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Farms Large and Small See Value, Benefits to Certification
Four new flower farms have recently officially become Certified American Grown, joining a cadre of certified farms nationwide. These farms vary in size and in the varieties of flowers they grow, from small peony growers to novelty flower farmers known for agritourism.
Ball Supports Cal Poly's 'Learn by Doing' Effort For Rose Parade
College Students Become Flower Farmers For Float Creation
Students from Cal Poly Universities recently harvested marigolds, strawflower and statice grown from seeds donated by Ball Horticultural. After being dried, the flower material will adorn Cal Poly’s 2019 float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.
And the float is sure to get some attention! After all, the Cal Poly float is a consistent award-winner, having earned the Past President’s Trophy for its 2018 entry..
Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Fisher Named ‘2018 Flower Farm Champion’
Award Recognizes a Friend to Flower Farmers
Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Fisher was named the 2018 Flower Farm Champion by the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) at its annual meeting Nov. 18th in Santa Barbara. She is the third recipient of the prestigious award.
Fisher was recognized for not only her balanced and straightforward approach to regulating farms and collaborating with flower farmers, but also for her amazing efforts during last December’s Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Petal It Forward is an annual event from the Society of American Florists that elicits squeals of delight and encourages a pay-it-forward attitude. On this special day, florists nationwide randomly surprise people on the street with flowers. Lucky recipients receive two bouquets – one to keep and one to share.