“Cut Flower Field Day” to be held June 23rd

A farmer-led field day is scheduled one week from now in Decatur County, Iowa right across the border from Missouri.

A group called “Practical Farmers of Iowa” sponsor the field day Thursday, June 23, from 2 to 5 o’clock at Big Creek Farms, operated by Chad and Katie Hensley of Lamoni.

They raise cut flowers on one and a half acres. The couple plans to share details about starting a cut-flower operation including topics ranging from production and handling to marketing and more. They also specialize in heirloom, open-pollinated and speciality crops – primarily tomatoes, peppers, and leafy greens.

Ann Franzenburg, who operates Pheasant Run Farm near Van Horn, Iowa will discuss marketing and production options.

The field day is at the Hensley farm, 30-608 South Smith. It’s actually described as “just south of Graceland University at Lamoni.”

Persons attending June 23rd are asked to take their own lawn chairs.

The Iowa group describes this field day as a unique opportunity for farmers thinking of adding another enterprise who can learn about a growing niche.

The event also is attended by members of the public who want to learn what’s involved with raising flowers, and to meet with others who are doing this.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2016 field day season features 25 events featuring farmer-led discussions and farm or field tours. Details are in Practical Farmers’ 2016 Field Day Guide,” available at practicalfarmers.org, or for free in print.

To request a guide by mail, call their office at (515) 232-5661.