Cut flower supplier recs

backyardgrown(7b-8 NW MS)May 15, 2008

I'm opening a flower shop, and I will be growing a large portion of my own materials. However, there are some things I won't be able to grow, and I can't only operate a business during the peak of the growing season and expect to make any money.

I will be able to grow SOMETHING from February on when the earliest tulips begin to bloom until it just absoultely freezes here in December. Although I do have a relatively mild and short winter, I know my limitations and I'm trying to start on a shoestring budget. This summer and fall I will have some really nice zins and sunflowers that I'll be wholesaling to a local florist to get my feet wet, but I would like to be able to quit my full time job within 2 years. Possibly a pipe dream, but a girl's gotta start somewhere!

Here are my requirements:

-Grown in the US, preferably regional to Mississippi. I know this is a long shot.

-Sustainably grown.

-Fair labor practices.

Suggestions are welcome, and if you would like to take it off forum, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

Thanks!

Jennifer

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kitkat_oregon(7)

Jennifer, I would recommend that you join the ASCFG, that is the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, they are a collective of growers from all over the country as well as being an incredibly knowledgeable bunch of people. Always very willing to help out with any questions and can put you in touch with a broad range of suppliers. Good luck with your business. Kat

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