I offered these 3 classes in January and early February. I am offering the Growing Dahlias class and the Growing Cut Flowers for Profit class again in March. You can purchase the classes at the bottom of the page. They are on Saturdays and start at 2:00 p.m. EST.
I am offering virtual education. These online classes will feature my flower farming experiences during the last 6 years. I started flower farming in 2015 with four 100-foot rows and going to a small local farmer’s market. In 2016, I increased the cut flower field to forty 100-foot rows and changed to selling cut flowers to 9 local florists. In 2020, I also sold to a flower wholesaler as I was growing over 4800 dahlias and over 100 varieties. I delivered 500 to 1000 dahlias a week to the flower wholesaler.
In the Growing Cut Flowers for Profit class, I will talk about what I found I needed to start my flower farming business. I will go over preparing the soil, silage tarps, weed management, stakes/netting, drip irrigation, flowers I sold, harvesting/conditioning flowers, and selling options.
In the Growing Dahlias class, I will talk about preparing the soil, planting, stakes/netting, drip irrigation, dahlia care/tips, dahlia forms, digging and dividing, and winter storage.
In the Growing Dahlias for Florists/Wholesaler, I will discuss my florist/wholesale van setup, delivery techniques, harvesting/conditioning dahlias, dahlia care/tips, pricing, and dahlia varieties to grow for the florist/wholesaler. I will briefly go over planting, stakes/netting, and drip irrigation.
After the 90 minute presentation, I can answer your questions in this face to face meeting. I will email you a handout after the class with a summary of the class and where to purchase any products mentioned.
I have limited the class to 16 people to keep the meeting small. I hope you can join me! Please make sure you give me your email address as I will be emailing you the handout after the class. I would suggest you sign up for Zoom before the meeting. If you can, please sign into the meeting about 5 minutes before the class starts at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Zoom is an easy to use online video platform and you can sign up for free. My local county extension office has been using zoom for educational programs and master gardener volunteer education. I find it quite easy to use. You need to have internet connection or be able to use your phone.
I may add more gardening classes such as growing lisianthus and eucalyptus. If you have any suggestions or feedback about time/day or what I could offer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Paula Fisher.