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UW workshop to focus on growing cut flowers for market

Want to grow your passion for growing flowers into a small business. The Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School is a two-day workshop designed to help people who have that goal in mind.

The workshop will be held February 18–19 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on. A registration fee of  $200 includes lunches and refreshments. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is strongly recommended.

The school will be taught by two experienced growers: third-generation
flower grower Joe Schmitt, who grows and markets flowers in the
Madison area, and Jeanie McKewan of Brightflower Nursery in northern
Illinois.  The instructors will present practical information on how
to grow and sell flowers using organic and sustainable production
practices and manage a cut flower business.

The course will cover a range of topics, including variety selection
for farmers’ markets, florists and other sales outlets, planting and
harvesting methods, pest management, post-harvest handling and direct
marketing. There will be opportunities to network with other growers
and get a look at some tools at show-and-tell tables.

The workshop is part of the Wisconsin School for Beginning Market
Growers, which has been helping people grow and market fresh produce
since 1998. The Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School is sponsored by
the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and is open
to the public.

For more information about the Cut Flower Growers School or the School
for Beginning Market Growers, contact John Hendrickson at (608)
265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu, or visit the CIAS web site: www.cias.wisc.edu