All commercial greenhouse growers and retailers are invited to "Fall Flower Growers Program"
Cost: $35.00 per person, includes morning coffee and lunch.
Registration by mail: Printable program and registration form
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association and UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program
8:00 – 9:30 Open Greenhouses – Visit area greenhouse businesses before the program begins!
Nourse Farms 41 River Rd., Whately, MA –Small fruit nursery, producing raspberries, ribes, blueberries, asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish and shipping more than 20 million plants a year. Nourse Farms is currently putting up a new half acre gutter-connected greenhouse with 7 separate zones, energy curtains and LED lights.
Fairview Farms 345 Long Plain Rd., Whately, MA – Greenhouse tomato production in containers in gutter-connected greenhouse.
Pioneer Gardens 198 Mill Village Rd., Deerfield, MA – Wholesale perennial plant production.
9:00 Registration: Complimentary Coffee
10:00 Sharp! Welcome: Jason Hutchins, President MFGA, Roger McGaughrey –Pioneer Gardens
10:00 – 10:30 Recap of 2013: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
10:30 – 11:00 How To Successfully Grow Calibrachoas
Rebecca Lusk, Dummen
Calibrachoas are one of the top selling annuals grown for spring production. Learn to grow multi liners,
hanging baskets and tips for using growth regulators to produce beautiful calibrachoas for 2014.
11:00- 11:30 New Varieties of Perennials
11:30-12:00 The Best Energy Conservation Paybacks!
John Bartok, Extension Professor Emeritus & Agricultural Engineer, University of Connecticut
12:00 – 1:00 Catered Lunch – Reservations requested by Oct. 14
1:00- 2:00 Your Family Business: How to Survive with Your Family!
Ira Bryck, Director of the UMass Amherst Family Business Center
Working with family can be tremendously rewarding, adding competitive advantage; or continuously irritating, reducing prosperity, satisfaction, and any desire to show up for work. For the lucky few, doing it right comes easy- but for most, family business success takes structure, conscientiousness, right priorities and intentions. Learn what governance structures are used by family businesses that successfully discriminate between family and business rules and roles. Discuss the several biggest stumbling blocks faced by families in business and how you can prevent them or deal with them (but not avoid them).
2:00 - 3:00 How Much Does it Cost? The Economics of Using Biological Control for Greenhouse Ornamentals
Roger McGaughrey, Pioneer Gardens has experience using biocontrol on a wide range of crops including spring annuals and perennials grown for wholesale market.
Andy Cowle, Andrew’s Greenhouse is using biocontrol in their retail production greenhouse.
Ron Valentin, Biobest
1 pesticide credit requested
For more information contact: Bob Luczai, MFGA - 781-275-4811 or Tina Smith 413-545-5306, UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program