WOOSTER, Ohio -- The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) will hold its 2011 Midwest Regional Meeting at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster Aug. 8. The meeting will bring together cut flower growers from the Midwest, Northeast and Ohio Valley.
Morning sessions will include talks on healthy soils and developments in postharvest handling of cut flowers.
A tour of OARDC’s Secrest Arboretum will feature Ken Cochran, the arboretum’s program director, discussing the best woody shrubs for cutting.
After lunch, attendees may choose two options: talks on IPM (integrated pest management) scouting and organic weed management or a floral design session.
The day wraps up with a reception and tour of the gardens at the adjacent Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.
The workshops will be presented by Ohio State University researchers and industry experts.
The following morning, Aug. 9, will feature a tour of two off-the-grid Amish flower farms.
Megan Shoenfelt, program coordinator of OARDC’s Agroecosystems Management Program, encourages anyone interested in growing cut flowers in the field or greenhouse to attend.
“This is a terrific opportunity to meet like-minded flower growers from across the Midwest,” Shoenfelt said. “You’ll learn more in one day than you thought imaginable.”
Find the complete program and registration at http://www.ascfg.org or call 440-774-2887.
ASCFG is a non-profit trade association that provides production and marketing information to cut flower growers across the country.
OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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