“Boots Required” Flower Farming Workshops Starting in New Jersey This Summer

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Little Big Farm, a family-owned flower farm in northwestern New Jersey, is offering four “boots required” flower farming workshops beginning June 20. The full day workshop is designed to provide budding flower farmers and serious garden enthusiasts a unique environment to learn floriculture and design.

Many people share the dream of being a flower farmer, but it’s difficult to find a place to learn the skills of flower propagation and design.

Little Big Farm, a family-owned flower farm in northwestern New Jersey, is offering four “boots required” flower farming workshops beginning June 20. The full day workshop is designed to provide budding flower farmers and serious garden enthusiasts a unique environment to learn floriculture and design.

“Many people share the dream of being a flower farmer, but it’s difficult to find a place to learn the skills of flower propagation and design,” said Patricia Kraemer-Doell, owner-operator of Little Big Farm. “We’ve put together a workshop that gives people a real sense of what it’s like to work with the soil then select, harvest, and design with cut flowers all in one day. These are skills people can use to beautify their own homes and gardens and enrich their lives.”

Research shows that people learn best by doing, which is why this is a “boots required” event. Workshop attendees should be prepared to literally “get down and dirty” and dress to weather the elements. Workshop segments cover flower types, soil preparation, and harvesting. Participants end the day with a guided class on centerpiece design led by experienced floral designers. A catered lunch will be provided.

Little Big Farm has provided organically grown, locally sourced fresh cut flowers for weddings, parties, and designers since 2006. Doell has worked in horticulture since the mid 1990s when she formed a partnership in a floral landscape design company. In 1997, Doell took a position at the New York Botanical Garden as the coordinator for the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden where she was responsible for programs on how to propagate flowers and vegetables. Doell subsequently worked on several organic farms in northwestern New Jersey prior to starting Little Big Farm and is a member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.

The flower workshops will be offered June 20, July 18, August 22, and September 5. Workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Classes are limited to 10 students and require five enrollees to run. The $499 tuition includes a six-hour seminar, catered lunch, and table centerpiece to take home. For more information, call 908-459-5484 or visit http://www.littlebigfarm.com.

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