting a prime location and building a structure to the equipment needed to grow, including lights, thermostats, benches, and irrigation systems. Other topics include growing and nurturing plants from germination through harvest; assessing the needs of different herb crops and edible flowers; and harvesting and packaging the finished product. For more information, visit www.freshcutherbs.com

Taming Wildflowers

Bringing the Beauty and Splendor of Nature's Blooms Into Your Own Backyard

Author: Miriam Goldberger

Publisher: St Lynns Press

ISBN: 9780985562267

Category: Gardening

Page: 194

View: 6942

Easily cultivate wildflowers in your own garden...and have a year-after-year supply of gorgeous flowers at your fingertips. Wildflower farmer and floral designer Miriam Goldberger is here to show you how.

Specialty Cut Flowers

The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers

Author: Allan M. Armitage,Judy M. Laushman

Publisher: Timber Press (OR)

ISBN: 9780881929768

Category: Gardening

Page: 586

View: 5644

This indispensable reference for growers is greatly revised and expanded, and brings together all the information needed to propagate and cultivate eye-catching plants.

Handpicked

Simple, Sustainable, and Seasonal Flower Arrangements

Author: Ingrid Carozzi

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1683350065

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 160

View: 8391

Brooklyn-based florist Ingrid Carozzi reveals her secrets for creating flower arrangements that are modern, original, and organic in style. Organized by season, the book presents simple step-by-step instruction (how to measure, cut, and place each bloom) for making more than 35 arrangements. Whether you want to learn how to work with chicken wire and tape to create a simple framework or try your hand at arranging delicate and oversize blooms, Carozzi offers a detailed tutorial on her tricks of the trade. Readers are encouraged to source, make, or upcycle unexpected containers, such as rough-hewn wooden crates or vintage pots, jars, and vases. Full of natural floral compositions that marry the modern with the rustic, Handpicked is a lushly photographed, practical guide to creating your own exceptional flower arrangements at home.

Cut Flowers

A Practical Guide to Their Selection and Care

Author: Susan Whale

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780956871336

Category:

Page: 172

View: 3070

The Cut Flower Patch

Grow your own cut flowers all year round

Author: Louise Curley

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711234758

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

View: 7257

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as cutting flowers for your home, and this fresh take on the subject, full of tips and advice, shows that a cut flower patch is the most economical and eco-friendly way to enjoy cut flowers today. Starting in spring with seeds, bulbs, perennials and even shrubs, Louise shows you how to create the most diverse displays, from subtle bunches to armfuls of blossom. Full of advice on what to grow – from favourite hardy annuals, half hardies and biennials to spring and summer bulbs to adding foliage and fillers to balance arrangements – and suggestions on how and when to sow, how to support your plants and tips on weeding, deadheading, pests and feeding, plus step-by-step plans and guidance on making a cutting patch in a garden or allotment, this complete guide is everything you need to create the most beautiful and fragrant cut flower displays, every month of the year. Providing growing information on more than 100 plants for foliage and flowers plus expert tips and time-saving tricks that allow you to dive in at the deep-end, this inspiring guide will help you transform a small patch of ground, be it on an allotment or in a garden, into a cut flower patch which produces flowers from early spring to late autumn.

The Flower Workshop

Lessons in Arranging Blooms, Branches, Fruits, and Foraged Materials

Author: Ariella Chezar,Julie Michaels

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607747669

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 256

View: 732

Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book not only provides step-by-step instructions for 50 stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular, but also equips readers with the skills to customize arrangements at home. Whether hosting a party, helping out with a friend's wedding, or wishing to incorporate the beauty of flowers into everyday life, The Flower Workshop allows you to create dazzling arrangements that go beyond merely pretty and into realms of the dramatic, the unexpected, and sometimes even the magical. Written by a celebrated floral designer and lavishly illustrated with full-color photography, this book not only provides step-by-step instructions for more than forty-five stunning floral projects from simple to spectacular, but also equips you with the skills to customize arrangements at home. Known for her hands-on flower workshops at FlowerSchool New York, Ariella Chezar walks you through the nuts and bolts of creating a variety of small flourishes, tonal arrangements, branch arrangements, handheld bouquets, wreathes, garlands, grand gestures, and more—all accompanied by detailed photography. Chezar offers advice and philosophy on everything from texture and color to foliage and containers, providing an overall approach to living and working with flowers, with an eye toward fresh, local, wild, seasonally influenced floral design. For every occasion, from relaxed and simple to lavish and monumental, The Flower Workshop celebrates the special moments in your life with glorious, fragrant floral arrangements and enhances your surroundings with abundant beauty. From the Hardcover edition.