The ASCFG Growers’ Business School PDF Print E-mail
Rhode Island
November 3-4, 2013

URI Coastal Institute Bay Campus URI
220 South Ferry Road, Narragansett

The Farmer's Daughter
716 Moorsfield Road, South Kingstown

Robin Hollow Farm
1057 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown

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Sunday, November 3
URI Coastal Institute, Narragansett

12:30   Registration

1:00-1:30   Welcome
Missy Bahret, Old Friends Farm, Amherst, Massachusetts
Becky Devlin, Roost Flowers and Design, Virginia Beach, Virginia

1:30-2:30   Goal Setting and Business Decision Making
Missy Bahret, Old Friends Farm, Amherst, Massachusetts
Whether you are new to your business or have been at it for awhile, it is important to have clear goals and a decision-making process. Missy Bahret shares Holistic Management (HM) tools  she uses for her   22-acre farm business. This workshop will include some "hands-on" work on for your business goals for 2014, and will go through practice examples of the HM business decision-making approach.

2:30-2:45   Break

2:45-5:00   Growers’ Seasonal Tour Panel
Suzanne Nolter, Blazing Star Farm, Block Island, Rhode Island
Carolyn Snell, Carolyn Snell Designs, Bar Mills, Maine
Erin Windham, Windham Gardens, Granby, Connecticut
Pictures speak a thousand words, and these mini slide shows from three established growers through the seasons will be worth millions! Photos will be of organizational systems, growing systems, marketing styles, harvesting styles, transport, extended season and more!

Dinner on your own

Monday, November 4      
The Farmer's Daughter and Robin Hollow Farm

8:00- 8:15   Welcome
Polly Hutchison, Robin Hollow Farm
Judy Laushman, ASCFG

8:15-9:00   Hutch’s Tips 
Mike Hutchison, Robin Hollow Farm
A long-time veggie grower turned flower grower, Mike will share tricks of the trade he has learned over the years. With photos and explanations, he’ll cover a wide array of crop production systems and techniques. There will be  something for every experience level here.

9:00-10:15   Crop Planning and Record Keeping
Joe Schmitt, Fairfield Flowers, Madison, Wisconsin
Joe is a third-generation flower grower well-known to ASCFG members for his thoughtful and generous communications.

10:15-10:30   Break

10:30 -12:00   Marketing Strategies and Implementation: Examination of
Two Marketing Styles
Becky Devlin, Roost Flowers and Design, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jim Kelly, Emerald Farm, Glen Cove, New York
Plant some marketing seeds for 2014. Learn from established growers (and sellers) about their marketing techniques. Jim grows and sells primarily to local florists and at farmers' markets, and Becky offers bouquet subscriptions, flowers for events, and design workshops.

12:00-1:30 Lunch included with registration   
Vendor presentations



Getting the Most Stems from your Plant Choice  
Chris Wien, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York  
A well-known researcher at Cornell, Chris will share His findings on the productivity of various cut flowers, and how to optimize their saleable cuts. He will share specific cultivars, techniques for producing the best flowers, and season-extension tips.  
USDA and Farm Service Agency Microloans
Roxanne Boisse, USDA, Brighton, Rhode Island
Producers can apply for a maximum of $35,000 for startup expenses like hoophouses for season extension, essential tools, irrigation, delivery  vehicles, and annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rent, and marketing and distribution expenses.


Tour of Robin Hollow Farm
Mike and Polly Hutchison
Topics covered: fall greenhouse and tunnel production,
major improvements (USDA and EQIP funding), cover
crops and soil fertility, growing systems.

Lodging Options

Hamilton Inn
642 Boston Neck Road
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
(401) 295-0700
The ASCFG has reserved a block of 15 rooms for November 2, 3, and 4. King rooms are $79, 2 queens are $99. The cutoff date is November 2.

Holiday Inn
3009 Tower Hill Road
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
(401) 789-1051
The ASCFG has reserved a block of 20 rooms for November 2,3, and 4. Rooms are $99 on November 2, and $89 November 3 and 4. The cut-off date is October 19.

Thank you, sponsors!

Hortica-Insurance & Employee Benefits
ML Irrigation
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island
PanAmerican/Kieft Seed
Plants Nouveau
The Farmer's Daughter