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ASCFG Research Foundation establishes Josie Crowson Conference Scholarship

To honor the memory of Josie Crowson, a longtime friend and passionate supporter of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, the ASCFG Research Foundation is establishing a fund for educational scholarships awarded to first-time ASCFG meeting registrants, beginning in 2019.

Josie-CrowsonJosie CrowsonJosie was known as one of the ASCFG’s most generous members, sharing her experiences with other growers, and contributing greatly to the organization’s recent growth and success, according to a news release.

Providing financial assistance to new growers to enable them to attend ASCFG events is a testament to her selflessness.

Josie joined the ASCFG in 2002 when she started Josie’s Fresh Flowers in Nacogdoches, TX.

She gradually expanded her business to an acre of cultivated land and a greenhouse, where she grew lilies, delphinium, snapdragons, lisianthus, sunflowers, zinnias, celosia, and many more varieties for the East Texas floral market.

She was elected South and Central Regional Director in 2009, and later ASCFG Treasurer. During these terms, she hosted several meetings, and revamped the organization’s finances; given her PhD in finance, this was a natural fit for her.

In 2016, Josie moved to Fredericksburg, VA, and the ASCFG Board of Directors, knowing that her expertise and generosity were still essential to the organization, created an Emeritus Board of Directors position especially for her. This is when she not only completely updated and streamlined the bylaws, but conceived and brought to reality the documentary “Local Flowers, Local Farmers: A Growing Movement.” The film is an important promotional and consumer educational piece, which has been viewed almost 220,000 times on YouTube.

For more information or to contribute to the scholarship, visit www.ascfg.org.