Photos From Cooperative Extension’s Cut Flower Workshop
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The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension conducted a two-day workshop for farmers on Growing Cut Flowers for Market. The first part on August 10 was an all-day workshop with about 60 participants. We covered all aspects of cut flower production, from seed to market. View the complete agenda here. The second part was held August 17 at Perry-winkle Farm in northern Chatham County. We divided the participants into two groups, one led by Perry-winkle Farm grower Cathy Jones and the other led by grower Leah Cook of Wild Hare Farm. Participants got to see all aspects of cut flower production, from producing transplants to harvesting and postharvest handling. We discussed irrigation, tractor equipment, hand tools, trellising, fertility and cover crops, pest and disease management, deer fencing, record-keeping, and more.
Feedback from the post-workshop evaluations was excellent:
- 98% of participants said they would be able to select appropriate species/cultivars and improve production and postharvest handling techniques to increase cut flower quality and yield as a result of the workshop
- 98% of participants said they would be able to save money by only applying the fertilizers necessary to grow a healthy crop as a result of the workshop
- 90% of participants said they would be able to make improvements to their irrigation system and thus conserve water and save money as a result of the workshop
- 98% said they would be able to increase farm income from cut flower sales as a result of the workshop
All photos by Debbie Roos, Agriculture Agent.