INSIDE FLOWER FARMING—the real deal
Flower Farming looks like the ideal job from the outside, but what’s the inside story—how much work do you do, how much money can you make? And, how much acreage does it take to make a living? Find out at The Deadhead Cutflowers/Bindweed Farm Flower Growing School, returning in the Spring of 2019 with a two-day session for beginning and intermediate growers—May 2-3, Thursday-Friday.
A major focus will be to make flower farming transparent by showing the actual tax returns of our farm—we’ll go over costs and income so you can better see where you stand and what is possible. But it won’t just be financial info, as Killing Frost’s Jamie Rodgers will be joining us for the session to provide his and Carly Jenkins’ success with organic pest and disease control. If you've been dreaming of starting your own cut-flower farm or are ready to make the jump from hobby/master gardener to cut-flower farmer, we are here to help you. Class size will be limited to ten individuals in order to give close attention to each farmer.
While the full curriculum has yet to be finalized, the session will coincide with the goings-on at the farm to provide an in-action view of flower farming. Once the class has been filled we will work with you and your needs/concerns to tailor the session.
Cost for the school is $500 per person—you can hold your spot by submitting $100 to Deadhead Cutflowers with the remainder due April 1, 2019 or pay in full now and get $50 off ($450 total, in that case).
Contact Ralph or Jeriann at 208-785-4687, email us at email@example.com for more information and/or to register. (To prevent unfair and direct competition, a non-compete form will be required that precludes selling within 150 miles of Blackfoot, Idaho. Sorry if this prevents anyone from attending.)
Here’s the tentative agenda:
An actual tax return from a flower farm
Using section 179 and/or depreciation
Breakdown of costs: labor/seed/fertilizer
field overview: woodies/clematis/tulips/perennials/greenhouse crops/annual transplants
starting a bucket route (Jamie and Jeriann)
labor breakdown: cutting; weeding; transplanting; delivering; processing
weed control and irrigation management
organic methods pest and disease control (Jamie Rodgers from Killing Frost)
chemical methods pest and disease control
soils: upping organic matter, lowering PH
season extension: greenhouse, hoophouse and shade
season extension: manipulating annual, biennials and perennials by
pruning and pinching
plugs vs. seeds