Aug
12
to Aug 13

Ready, Set, Grow! Workshop Series: The Year Round Farmer

Ready, Set, Grow!  Workshop Series presents The Year Round Farmer: Growing on the Other Side of the Calendar Season Extension Intensive 1.5 day workshop with guest instructors ASCFG President, flower farmer, and Ednie Flower Bulb Sales Representative Dave Dowling, and The Flower Hat farmer florist Julio Freitas, who will offer design instruction. The workshop will take place Sunday, August 12 through Monday, August 13, 2018. Early-bird pricing is available through June 30 at $xxx, after that date, the cost is $xxx. (final pricing information coming soon!) Seating is limited to only 12 individuals!

This intensive workshop offers the trifecta of production, design, and marketing for the small to medium size flower farmer florist.  An integral component to Urban Buds flower farming production is the use of season extension technologies. This workshop is ideal for farmers wishing to extend their growing season. 

This workshop will cover:

  • selecting the appropriate technology for you
  • walk-in caterpillar tunnel building demo
  • variety selection, sourcing and scheduling
  • winter irrigation
  • IPM
  • extreme weather  proofing

The design portion of this workshop will be lead by our friend Julio Freitas of The Flower Hat of Bozeman, MT.  In addition to design, he will also address marketing off-season blooms and successful marketing through Instagram.

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. 

Julio Freitas is a flower farmer and floral designer located in Bozeman, Montana, where he operates The Flower Hat. With work featured in Harper's Bazaar, Elle Decor, Magnolia Rouge, Flower Magazine, Style Me Pretty and many others, Julio credits his successful career to his unique style of floral design that incorporates locally grown flowers and foraged botanical elements. 

Registration coming soon!

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May
20
9:00 AM09:00

Ready, Set, Grow! Workshop Series: Dahlia Daze

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Ready, Set, Grow!  Workshop Series presents Dahlia Daze: Everything you wanted to know about growing your own perfect dahlias! Dahlias, the dazzling gems of the fall garden are ever popular and to grow them takes knowledge and a measure of effort.  If you learn the correct way to take care of your dahlias you will be rewarded with beautiful, bodacious blooms and fertile tubers.  In this class you will learn about variety selection, correct planting, fertilization requirements and application, Integrated Pest Management, dis-budding for larger blooms, propagation, tuber care and storage. Tubers ready for planting will be available for sale. It will be a fun filled class.  Join us! 

Mimo Davis has been growing cut flowers for pleasure and profit for over 25 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Horticulture form North Carolina A&T University, and recently served at the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Midwest Regional Director.  Miranda Duschack is an agricultural Cooperative Extension Educator with a focus on urban farming.   She holds a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College, is Permaculture Design Certified, and a beekeeper of 10+ years.  

Sunday, May 20 9am-1pm.  Breakfast served.  

COST: $95  Limit: 14

Registration policy: Priority registration access is given to those who register online through our website. Each of our workshops has limited availability, and while you are registering - we are farming. We are unable to accept "hold" reservations by mail until the final week of registration for any event that may have spaces available.

Refund policy (please note!): Refunds will not be issued for any workshop unless we, Urban Buds, must cancel the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances (catastrophic weather events, etc). Our workshops require detailed planning for materials and space, so we are unfortunately unable to refund cost if a participant is unable to attend due to a variety of issues.

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Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Ready, Set, Grow! Workshop Series: Starting Your Cutting Garden

Urban Buds: City Grown Flowers presents Ready, Set, Grow!  Workshop Series

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Starting Your Cutting Garden, Saturday, April 7, 2018 9-1pm

Have you always wanted to grow your own beautiful, bountiful blooms but didn’t quite know how to start?  Or perhaps you’ve had problems germinating your seeds?  Does your spring garden inevitably morph from a well-tended plot to an over grown weed patch by mid-July?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then is the class for you!  This half-day hands-on class is for gardeners, florists, and flower enthusiasts who are interested in starting your very own cutting garden.  Instruction will include our techniques for planning for blooms all summer long and includes seed selection, hands-on seed starting, planting out, harvest and post-harvest handling. 

Mimo Davis has been growing cut flowers for pleasure and profit for over 25 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Horticulture form North Carolina A&T University, and recently served at the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers Midwest Regional Director.  Miranda Duschack is an agricultural Cooperative Extension Educator with a focus on urban farming.   She holds a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College, is Permaculture Design Certified, and a beekeeper of 10+ years.  

Class with be held on Urban Buds farm proper, 4728 Tennessee Ave, St. Louis MO 63111. Attendees will leave with their own seedlings and will have an opportunity to purchase unusual seedlings from the Urban Buds collection. Please note this is an intensive workshop with hands on experience and a light breakfast will be served! Limit 12 attendees.

Cost: $95
*No refunds or exchanges.

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