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Workshop to focus on growing cut flowers for market

Are you interested in turning your passion for growing flowers into a small business? The Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School is a two-day workshop designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers.

The workshop will be held on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus on February 16 and 17. Registration costs $275 and includes lunches and refreshments.

The school will be taught by experienced growers: Joe Schmitt, a third-generation flower grower; Jeanie McKewan of Brightflower Nursery; and Hans and Lisa Larsen of Sunborn Gardens. They will provide practical information on how to grow and sell flowers using organic and sustainable production practices, and how to manage a cut flower business.

Presentations will cover variety selection, seed starting, planting and harvest schedules and methods, post-harvest handling, pest management, tools and equipment, and direct marketing. There will be opportunities to network with other growers and handle small tools.

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, contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or, or visit the CIAS web site: