I added a big thing to my plate. Back in the spring, I became the president of the Maryland Cut Flower Grower's Association, which is a group of about 50 growers that meets three times in the winter to talk flowers. I'm in the process of applying for some grants that will help the group connect with consumers.
Why do Maryland flower growers need grants?
- Florists: most florists still buy flowers from other countries, rather than farms around the corner
- Weddings: most grooms and brides still get their wedding flowers from florists that buy flowers from other countries
- Retail: remember prom corsages? Valentine's Day? Big events that are flower-centered mean a lot of business for growers, except that it's not mainstream to buy local for such events.
So, we need help!! We're going to create a website that will consolidate local growers and florists who buy local. We're going to advertise the group and its growers to Chesapeake area consumers. We're going to build on our already vibrant community of growers so that new flower farmers can find us and become a member. It's going to be awesome!
If you're reading this, you may wonder how to find a corsage for your daughter's prom or a Mother's day arrangement that's made with locally, sustainably farmed flowers. Once we create the website for the Maryland Cut Flower Grower's Association, it should be easy!
In other news- we're having an event at the farm on Saturday, September 5th! I'm calling it Bouquet Saturday. Check it out here!
I wish you all a glory of goldenrod.