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ASCFG celebrating 30 years at National Conference

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers will hold its National Conference and Trade Show Sept. 24-26 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown in Raleigh, NC. This year the association will also be celebrating its 30th anniversary, according to a news release.

The event will kick off with a one-day Beginning Growers’ School at Sassafras Fork Farm in Rougemont, which is limited to 125 attendees. The day will wrap up with a dinner and barn dance for attendees.

ASCFG The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers will celebrate 30 years and hold its National Conference and Trade Show Sept. 24-26 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown in Raleigh, NC.Two more days of workshops, speaker sessions, a trade show and a floral design competition will take place at the hotel.

Educational topics include postharvest handling, wedding work, farmers’ markets, high tunnels, online strategies, cooperative marketing, soils, pest management and plant protection, along with legal and financial business considerations and much more.

In addition, there will be morning farm tours at Spring Forth Farm in Hurdle Mills and Open Door Farm in Cedar Grove, limited to 200 attendees.

John Dole, ASCFG’s executive advisor, will unveil the latest in new cut flower cultivars and will announce the winners of the ASCFG Cut Flowers of the Year.

There will also be plenty of time for networking with speakers and growers from across North America.

The conference will conclude with a reception and 30th Anniversary Banquet, which requires a separate registration.

Founded in 1988, the organization’s membership has grown to include more than 1,500 members across North America and around the world and has increased more than 100 percent in just the last four years.

“I’m looking forward to seeing some of our members who’ve been with the ASCFG for most of its 30 years, along with the new growers just getting started,” said ASCFG President Dave Dowling in the release. “Anyone connected to the cut flower industry should plan to attend this event.”

For more information, visit www.ascfg.org.