120. Liz Krieg | Maple Flower Farm | Bethel, VT

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Liz Krieg has been growing certified organic flowers naturally for market for over 20 years. Founding President of the Vermont Flower Council back in 1989 Liz has been a leader in the organic flower movement helping other growers develop markets, grow quality flowers and spreading the love for local farming.

Every Day is an Opportunity to Learn More. What Better Place Than the Garden?  Liz is a natural born teacher and has years of teaching under her apron. She is a well known horticultural educator . She has lectured at flower shows, events and garden clubs throughout New England, and has acted as adjunct professor for New England Wildflower Society(NEWFS) for various credited classes.

There IS a HUGE difference between vegetable growers/flower bouquets in the farm stand or just dedicated flower growers. I am a dedicated flower grower. That’s what I do, I grow nothing but flowers, and I sell them to floral tradesmen, or I use them myself for events I’m having. That’s the difference. If you grow nothing but flowers, you can really pinpoint your knowledge to flowers and their needs and specific cultivars to grow and really become a compendium of information for just flowers, but if you are dividing your attention between flowers and vegetables a lot of times, flowers sort of get sidelined.

So you just sort of grow them, you water them, you feed them, you collect them and put them in bouquets and sell them, you’re not necessarily specialialzing in the flowers themselves. It’s kind of sad, in a way of growing flowers, but that’s because I’m in flowers specifically. I can’t imagine dividing my time, with vegetables. That’s not to say that I don’t grow vegetables for my own family, I do, and I LOVE doing that. But it’s really to hard to pin point attentive to both of them on a large scale. So that’s what I think about flower growing.

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On today’s show, I’m super excited to introduce my new friend, Liz Krieg, who has been growing flowers naturally for market for over 20 years. Founding President of the Vermont Flower Council back in 1989! Liz has been a leader in the organic flower movement helping other growers develop markets, grow quality flowers and just spreading the love for local farming and flower growing!

I really have made flowers over the length of my life the most important thing. I have to have flowers around me all the time. I am proud to say, that now I am a full time flower grower.

read more at  www.organicgardenerpodcast.com 

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