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The Flower Farmer

The Flower Farmer Author Lynn Byczynski
ISBN-10 9781603580762
Release 2008-02-22
Pages 284
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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

Grow Your Own Cut Flowers Author Sarah Raven
ISBN-10 9781448142125
Release 2016-05-19
Pages 144
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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

Market Farming Success Author Lynn Byczynski
ISBN-10 9781603583862
Release 2013
Pages 275
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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

Garden to Vase Author Linda Beutler
ISBN-10 9780881928259
Release 2007
Pages 304
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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.



The Flower Farmer s Year

The Flower Farmer s Year Author Georgie Newbery
ISBN-10 0857842331
Release 2015-02-01
Pages 224
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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.



Deadhead

Deadhead Author Jeriann Sabin; Ralph Thurston
ISBN-10 9781504979689
Release 2016-02-17
Pages 194
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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 Organic Farmer s Business Handbook

The Organic Farmer s Business Handbook Author Richard Wiswall
ISBN-10 9781603582490
Release 2009-10-09
Pages 224
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Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder. In The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. From his twenty-seven years of experience at Cate Farm in Vermont, Wiswall knows firsthand the joys of starting and operating an organic farm—as well as the challenges of making a living from one. Farming offers fundamental satisfaction from producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. But, unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming; because of this, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustrating—and often avoidable—losses. In this comprehensive business kit, Wiswall covers: Step-by-step procedures to make your crop production more efficient Advice on managing employees, farm operations, and office systems Novel marketing strategies What to do with your profits: business spending, investing, and planning for retirement A companion CD offers valuable business tools, including easy-to-use spreadsheets for projecting cash flow, a payroll calculator, comprehensive crop budgets for forty different crops, and tax planners.



Floret Farm s Cut Flower Garden

Floret Farm s Cut Flower Garden Author Erin Benzakein
ISBN-10 9781452150932
Release 2017-03-07
Pages 308
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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.



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

Postharvest Handling and Storage of Cut Flowers  Florist Greens  and Potted Plants Author Joanna Nowak
ISBN-10 9401066760
Release 2011-10-19
Pages 210
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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.



Tomorrow s Table

Tomorrow s Table Author Pamela C. Ronald
ISBN-10 0199756694
Release 2008-04-18
Pages 232
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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.



Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers

Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers Author Lynn Byczynski
ISBN-10 0977978133
Release 2014-01-01
Pages 112
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Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers is a complete guide to using local flowers for weddings. It was created for the eco-conscious couple committed to having a greener wedding, the passionate gardener who wants to grow flowers for events, the floral designer who wishes to jump in on the locally grown trend, and the specialty cut flower farmer who will be offering wedding services. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from dozens of actual weddings, this book provides advice on where to find local flowers, what blooms are available in each season, how to stretch a floral budget and what to expect when working with local flower farmers. Five detailed step-by-step photo essays walk you through the process of creating your own bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and large arrangements. Four in-depth videos totaling 75 minutes teach you the basic mechanics and overall thought process that goes into creating the flowers for an event. Designer Erin Benzakein demonstrates how she constructs an abundant bridal bouquet, a large altar arrangement, a low and lush centerpiece, a boutonniere, and a pin-on corsage.



Slow Flowers

Slow Flowers Author Debra Prinzing
ISBN-10 0983272689
Release 2013-02-01
Pages 143
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Arranged by seasons, describes how to create fifty-two bouquets using only locally sources materials.



The 50 Mile Bouquet

The 50 Mile Bouquet Author Debra Prinzing
ISBN-10 0983272646
Release 2012
Pages 144
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Highlights a movement by dedicated farmers and designers toward natural, chemical-free flowers, and explores how cut flowers are grown, designed, and used.



The Cut Flower Patch

The Cut Flower Patch Author Louise Curley
ISBN-10 0711234752
Release 2014-03-06
Pages 224
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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.



Specialty Cut Flowers

Specialty Cut Flowers Author Allan M. Armitage
ISBN-10 088192976X
Release 2008
Pages 586
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This indispensable reference for growers is greatly revised and expanded, and brings together all the information needed to propagate and cultivate eye-catching plants.



The Flower Workshop

The Flower Workshop Author Ariella Chezar
ISBN-10 9781607747666
Release 2016-03-01
Pages 256
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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.



Growing and Selling Fresh cut Herbs

Growing and Selling Fresh cut Herbs Author Sandie Shores
ISBN-10 188305236X
Release 2003
Pages 483
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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