what you’ll learn:
Crop Planning for Flower Farmers is a deep dive into the architecture of farming.
Everything we do on our farms comes from our brains, and yet, we often spend little time planning. Crop planning minimizes risk, organizes our operations, and helps us improve our production year after year. What’s not to love? Crop planning is all about creating a road map that, if we use well, leads us to productive, successful seasons.
Learn the inner workings of Butterbee Farm. Get a clear picture of what goes on behind the scenes before each season starts. Learn to plan your crops using simple spreadsheets. Learn what mistakes beginners often make when crop planning, and how to avoid them. We’ll tour the farm and discuss how to tweak your crop plan to match the particulars of each season.
Following the class, Dave Dowling will join us to answer questions on how to grow specific crops and when to plant, pinch, and harvest them. Dave is a mentor to flower growers across the country, and after over thirty years in the business, knows the ins and outs of every major flower crop out there!
Other topics will include:
-Understanding your market’s needs
-Record keeping tools
-Growing in this era of climate change
We’re keeping this class small at 12 farmers, so come ready to ask your questions; we can all benefit from troubleshooting each others’ issues.
We’ll start at the farmhouse at Butterbee on Sunday, July 28, at 8 am. The morning will be held in an intimate, round table setting. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Growers with at least one season of farming experience may get the most from this class, but beginners are also welcome.
We’ll head to lunch with special guest Dave Dowling, who will join us to answer questions on all things growing. Lunch will be a lightly facilitated open discussion, and is included in the ticket price. Participants will go home with resources and spreadsheet templates. We ask that participants share these with their farm team only.
Class is capped at 12 participants.
Tickets include materials, coffee and snacks, lunch, and transportation to/from lunch.
Park your car at Butterbee Farm on the neighborhood street.
We cannot accommodate cancellations or refunds due to the limited class size.
Feel free to arrive as early as 7:30 to chit chat before class! We will arrive back at the farm after lunch around 2 pm.
This is an adults-only class, please leave your kiddos at home.
Kind Words about our workshops:
-There's nothing more helpful or re-energizing in the midst of July burn-out than getting to talk shop with your flower growing heroes!
-Laura Beth energy is contagious and I walked away thinking that focusing on the blooms was far more important than obsessing about a weed-free field. Liberating!
-Laura Beth is so open with everything about her business - the good, the ugly, the nitty-gritty details - which is something you can't get from a reading a book!
-You cannot put a price on seeing another farmer's operation from the inside. Laura Beth's openness and willingness to share information were invaluable.
About Laura Beth:
Laura Beth Resnick is the founder and owner of Butterbee Farm, a three acre flower farm in Pikesville, Maryland. Following sustainable, organic practices, Butterbee Farm provides locally grown flowers for florists, flower lovers, and weddings in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Before creating Butterbee Farm in 2013, Laura Beth worked for 3 seasons on organic vegetable farms across the northeast. In 2016-18, she served as the president of the Maryland Cut Flower Growers Association. She speaks regularly at garden clubs, schools, and conferences, covering topics from starting a cutting garden to growing great dahlias. She also writes for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers' quarterly magazine. A leader in the local flower farming community, Laura Beth is proud to mentor new growers through Future Harvest's Beginning Farmer Training Program. She lives with her artist-turned-farmer husband on the farm, where her hobbies include playing the flute and writing with fancy pens.
Dave 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.