ASCFG Launch


About ASCFG Launch:

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is pleased to announce a new pilot program: ASCFG Launch. A recent addition to the ASCFG Mentor Program, ASCFG Launch provides members with short-term mentorship opportunities during which they are guided by experts on cut flower farming topics through online workshops and courses.


Navigating the Grant Application Process

Join expert and ASCFG member Miranda Duschack for an exciting opportunity!

During this new three-week online course, participants will learn about the grant application process, how to manage the overall life cycle, and we will explore specific types of grants suitable for cut flower farmers. These sessions are held virtually via Zoom to eliminate travel and financial constraints.

Miranda is the founding co-owner of Urban Buds, established in 2012. Together, she and Mimo Davis grow 70 different varietals of cut flowers annually on their one-acre flower farm in south St. Louis city and sell at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, direct to florists, and design for wedding and events. In addition to farming, Miranda is a Cooperative Extension agriculture educator for Lincoln University of Missouri. In that role, she reviews grants for the North Central Region (NCR) SARE program and serves on the Farm Service Agency Urban County Committee. She holds a BA from The Evergreen State College (2003) and is originally from rural Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Note: This course is a suite of strategies; however, it does not guarantee a successful grant application outcome. Furthermore, Miranda cannot advise on a SARE grant application within her 12-state region (Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota). Students seeking the one-hour advisory session should be especially aware of this constraint.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Be able to identify each stage of the grant application process and how to complete the documentation.
  • Understand that a grant application requires rigorous recordkeeping throughout all stages of the grant lifecycle.
  • Have an introduction to at least three different types of grants suitable to cut flower farmers and growers.
  • Have the increased knowledge and confidence to self-assess if a grant idea is realistic and if the participant has the bandwidth to take on the project.
  • Receive access to the lecture slides, a recording of the Zoom presentation with the question and answer session, and handouts with resources for every step of the process.

Course Details

Instructor: Miranda Duschack
Number of Participants: 115
Course Dates:
Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Central.
Tuesday, March 7, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Central.
Tuesday, March 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Central.

Registration Options

To register for the course, ASCFG members have three options: Register by noon on Friday, February 24.

Advisory Session: Five (5) students may register for both the course and a one-hour, private advisory session with Miranda for $300. The session must be used within three months after the last day of the course and the date, time, and format (phone call, Zoom, etc.) must be mutually agreed upon by instructor and student.

Traditional Registration: One hundred (100) students may register for the three weeks of live lectures and have access to the curriculum for $125 per person.

Historically Underserved Farmers: Ten (10) slots are available to farmers from historically underserved communities at $75 per person. This includes members of minority racial or ethnic groups, LGTBQIA+ communities, and people with disabilities.

Course Format

Zoom-based lectures.

Limited: One-on-one advisory sessions for the five participants.

Registration Form - Navigating the Grant Application Process

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