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Keeping things natural come Hell or High Water - Enumclaw Courier-HeraldTuesday, June 25, 2019
Within a few years, the couple were urban homesteaders, having advanced to a rented home in Seattle. From their Wallingford neighborhood, they had backyard chickens and had added grapes, hops, flowers and fruit trees to their growing operation. It was clear they were destined for something more than being hobby farmers, growing for their own table. A key transition came in 2015 when Kevin participated in the Organic Farming Education Program, offered by Tilth Alliance. Located in Auburn, it offers education for beginner farmers and serves as a business incubator. For three years, he grew vegetables and flowers and kept flocks of laying hens at Tilth’s Red Barn Ranch. “It was nice being around like-minded individuals,” Kevin says of his relationship with Tilth.A commercial customer stops by Hell Or High Water Farm, picking up an order of 25 dozen eggs. Photo by Kevin Hanson After a couple of brief stops, it was in 2018 that the Helfricks moved Hell or High Water Farm to Enumclaw’s Cart Before Horse Farm. They live in a home on the property and use five acres of land, all nestled in a rural setting just north of Enumclaw. While Desiree continues her day job off the farm, Kevin has transitioned to full-time work at Hell or High Water. He tends a flock that, these days, is producing upward of 150 eggs per day and nurtures the land that produces a wide range of vegetables and flowers. There were tough lessons to be learned along the way, but Kevin said there are no regrets when it comes to leading a particular kind of farm life. Standing in a barn, looking out over his flock, he says, “This is one of the only things that has made my heart sing.” THE MISSION “Our work is grounded in a deep respect for our natural world and all the creatures in it,” the Helfricks write on their website (hellorhighwaterfarm.com). “We believe it is our responsibility as farmers to foster sustainable agricultural practices as stewards of the land and our community.” Take their chickens, for example: “We believe firmly that all creatures have a right to sun, fresh grass, and the freedom to engage in behaviors which are innate to their species,” the Helfricks write. The birds are moved from spot to spot, held in place by solar-powered electric fencing, enjoying pasture life from sunrise to sundown. “Our goal is for the chickens to have a million great days and just one bad one,” Kevin said, with a nod to the reality of life as a farm bird. Vegetables and flowers originate from certified organic, non-GMO seeds, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties. The Helfricks go so far as preferring hand tools to tractors when it comes to tilling the land, and certain plants are used to attract useful insects that eat pests. -- -- ... https://www.courierherald.com/business/keeping-things-natural-come-hell-or-high-water/
A little bit of the tropics comes to Moraga - LamorindaweeklyThursday, May 02, 2019
To see Ow's upcoming creation, visit the Bouquets to Art exhibit at The de Young Museum, June 4-9. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. One of several centerpieces created by Moraga Garden Club members. http://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1305/A-little-bit-of-the-tropics-comes-to-Moraga.html
Floral-shop killer has behaved in prison. The parole board wasn't impressed. - SILive.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Supreme Court, St. George.Witnesses identified him as being outside the store just minutes before the shooting, and wearing the same clothes as the culprit, the Advance reported.Witnesses inside the shop said a man wearing a gray hoodie, dark sunglasses and a red bandanna walked in and fired once. The shooter ran out after an exchange of gunfire that ended with DeMarco, the father of two young children, slumped behind the counter.Morales' sister-in-law testified she overheard conversations about the crimes and saw the defendant in possession of a gun.The firearm, which prosecutors said was a .44-caliber Magnum, was never found.At the defendant's sentencing, a justice told Morales his half-brother, Roberto Gonzalez, the getaway car driver, had implicated himself and Morales in a confession to police.Gonzalez’s admission, however, was not used against Morales at trial.Still, Morales remained resolute, maintaining his innocence, despite the conviction."I stand before you convicted, but I am totally innocent of the charges, Your Honor," Morales told the judge. Steven Morales was sentenced to 25 years to life in June of 1993. Gonzalez, 52, was also convicted of murder in November 1993. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and was paroled last year after three prior denials.In its report, the parole board commended Morales for his personal growth, productive use of time, positive disciplinary record and progress while incarcerated.The board also lauded him for completing all mandatory programs while behind bars and for participating in volunteer programs. Still, the panel said those factors weren’t enough to spring Morales.The victim's slaying during the course of an attempted robbery represented a “tragic escalation” of Morales’ criminal history which includes a prior felony conviction for shooting another person, the board noted.“A review of your records, a personal interview and deliberation lead the panel to conclude that release at this time is incompatible with the welfare of society,” wrote the board.Morales can re-apply for parole in October 2020. https://www.silive.com/news/2019/04/floral-shop-killer-has-behaved-in-prison-the-parole-board-wasnt-impressed.html
