The Budding Flower Farmer
Lessons and learnings from three flower farmers “Sharing with clarity…having just done it”
· January: Sun 29th - 4-6/6.30pm
· February: Mon 13th - 7-9/9.30pm
· March: Sun 12th - 4-6/6.30pm
Join me (Barbara Lohoar from Ashwell Flowers), Fiona Paxton from Pulvertoft Flowers and Alison Down from Boho Flowers for this exciting Zoom workshop for people venturing into the growing, marketing, and selling of seasonal cut flowers – on whatever scale.
We’ll cover the ups and downs of flower farming through the eyes of Fiona and myself having completed our second growing seasons alongside Alison who has been growing and working in horticulture for ten years.
We’ll look at how each of our business’ became established and how they are evolving and adapting to suit our individual micro-climates and local markets. Our common aim is to share - in a ‘warts and all ‘way – and in as much detail as time allows, the good, the bad and even the ugly of what we’ve learnt on our individual journeys.
How we set up our plots
How to keep a plot healthy and grow sustainably
What we grow (and what makes a good cut flower)
How and where we sold
What retail customers like (and what the florists love)
Essential record keeping
How much income we received in our first year and what we spent
The highs and lows of being a flower farmer
You’ll see in detail how we’ve been building our business’ from both a financial and a professional perspective, offering you advice and tips.
We’ll be giving you resources to save you time and money (in an e-booklet) including:
Essential plants to grow and our favourites
Books we found useful
What products and tools we found useful
Essential suppliers (not forgetting collecting seeds essential self-seed seedling swops – we’re thinking of Barbara’s larkspur!)
Plus you’ll receive a video tour of each of our plots before the workshop so we can maximise the time we have together.