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Blooms and Bouquets
A Farmer and Farmer-Florist Workshop in Baltimore
Join us for a day of learning and experiencing at Butterbee Farm! Participants will soak up knowledge from ASCFG President Dave Dowling, florist and business owner Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers, special guest farmer and business owner Mimo Davis of Urban Buds in St. Louis, Missouri, and Butterbee farmer Laura Beth Resnick.
Blooms and Bouquets is a flower farming intensive; aspiring farmers, beginning and experienced farmers, and farmer-florists are welcome. Plan to arrive at the farm between 7:30 and 8 am and leave at 5:30. See below for a complete schedule of events and speaker biographies.
8 Farm System (Laura Beth): A tour of Butterbee Farm's two acres will include a discussion of the farm system, channels, and sustainable farming methods
9:30 Growing Great Freesia, Anemones, and Delphinium (Mimo): An in depth look at producing these three crops in high tunnels
10:30 Growing for Florists (Mimo, Laura Beth, Ellen, and Dave): This panel will cover what crops florists want to buy locally and what they won't buy, down to specific varietals and colors
11:15 Q+A with Dave (Dave): Bring all of your farming questions for Dave to answer. He's unstumpable.
12 Lunch will be provided!
1:15 Crop Planning (Laura Beth): You'll learn Laura Beth's "spreadsheet farming" method of planning the season
2:15 Marketing (Mimo): Learn how to have an irresistable farmer's market stand.
3:30 Bridal Bouquet Design (Ellen): Learn how to make the most important wedding arrangement. Each participant will make a bridal bouquet to take home.
Laura Beth Resnick is the founder and manager of Butterbee Farm, a two acre flower farm just outside of Baltimore City. Butterbee Farm flowers are for florists, weddings, and CSA members; the farm is also home to classes and workshops. Before she was a farmer, Laura Beth went to music school to study flute performance, which prepared her well for entrepreneurship. Laura Beth is a Trainer through the Beginning Farmer Training Program with Future Harvest CASA, and President of the Maryland Cut Flower Growers Association. She has taught numerous workshops and is a speaker on the subjects of crop planning and business relationships at regional and national farming conferences.
Ellen Frost is the owner of the floral design studio Local Color Flowers in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. Frost has been leading the change for local flowers since 2008. Her company sources all of their flowers, foliage, branches, and plants from farms within 100 miles of Baltimore. In 2016, she was given the Allan Armitage Award for Outstanding Leadership from the ASCFG.
Dave Dowling grew cut flowers in Montgomery County, MD for 20 years. He served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) from 2002-2004, and served as president from 2006-2009. He was the Industry Liaison from 2014-2015, and is again currently president of the ASCFG. With field, high tunnel, and greenhouse production, Farmhouse Flowers & Plants produced cut flowers year round. Most of the flowers raised were sold at farmers markets, including two year round markets in the Washington, DC area. Flowers were sold direct to florists from Baltimore to Washington, DC through Capital Flower Growers, LLC, a cooperative formed with two other flower growers in 2013. Early in 2014, Dave closed his cut flower business and began working at Ednie Flower Bulb, which is now a division of Fred C Gloeckner & Co. He keeps busy as a sales rep and advisor to cut flower growers across the country with small to medium sized farmers. Dave also oversees the warehouse/shipping department at Ednie.
Mimo's gift of growing great tuberose, ranunculus, and lisianthus is matched only by her talents as a teacher. Through her work with Extension and as Regional Director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Mimo shares her vast horticulture knowledge with other growers and new flower farmers from across the country. Prior to founding Urban Buds with Miranda, Mimo operated Wild Thang Farms for more than a decade. Located in Ashland, Missouri, her farm was considered the largest cut flower farm in the state at that time. She also worked at the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery where she specialized in native plants. Before finding her true calling as a flower farmer, Mimo's first career was as a social worker in New York City. While her life in the Big Apple is far behind her, Mimo still knows and appreciateds the healing power of flowers. Mimo holds a Master's Degree in Horticulture from North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina.