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Ann Arbor-area flower growers band together to form Michigan's first flower co-op - ConcentrateTuesday, October 24, 2017
Susan McLeary at 2401 S. Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor. The three co-owners of the co-op are all farmers from the Ann Arbor area: Alex Cacciari of Seeley Farm, Trilby Becker of Sunseed Farm, and Amanda Maurmann of Gnome Grown Flower Farm. Maurmann also serves as market manager. "We're lagging a little behind the local food movement, but it's the same intention," Maurmann says. Maurmann says she hopes the co-op will inspire Ann Arbor-area consumers to consider the source of their flowers as they are increasingly doing with meat, eggs, and produce. "People may see a flower stand at an airport stand and grab them without thinking twice about who grew those flowers," Maurmann says. "I'd love for people to start paying attention to where their flowers come from. If you see someone at the farmers market, for instance, selling a local bouquet, grab that instead of roses from Ecuador and you'll be contributing to Michigan's economy." Maurmann says year-round production is not practical due to Michigan's climate, but the co-op hopes to expand its selling season next year by opening much earlier. "We're aiming to get the biggest bang for our buck in the longest season possible," Maurmann says. "So next year, we plan to open in April with that first round of flowers that bloom in spring, like anemones." The market takes a 30 percent commission on sales, but reducing the marketing and transportation costs for small farmers and providing them with a robust list of customers should mean that local flower farmers still come out ahead, Maurmann says. Currently, about 20 buyers are showing up regularly at the Wednesday wholes... http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/flowercoop0427.aspx
Artist builds high altitude balloon rig to send flower arrangement 19 miles above earth - Boing BoingTuesday, October 10, 2017
THE RESTLucas Zanotto’s installation EYES uses a clever mix of kinetic techniques to animate the “pupils” of various “eyes,” infusing inanimate objects with personality and humor.READ THE RESTCarrie Becker’s Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse is a detailed 1:16 scale model of a hoarder house, inside a Barbie Dream House, beautifully and hauntingly photographed. I know hoarders (and am related to a couple) and it’s not a joke — and neither is this amazing work of art. (via Waxy)READ THE REST...
The Beautiful "Pick-Your-Own" Flower Field Near Montreal You Must Visit ASAP - MTL Blog (blog)Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Prices are per stemThe cut flowers we grow are carefully selected for color, stem strength and vase lifevia @megmakerFor More Info.Photos:via @ppb_bakervia @williamholbyvia @laciannlongvia @ericmbeckervia @erinwolff12via @red_house_studiovia @cassadavia @kamelya999via @juel_juiceFacebook/Cedar Circle Farmvia @adonohuephotovia @rndeaettvia @ericmbecker...
Flowers dominates Granite City Invitational field, Alton, East Alton runners also post solid performances - RiverBender.comTuesday, September 20, 2016
East – 614Granite City, Jersey, East Alton-Wood River – No ScoreINDIVIDUAL TOP TENWill Formea, Springfield (16:28.52); Eli Ward, Waterloo (16:39.98); Ethan Cherry, Carbondale (16:41.93); Issac Becker, Springfield (16:44.39); Dan Powell, Edwardsville (16:45.65); Kyle Boughter, Springfield, 16:47.29); Jackson McAlister, Waterloo (16:56.63); Casmir Cozzi, Mascoutah (16.57.70); Christian Cazier, Jersey (17:05.65); Brendan Fahey, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (17:10.41)OTHER AREA RUNNERS EDWARDSVILLE: Todd Baxter, 14th (17:15.38); Jacob Davis, 33rd (17:51.81); Jonah Durbin, 42nd (18:12.91); Joseph Brooks, 53rd (18:27.42); Henry Gruben, 64th (18:41.20); Josh Perry, 76th (19:01.81) ALTON: Cassius Havis, 30th (17:47.39); Zak Wilson, 68th (18:48.86); Issac Evans, 93rd (19:52.08) PIASA SOUTHWESTERN: Carden Bohn, 17th (17:22.63); Grant Seniker, 65th (18:42.74) CIVIC MEMORIAL: Drake Stevenson, 66th (18:42.74); Will Davis, 96th (19:56.53) ROXANA: Joel Woodruff, 112nd (20:15.94); William Cotter, 114th (20:19.78); Jarrett Warmack, 115th (20:20.35) GRANITE CITY: Jeremiah Perry, 91st (19:41.97); Jr. Harold, 123rd (20:36.43) JERSEY: Grant Morgan, 82nd (19:13.56) EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER: Andrew Noack, 84th (19:17.65) If you have a EdGlenToday or Riverbender.com news, human interest or sports idea, e-mail Danbrannan@riverbender.com or call or text 618-623-5930. Follow Dan Brannan on Facebook and Danbrannannews on Twitter.Purchase photos from this article Print Version...
