Growing Together Again

We’re pleased to present this lineup of in-person Farm Tours, generously hosted by your fellow ASCFG members. Considering the variety of cut flower crops, production methods, and marketing and sales systems that will be highlighted on these tours, you’re likely to learn a little bit of everything from the host, and from other attendees.

Attendance for all meetings is strictly limited, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

June 29, 2021

Roots Cut Flower Farm

9:00 a.m. – Noon
Michelle Elston
2428 Walnut Bottom Road
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
www.rootsflowerfarm.com

Roots logo - 2021 Farm ToursWe are focused on supermarket bouquet production, and serve a dedicated local following via farmers’ market and on-farm pop-up shops. While not large by any means, we are bigger than many other ASCFG farmers, and can offer insights into efficiency and crew management. Lean farming is my passion—as is making money!

Last year we sold 26,000 supermarket bouquets from about 5 acres, with very little mechanization, as well as lots of DIY bulk buckets, 500 Christmas wreaths, and much more.

Our crops are “unique” in that they are brighter, bolder, old-fashioned, farm flowers, not the trendy ones. We grow lots of celosia, sunflowers, gomphrena, asters, and marigolds, and very few dahlias, ranunculus, or lilies. Sustainability and yield are achieved through growing reliable, climate-appropriate varieties. We have one high tunnel, and no heated greenhouse space.

Rate – $50
Registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 50 attendees.
Registration fee refunded only in case of emergency.

July 21, 2021

Rain Drop Farms

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT
Erin McMullen
23291 Alsea Hwy
Philomath, Oregon
www.raindropfarms.net

RainDropFarmsLogo 300x106 - 2021 Farm ToursWe grow a wide range of annuals, perennials, and woody crops for wholesale flower production. Our flowers are sold in the Portland Flower Market and through the Seattle Wholesale Growers Cooperative, as well as regional grocery stores, local farmers markets, and through a CSA model. We specialize in dahlias, with almost 20,000 plants in our fields, garden roses, and other crops that are not readily available from conventional wholesalers.

Rate – $50
Registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 40 attendees.
Registration fee refunded only in case of emergency.

July 28, 2021

Butterbee Farm

TOUR FILLED, REGISTRATION CLOSED
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

Laura Beth Resnick
500 Tristam Court
Pikesville, Maryland
www.butterbeefarm.com

ButterbeeFarmLogo 300x300 - 2021 Farm ToursWe’re a five acre cut flower farm in the suburbs of Baltimore City. We grow year round in heated tunnels as well as unheated tunnels and field. We sell most of our products to florists, making several trips a week to DC and Baltimore. We’ll talk about how we plan our crops and successions, our no-till methods using occultation, how we approach labor, and more!

Rate – $50
Registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 15 attendees.
Registration fee refunded only in case of emergency.

August 12, 2021

Two Boots Farm

TOUR FILLED, REGISTRATION CLOSED
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Elisa Lane
4226 Maple Grove Road
Hampstead, Maryland
www.twobootsfarm.com

TwoBootsFarmLogo 287x300 - 2021 Farm ToursWe are a small scale cut flower farm focused on production for florists, farmers’ market, and CSA. We grow a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and woodies, utilizing no-till, intensive growing techniques to produce over $200,000 worth of flowers annually. We grow on two acres of land and have four high tunnels and one greenhouse. We’ll discuss our approach to farming and our focus on sustainability, which allows us to give back to the land and soil, and provide a living wage for ourselves and our employees.

Rate – $50
Registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30 attendees.
Registration fee refunded only in case of emergency.

September 18, 2021

Petal Pusher Farms

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT
Jeri Irby
24155 Bryant Avenue
Purcell, Oklahoma
www.petalpusherfarms.com

PetalPusherFarmsLogo 300x300 - 2021 Farm ToursGoing on our fifth year of growing cut flowers in the unpredictable Oklahoma weather, we’d love to share our successes and challenges to fellow farmers. Farmers can see how we have set up our fields and tunnel for 12 months of growing, what we’ve found does well in our soil type and climate, and how we get the perfect flower pictures for our 7000+ combined Instagram and Facebook followers. We have found that zinnias and dahlias are the best crops for us to grow in our warm climate, though we have had super successful ranunculus crops that make florist and farmers’ market customers swoon! We are an agritourism site so we draw many people from Oklahoma City to the farm to see where the beautiful flowers they purchase at the farmers’ market come from. Our farm continues to grow each year and we still have a hard time meeting the flower demand from florists, Flower Share members, and farmers’ market customers. Come out and see the beauty of what Oklahoma Grown can produce!

Rate – $99
Registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 50 attendees.
Registration fee refunded only in case of emergency.

October 17, 2021

Texas Specialty Cut Flowers

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT
Lunch included
Frank Arnosky
13977 F.M. 2325 – The Blue Barn
Wimberley, Texas 78606
www.texascolor.com

Texas Specialty Cut Flowers Logo - 2021 Farm Tours

Our farm produces wholesale cut flowers for grocery stores in Texas, as well as operating a very successful on farm retail market at the Blue Barn, where we offer cut flowers, potted plants, and bedding plants, all grown on the farm.

We farm 20 acres on this location, as well as 20 acres of peonies in Minnesota and west Texas.

Our tour will be held during the fall “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) celebrations. We are one of the largest producers of marigolds for the fall season, and have many acres planted around our Blue Barn market. We also produce a wide range of other fall crops such as celosias, salvias, lilies, zinnias, and sunflowers.

We’ll feature the cultural diversity and importance of marigolds in the Latino community, as well as the south Asian use of marigolds for the fall Diwali celebrations. In both cultures marigolds are an icon that are largely overlooked in U.S. flower production.

We’ll also discuss how we flipped our business during COVID from a wholesale operation to a business that is now majority retail, with the Blue Barn as a “destination” farm for both the Austin and San Antonio areas.

We are located within an hour of either the San Antonio or Austin airports.

Local lodging options:
http://www.blancochamber.com/lodging

Blanco Luxury In and Suites, Blanco

Rate – $150
Registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 100 attendees.
Registration fee refunded only in case of emergency.