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July 8, 2019

Free cut flowers growing workshop offered July 17

“There is a strong market for fresh-cut flowers, and it doesn’t involve a tremendous amount of equipment,” Fauquier Education Farm Executive Director Jim Hankins said. “If you live out in the country in Fauquier County on two or three acres, you can easily start growing flowers commercially, even on a part-time basis.”
The Fauquier Education Farm will offer a workshop on growing cut flowers for sale Wednesday, July 17.

Free, open to all and requiring no registration, the session will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the farm at 8428 Meetze Road just southeast of Warrenton.

Sarah and Dan DeSemdt of Bloom Flower Farm in Nokesville will share their experience operating a small-scale, cut-flower business.

“There is a strong market for fresh-cut flowers, and it doesn’t involve a tremendous amount of equipment,” education farm Executive Director Jim Hankins said. “If you live out in the country in Fauquier County on two or three acres, you can easily start growing flowers commercially, even on a part-time basis.”

Black-eyed Susans, sunflowers and zinnias lend themselves work well for beginners, Mr. Hankins said.

Participants also will learn about proper cutting techniques, plant spacing, irrigation and weed suppression, he added.

Their tips and insights also will benefit home gardeners, Mr. Hankins said.

“There are a lot of folks who can supplement their income very nicely in a reasonable manner.”

Growing cut flowers also can be pleasurable, Mr. Hankins said.

“It’s just a tremendously rewarding thing to work on,” he said. “You can brighten up your world, brighten up the world of a lot of other people around you by producing flowers.

“And that is what this workshop is primarily about — not just making a few for yourself, but creating enough volume that you start spreading the joy around.”

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