ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Seed to Seed; Closing the Gap in Sustainable Farming

Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Saving seeds is an essential practice for maintaining a sustainable 'closed circuit' farm operation. Local food is only as local as the seed supply. Seeds are just as vital as healthy soil, clean water and market access. Regionally adapted and locally grown seeds are paramount to a secure food system. This presentation explores the benefits and challenges of incorporating seed saving into a small organic farm operation.

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Growing Your Farm by Saving Your Seeds; Basic Breeding for Success

Wednesday, November 28, 11:15 AM - 12:15 AM   

This workshop will focus on how the simple act of saving your seeds can increase yields, enhance product offerings and add value to any small farm operation. Through selection and basic breeding techniques, participants will also learn to help their crops adapt to changes in climate, pest pressures and disease. As the demand for local food increases, the need for locally adapted seed is more prevalent now than ever before. Learn to incorporate the ancient art of seed saving into your daily routine and help your small farm grow to meet this need head-on.

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The Top 10 Flowers You NEED to Grow

Wednesday, November 28, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   

Ten (or more, I love them all) of the best flowers to grow for cutting for use in the farmers market, florist, and wedding sales. The best varieties, how to grow them, and what to do post-harvest. Whipping up a bouquet recipe and how to make bouquets fast! Janis will include examples of annual, perennial, bulb, and woody choices.

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How to sell your beautiful blooms

Wednesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

This workshop will explore different sales avenues for cut flowers, innovative locations, and how to build excitement that turns into sales. Direct to customers, florist, wholesale, and/or being a farmer florist, which is best for you?

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