Green Plains to buy 3 ethanol plants, increasing its production by 20 percent - Omaha World-HeraldTuesday, September 06, 2016
U.S. production.“The Madison and Mount Vernon plants will give us access to the Mississippi River, supporting our new export terminal planned in Beaumont, Texas,” Green Plains Chief Executive Todd Becker said in a statement.Already the fourth-largest U.S. ethanol producer, Green Plains is a member of the Fortune 1000, about $2 billion short in revenue of making the Fortune 500 last year, with about $3 billion in sales.Of course, much depends on the price of ethanol, mostly made by distilling corn. As of last month the price of ethanol was $1.64 a gallon, a little more than half the recent high of $3 a gallon, in 2011.Green Plains, with 17 plants nationwide, had net income last year of about $7 million on the tumbling prices, down from about $160 million in 2014.Abengoa is a Spanish renewable energy company whose U.S. unit, which included plants in York and Ravenna, Nebraska, filed for bankruptcy protection this year.The acquisition was announced after the close of Nasdaq trading. Shares of Green Plains have risen about 2 percent so far this year, to $23.44 Monday, after having fallen as low as about $13.Nebraska is the United States’ second-largest ethanol producer, behind Iowa.Contact the writer: 402-444-3133, firstname.lastname@example.org... http://www.omaha.com/money/green-plains-to-buy-ethanol-plants-increasing-its-production-by/article_9e1392cc-68cb-11e6-82f7-874ca5232343.html
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
Tim, then a manager trainee.She and Tim married in May 1987. That October, Tim's job with the department store took them to Iowa and then Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Minnesota. In Nebraska, Welsh — who continued to work as a florist out west — directed community theater, served on the Miss Nebraska Pageant board of directors and directed the pageant for three years. In Wyoming, she was involved with the Cheyenne Frontier Days, billed as the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.In 2004, the couple and their young son, Tanner, moved back to Catlin to be near family. A couple of years later, Welsh opened Floral-n-Flair, a flower shop and event-planning business, in the same downtown building she started out in. She and business partner Kay Smoot also own and operate a gift boutique called Pauline's Attic.Welsh was working one evening when Stutsman popped in."Who got it, and how are we going to decorate?" she asked, thinking he'd stopped by to discuss the Citizen of the Year banquet at the Methodist Church, which she decorates.She was floored by his answer."It still hasn't sunk in," she said, the day before the banquet.While honored, Welsh was quick to acknowledge her "crew," including local high school students and residents who help her set up for community events, weddings and parties — and family. Tanner, who turns 21 this month, has autism, and Tim is his full-time caregiver and still finds time to help out at work."I wouldn't be able to do any of this without him," she said."It's always been a team effort," she continued, adding she learned that from her dad who helped out in many ways at the shop and home before he passed away a couple of years ago.Welsh recalled sitting at the family table years ago after her brother became a 1,000-yard rusher on his high school football team."My dad pointed to his picture on the front of the sports page and said, 'He wouldn't have done that without his line that blocked for him.' I've always remembered that. You can't do it alone. You have to surround yourself with good people and work as a team."... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
Flowers Done Green - local flower shop keeps it unexpected - Volume OneMonday, December 17, 2018
Central American farms, she brings out the best of the seasonal options, accentuating them with plants from a Minnesota greenhouse.“We don’t have to always go looking to the exotic to find something exceptionally beautiful,” Sarah said. “We’re celebrating what’s beautiful about Wisconsin.”Sarah is also celebrating sustainability through her choices in product. She recalls a conversation with a fellow florist from ten years ago, when her coworker expressed concern the effect of floral industry chemicals on fertility. Before then, she hadn’t realized the proliferation of carcinogenic chemicals in pesticides and plastics associated with flower arranging. Sarah aims to carry as many organic, recycled, and locally grown products as possible to avoid negative environmental impact.Many of Sarah’s arrangements are presented in thrifted tins, glassware, and pots. On a recent Friday, she placed a bridal bouquet in a mason jar of water to preserve it until pick-up. She wraps bouquets in paper and keeps corsages in recycled plastic take-out containers, opting for recycled boxes over new when she can to prevent waste.