The Flower Farmer

Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 160358076X
Format: PDF, ePub
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The domestic cut flower business has experienced a renaissance in the past decade, thanks in large part to the first edition of The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, which helped thousands of small growers start successful businesses. This newly expanded and thoroughly revised edition will be equally as influential for novices and experienced growers alike. With the cut flower business growing at record rates, demand is at all time highs, challenging growers to take advantage of new techniques to prolong the harvest. New sections on utilizing greenhouses, recommendations for flower cultivars, and post harvest handling growers throughout all of North America will help improve their bottom line. Also updated is the acclaimed resource directory, complete with sources of seeds, plants and supplies, and expert information on organic production under the National Organic Program. For the beginner and backyard gardener, there is an extensive section on the basics—variety selection, soil preparation, planting, cultivation, harvest, and floral design. For the commercial grower, The Flower Farmer includes information about larger-scale production, plus advice about selling to florists, wholesalers, supermarkets, brides, at farmers markets, and more. Also includes revised profiles of successful growers offering behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of some of the cutting edge flower farmers in the country. Because of the extensive revisions and enhanced content, this new edition of The Flower Farmer is essential reading for those already in the flower business, as well as those who dream of growing flowers for enjoyment or profit.

Grow Your Own Cut Flowers

Author: Sarah Raven
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448142121
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Grow Your Own CUT FLOWERS distils everything Sarah Raven has learnt in five years of testing and cultivating the best possible cut flowers for growing at home. If you want to grow your own cut flowers, there could be no better guide in the world. The book ties-in with an eight-part five-minute mini-series on Gardeners World in spring 2002. Grow Your Own CUT FLOWERS is for the flower arranger who wants to grow their own flowers, but has never gardened before, and for the gardener who knows how to grow their own flowers, but wants ideas to fill a house with their harvest. It demystifies the world of floristry, giving away all the insiders' tips on sowing seed, conditioning flowers and making simple, but stylish arrangements a tied bunch, a large vase, a table centre and more elaborate party flowers. No alarming terms, complex procedures or slabs of wordy text here Grow Your Own Cut Flowers is written more like a cookery book with recipes than a traditional gardening book. Illustrated with over 250 striking colour photographs by Jonathan Buckley, Grow Your Own Cut Flowers is stylish and inspirational as well as practical and accessible. THE AUTHOR WILL UNDERTAKE TO AMERICANIZE THE TEXT FOR ANY CO-EDITIONS.

Market Farming Success

Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603583866
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Market Farming Success is an indispensable guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs, or plants. Condensing decades of growing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, Lynn Byczynski - editor and publisher of Growing for Market - identifies crucial areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles. This book differentiates between market gardens, market farms, and vegetable farms, offering a concise and useful overview of how to find land, select and grow crops, acquire appropriate equipment, and market your produce, as well as tackle recordkeeping, insurance, and other fundamental business topics.--COVER.

The Organic Farmer s Business Handbook

Author: Richard Wiswall
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603582495
Format: PDF, Docs
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Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder. In The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit. From his twenty-seven years of experience at Cate Farm in Vermont, Wiswall knows firsthand the joys of starting and operating an organic farm—as well as the challenges of making a living from one. Farming offers fundamental satisfaction from producing food, working outdoors, being one’s own boss, and working intimately with nature. But, unfortunately, many farmers avoid learning about the business end of farming; because of this, they often work harder than they need to, or quit farming altogether because of frustrating—and often avoidable—losses. In this comprehensive business kit, Wiswall covers: Step-by-step procedures to make your crop production more efficient Advice on managing employees, farm operations, and office systems Novel marketing strategies What to do with your profits: business spending, investing, and planning for retirement A companion CD offers valuable business tools, including easy-to-use spreadsheets for projecting cash flow, a payroll calculator, comprehensive crop budgets for forty different crops, and tax planners.

Slow Flowers

Author: Debra Prinzing
Publisher: St Lynns Press
ISBN: 9780983272687
Format: PDF
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Arranged by seasons, describes how to create fifty-two bouquets using only locally sources materials.

Deadhead

Author: Jeriann Sabin; Ralph Thurston
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1504979680
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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If every American flower grower wrote a book like Deadhead, you’d have a complete, inside view of flower farming. Deadhead’s contents, one slice of that view, will assist both those interested in flower farming and those already in the business—no matter if they live in cold areas like short-summer Idaho or in warm southern climes. Several years ago an employee made shirts for Bindweed Farm that read “The Bindweed Way: 9104 experiments, 0 mistakes”, referring to Bindweed’s philosophy of shrugging off errors and turning them into sources of success. We move fast on Bindweed Farm so mistakes happen, sometimes with surprising results—often the wrong way of doing something works out better. We’ve learned a lot from our experiments, and we hope those shared in this book inspire you to make some of your own, so you can be deadheading home from your sales route with an empty truck, full of satisfaction. You can visit the authors at bindweedfarm.com.

Gaia s Garden

Author: Toby Hemenway
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603580298
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This extensively revised and expanded edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban gardeners. The text's message is that working with nature, not against it, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.

Postharvest Handling and Storage of Cut Flowers Florist Greens and Potted Plants

Author: Joanna Nowak
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789401066761
Format: PDF, Docs
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We initiated research studies on the postharvest physiology of cut flowers almost 20 years ago, when the floriculture industry in Poland began to grow. At that time, like most flower growers in our country, we discovered cut flowers preserve their good appearance longer if kept in a vase with water rather than in dry storage. We then began intensive reading of various horticultural and other specialty journals, and we learned that many scientists had made the same dis covery long before and had gone even further, showing that sucrose and certain chemicals added to the vase water prolong the vase life of flowers much better than water alone. In the meantime, we learned that in the Netherlands, the United States, Israel, and elsewhere, great progress has been made in the postharvest treatment of flowers through the use of floral preserva tives; grading, packing, and transportation procedures; and the organization of trade. In all these countries, researchers generously offered their information to growers, wholesalers, florists, and indi vidual flower lovers eager to improve flower quality and keepability. We collected much of the practical information from various countries with the intention of using it in research projects con cerning the postharvest physiology of floricultural commodities.

Old Southern Apples

Author: Creighton Lee Calhoun
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603583122
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A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928. Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples, including both legendary varieties (like Nickajack and Magnum Bonum) and little-known ones (like Buff and Cullasaga). Representing our common orchard heritage, many of these apples are today at risk of disappearing from our national table. Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library’s collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference and gift book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.

Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers

Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780977978137
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Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers is a complete guide to using local flowers for weddings. It was created for the eco-conscious couple committed to having a greener wedding, the passionate gardener who wants to grow flowers for events, the floral designer who wishes to jump in on the locally grown trend, and the specialty cut flower farmer who will be offering wedding services. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from dozens of actual weddings, this book provides advice on where to find local flowers, what blooms are available in each season, how to stretch a floral budget and what to expect when working with local flower farmers. Five detailed step-by-step photo essays walk you through the process of creating your own bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and large arrangements. Four in-depth videos totaling 75 minutes teach you the basic mechanics and overall thought process that goes into creating the flowers for an event. Designer Erin Benzakein demonstrates how she constructs an abundant bridal bouquet, a large altar arrangement, a low and lush centerpiece, a boutonniere, and a pin-on corsage.