Flower Farming Intensive – Session I
Join us for a jam packed three-day farming intensive at Floret Flower Farm in Washington’s beautiful Skagit Valley on April 14, 15, & 16, 2017.
Created especially for beginning and aspiring flower farmers, Floret’s Flower Farming Intensive workshop focuses on small scale, high intensity flower production, planning, goal setting and basic floral design techniques. Participants will learn firsthand the secrets to growing and operating a successful, profitable flower farm.
Normally closed to the public, participants will have exclusive access to Floret’s fields and greenhouses to select from dozens of varieties of organic flowers and foliage.
April is a special month in the garden and boasts some of the season’s most vibrant blooms including anemones, ranunculus, narcissus, tulips and Iceland poppies. These magical blooms will be used on the third day of the workshop where you’ll create a hand-tied bouquet and an abundant centerpiece in the beautifully restored historic barn at A.J. Johnson Farm.
Over the course of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by participating in farm tasks and learning advanced techniques to growing great seasonal flowers. We’ll discuss the essential aspects of operating a successful cut flower farm, from seed starting and plant propagation, to season extension, crop planning, variety selection and succession planting. We’ll show you our favorite tools and share all of our timesaving tips and efficiencies to save you years of wasted time and money.
In addition to receiving personalized instruction on the essentials of building a successful flower farm and floral design business, participants will receive:
A detailed 60+ page manual packed with valuable information including wholesale and retail pricing lists, Floret’s favorite seed and supply sources and much more
A customizable flower availability calendar
Hoophouse plans with detailed instructions
Farm planning tools including planting grids and a crop calculator, plus customizable forms and files to take home and use for your own business
Floret’s monthly farm task calendar
Advice on ways to add value to farm-grown flowers including weddings, bouquet subscriptions and CSAs
A professional portrait, plus images of your arrangements for portfolio and marketing
Tip sheets with best practices for utilizing social media to promote your business
High intensity flower production techniques
Wholesale and grocery sales
Hoophouse flower production
Crop planning and succession planting
Successful seed starting and plant propagation
Season extension techniques
Efficient harvesting, bouquet making and packaging
Basic floral design techniques including a hand-tied bouquet and an abundant centerpiece
Marketing tips and social media tools
Business and financial goal setting
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE:
Network with like-minded flower lovers
Refine your business goals
See life on a working flower farm
Get honest answers to all your burning questions
Build your confidence as a farmer
ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP DETAILS:
Floret’s workshops are open to anyone with a passion for seasonal flowers; prior flower farming or floral design experience is not required.
The three-day workshop will take place April 14, 15, & 16, 2017 at two main locations: Floret Flower Farm and A.J. Johnson Farm. Delicious meals – including light breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages – are included.
Accommodations and dinners are not included in the cost of the workshop. A list of area accommodations will be provided upon registration and a hotel block will be reserved nearby. Transportation to and from the hotel will be provided. Floret will provide dinner suggestions for those interested in dining together and continuing the day’s conversations.
Detailed travel and lodging information will be provided to participants upon registration. There are no refunds given for cancellations. By purchasing a ticket or making a deposit, you are agreeing to the Floret Workshop Terms & Conditions.
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