“We have alternatives (to waste and pesticides), so I feel like it’s my calling to use them,” Sarah said.Sarah’s arrangements are eclectic and adventurous, sometimes sporting dinosaur figurines and locally foraged mushrooms among dill and other unexpected plants. “My woods have given me an endless source of inspiration,” she said – she often includes found items such as bird feathers in her work. Among the arrangements in the shop are products by other local artists and makers, including soaps by EB Ranch, felted animals by Mary Marin, even stones and crystals collected by a local 13-year-old.Sarah has more than 25 years of experience in the floral industry, getting her start in the Twin Cities where it’s often viewed as a true art. She’s proud to bring her interpretation of that art, with all of its eccentricities and focus on promoting local products. &l... https://volumeone.org/articles/2018/11/28/27005_flowers_done_green
Lakeside Floral & Gift Emerges as the Leading Online Florist in North St. PaulTuesday, October 16, 2018
Lakeside Floral Willernie MNAs a leading online florist in North St. Paul, Lakeside Floral & Gift offer high-quality flowers for every occasion including birthdays, wedding, and more.Willernie, Minnesota - October 15, 2018 - Backed by a prompt and friendly service, Lakeside Floral & Gift, a top rated online florist in North St. Paul is dedicated to supplying high-quality flowers for birthday parties, wedding parties, and more.When asked about their service, “As a family owned and operated business, we are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect,” replied the spokesperson of Lakeside Floral & Gift.They have floral arrangements and gifts to liven up any party. Sending flowers to your loved one is a perfect way of saying that you love them and make them believe that they are essential in your life.He also continued, “Flowers are the ideal way to celebrate any occasion and one of the easiest and the most co... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3980091
This pretty flower is a weed; Get rid of it fast!Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Lenore Grande, Moorhead.A: Your unsuccessful experience with Endless Summer is similar to the majority of those who have tried it in North Dakota and large parts of Minnesota. The basic problem is that the Endless Summer group of hydrangeas, including Bloomstruck, are members of the Hydrangea macrophylla species, which is the species of the non-adapted florist hydrangeas.The two hydrangea species that are best-adapted for our outdoor landscapes are Hydrangea paniculata and Hydrangea arborescens and their cultivars. Checking the fine print on hydrangea labels for the species saves much heartache.Because Bloomstruck is a Hydrangea macrophylla variety, it has a disadvantage in our region from the onset because of its genetics. Bloomstruck is fairly new, so time will tell, but it would be surprising if it performs better than its genetics allow.Q: Is it okay to prune the top of our arborvitae so that it doesn't grow too tall? Its width is fine, but the top is at about 8 feet and we'd like it to stay at that height. — Nancy Suttle, West Fargo.A: Yes, the tops of pyramidal arborvitae can be trimmed so they don't become too tall. If an arborvitae is allowed to grow out of bounds, it's difficult to radically reduce its height back down to desired size. Your idea of maintaining it at 8 feet from the start is much better than someday trying to cut a tall arborvitae back down to that level.Keeping a shrub or tree at its present size through pruning is often called "mold and hold" pruning. Several times during the growing season, prune off the current season's new growth so the arborvitae remains at the desired height. Some pyramidal arborvitae varieties' natural heights are 30 feet, so diligence may be needed to maintain at 8 feet.To hold an arborvitae at its present size, it's probably necessary to trim once in June or July and again in August. A quick trim across the top a couple times each summer should do it.If you have a gardening or lawn care question, email Don Kinzler at ForumGrowingTogether@hotmail.com. All que... http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4486210-pretty-flower-weed-get-rid-it-fast