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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
Gustaf's Greenery flower shop closing after 42 years - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderTuesday, March 19, 2019
On Thursday afternoon, Gustaf sat at a table in the flower shop on 1020 S. Minnesota Ave., its sales floor busy with shoppers eyeing the 75 percent off retirement deals. Gustaf has been fighting renal cell carcinoma for more than two years, and has faced down multiple times he's been told to make his peace with the end. He's fought on, and looked for a time at selling the business. But over the last couple of months he's come to the decision it's time to close up shop, he said. "No regrets. Truly no regrets at all," he said. "I think we've made our mark on the world." Gustaf's Greenery started in the Western Mall before moving to its current location on Minnesota Avenue in 1986. "42 years slips by real fast," Gustaf said. Gustaf said his store has made its name for its work on holidays, but also weddings, funerals and other events that require flowers. Gustaf's Greenery isn't just one man, he repeated several times, but a team of talented and highly educated florists. "What incredible luck we've had to do what we do and touch people's hearts," he said. Most of his staff is moving to the Young & R... https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/12/20/gustafs-greenery-flower-shop-closing-after-42-years/2381620002/
This pretty flower is a weed; Get rid of it fast! - INFORUMTuesday, March 19, 2019
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@... https://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4486210-pretty-flower-weed-get-rid-it-fast
Fielding Questions: Can tulip bulbs be replanted in a pot, trying... - The Dickinson PressWednesday, March 06, 2019
However, it’s very important to note the entire Endless Summer series is not well-adapted for general planting in North Dakota and northern Minnesota unless certain measures are followed. The series belongs to the species Hydrangea macrophylla, which is different from other hydrangeas that thrive in our region. It’s more closely related to the florist-type hydrangea, and a majority of gardeners have reported disappointment after the first season.Those who report success with the Endless Summer series plant the shrubs in protected, shaded microclimates, mulch through the growing season, provide plentiful moisture and ensure winter protection, including good snow cover.Q: It was great fun to see the photos and read the letter from the person in Moorhead with the prolific amaryllis. I also had one of these huge white double amaryllis from Walmart this Christmas. Mine had three stems and also had 17 flowers. — Linda Luessen, Valley City, N.D.A: Thanks, Linda, for your interesting comments.Linda continues, “I got mine at the Jamestown, N.D., Walmart. When the bloom first showed color, I was disappointed to see it was going to be white, because the flower on the box was red with a white star in the middle and was labeled ‘Stargazer.’ I was amazed at the size of the bud, then this huge double flower opened up. The flowers were so large, and there were so many it was hard to distinguish one bloom from another. Needless to say, I will be checking for these mislabeled bulbs again next Christmas!”Stargazer amaryllis should indeed be bright red with white stripes, so obviously a mix-up occurred somewhere in packaging, but at least it turned into a pleasant surprise.If you have a gardening or lawn care question, email Don Kinzler at ForumGrowingTogether@hotmail.com. All questions will be answered, and those with broad appeal may be published, so please include your name, city and state for appropriate advice. https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4574152-fielding-questions-can-tulip-bulbs-be-replanted-pot-trying-out-new
Obituary: Benjamin Lawrence Gordon, of Redding - Weston, CT PatchTuesday, March 05, 2019
Ben courted Suzanne when she went to Smith College, and sent her romantic letters with pressed flowers from his travels. They married in 1966 and lived in St. Paul, Minnesota briefly before moving to New York where he went to graduate school and she taught at the New Lincoln School. They then moved to Ridgefield, and Ben began a satisfying career teaching English and History at New Canaan High School. Ben continued to travel extensively with Suzanne, enjoying trips throughout Europe, Central America, and the U.S. and Canada. They took ballroom dancing classes, kayaked throughout New England, and shared a love of music and art, going to New York to museums and the Metropolitan Opera.When Ben and Suzanne moved to Redding in 1975 he embraced the town, growing a large garden and raising chickens and bees. He coached little league baseball for the Redding Boys and Girls Club, served as a member of the Redding Zoning Commission from 1983 to 2011, and volunteered at the Mark Twain Library. Ben and Suzanne raised their beloved children Joshua and Sarah in Redding, and "Dampy" enjoyed his three granddaughters: Ruthy and Helen Flint and Cate Gordon.Ben had an irreverent sense of humor, loved his work as a teacher, and encouraged his children to trust themselves. He enjoyed playing with his granddaughters and taking them to playgrounds and the beach. He was fun, thoughtful, and had genuine chutzpah. He will be remembered and sorely missed.May his memory be a blessing.Get the Weston-Redding-Easton newsletterSubscribe... https://patch.com/connecticut/weston-ct/obituary-benjamin-lawrence-gordon-redding