We learned so much from reading and doing, so we are all about sharing resources! Plus, we learned so much from others, we know how valuable that guidance was and we want to help provide that for others.
Learn from Us
Since we learned so much from our mentors and by attending conferences, we love to pay it forward! Have Steve and/or Gretel come to your conference to discuss operating a successful flower farm and all of the intricacies involved in having both production and design, retail and wholesale, and intense season extension in the Midwest. Many of our concepts on the economies of scale, farm efficiencies, as well as plant health, are transferable to the vegetable growing world. We want to help others treat their farm as a business. A small honorarium is requested, as well as travel fees if the conference is out of state. We look forward to inspiring growers in your area!
Steve and Gretel now offer consultation services for those looking for detailed guidance. If our resources page is not enough, we offer our time in 1 hour blocks for $75/hour via phone, Skype, or in person.
Topics to be covered can be tailored to your individual needs.
Visiting the Farm:
Unfortunately we are not doing our annual farm tour this year. If you are making a purchase at our retail flower market on the farm, you are welcome to walk around on your own, we just won’t be able to answer questions during the regular work day as we are an operating farm.
Join the Association for Specialty Cut Flower Growers, and here’s why.
- Meet flower farmer mentors from across the nation
- Gain access to the bulletin board where you can ask any question and search all previously answered ones
- Attend conferences for continuing education
- Stay in the loop about new varieties and trading flowers
**Mention Sunny Meadows Flower Farm for $50 off the first year of membership.**
Join your state’s farming association.
For us, it is OEFFA, the Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association. They support sustainable growing practices, host our annual farm tour, and have a yearly conference.
Online Courses Geared Towards Small Scale Beginning Farmers
Cornell University has a series of online classes for Beginning Farmers. Continuing your education is a great way to spend your winter hours! They are geared towards folks who have been farming for less than 10 years, or those who have just started building their business ideas. We have taken both the financial planning classes and it has truly benefited our business!
Suggested Resources for any farmer:
- Growing for Market: We only write for Growing for Market quarterly now as we are focusing more energy on farming this year as we expand the farm. Get the membership that gives you access to all the archives to see all the articles we’ve written in the past too!
- The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook by Richard Wiswall
- Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers by Frederic Theriault and Daniel Brisebois
- Managing Cover Crops Profitably by Andy Clark, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), et al.
- The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
- The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukouka
- The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball
- The Farmer to Farmer Podcast by Chris Blanchard
- The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
And for those interested in growing flowers:
- Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart
- The Flower Farmer by Lynn Bycynzki
- Woody Cut Stems for Growers and Florists
- Specialty Cut Flowers by Allan Armitage and Judy Lauchsman
- The 50 Mile Bouquet
Wedding design inspiration books:
- Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers
- The Flower Recipe Book
- Bringing Nature Home
- The Wreath Recipe Book
Where do you get your supplies?
- Zabo Plant
Have a question that isn’t answered here? Contact us with all other inquiries.