Michigan Floral Association is now Great Lakes Floral Association - PerishableNewsThursday, May 02, 2019
Association (GLFA). Nothing has changed except for the name. Our mission statement has dropped the word Michigan but otherwise remains the same: To provide education and professional partnerships to advance business and position our colleagues at the forefront of the floral industry.The idea for a name change first emerged at last years strategic planning meeting. The Board of Directors wanted to be more welcoming and more inclusive to anyone in our region who would like to become part of the association, hence the name change seamed logical. They were primarily thinking of those industry members to the south and east where retail floral education and professional industry partnerships are getting hard to find.As the Association moves forward into our second century we embrace change and look forward to welcoming industry members from near and far. Our goal is to make you feel welcome and part of the Great Lakes Floral Association family.If you have any questions please feel free to call me at the GLFA office (517) 575-0110 or visit our newly redesigned website at www.greatlakesfloralassociation.orgThe Great Lakes Floral Association is a full-service trade organization representing more than 400 florists, growers, and wholesalers. Located in Haslett, Michigan, GLFA offers group savings on insurance, financial... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/michigan-floral-association-is-now-great-lakes-floral-association/
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICPF program.
This program is designed to give ICPF graduates the opportunity to develop and broaden their knowledge of the floral industry and enhance the professionalism of Illinois florists.
Leanne and her husband, Bruce, own Leanne’s Pretty Petals ... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Tropical Storm Florence: Couple reschedules wedding due to storm, donates flowers to cancer patientsMonday, October 01, 2018
CONCORD, N.C. - A North Carolina couple whose wedding was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence have made sure their flowers won’t go to waste. >> Read more trending news The couple, along with their florist, donated the floral arrangements to patients at Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute in Concord, WSOC reported. As each patient finished their chemotherapy or infusion treatment, they were given their pick of the arrangements. “Anytime anyone does anything nice for someone who’s going through cancer, it’s wonderful,” said patient Patricia Riser. “And flowers, of course, are just great. And everybody, everybody loves flowers, and I love flowers, too.” Riser sent her thanks to the couple. “I think it’s wonderful that you thought enough of someone... https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national/tropical-storm-florence-couple-reschedules-wedding-due-storm-donates-flowers-cancer-patients/iyeQCq2bXFdvbq3IkJeipL/
Schaefer Wholesale Florist Launches New & Improved Website For Better Customer ExperienceMonday, October 01, 2018
West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. “SWF is continually seeking ways to fulfill our client’s needs with the highest-quality fresh-cut flowers, special event supplies, and more, and the new website does just that. With the new website, we not only expanded our customer reach with a clean, modern look, but deliver easy to access direct buying options that improve customer selection and offer expanding buying power with outstanding costs savings. In addition, we are excited about the new informational video tutorials on the new site.”- Sherry Schaefer, Buyer/Owner, Schaefer Wholesale Florist. The new website allows Schaefer Wholesale Florist to better serve their clients and continue the tradition of delivering the highest quality products with competitive prices. At Schaefer Wholesale Florist, the new site promises a fresh, up-to-date look that is easily navigated, to make selecting and purchasing the finest, freshest florals and accessories with value packed pricing, cost saving shipping solutions, and excellent service. Visit Schaefer Wholesale Florist (https://www.SWFlorist.com) today, experience the ease of the new client-centric website and find your favorite fresh florals and supplies! Bio: In 1958, Schaefer Wholesale Florist began providing stunning fresh cut flowers to florists, wedding and floral designers, retail and wholesale merchants, and special events planners. Their business has grown successfully due to guaranteed on-time delivery of premium fresh flowers and foliage to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Today their longstanding tradition of quality, service, and value continues with the South American Direct Program, the Holland Fresh Cut Direct Program, Quick Buy online ordering, and Dutch-Direct Online/Ecommerce Auction. As always, Schaefer Wholesale Florist continues to meet their longstanding goal of delivering the freshest fresh cut flowers anywhere along with foliage, plants, supplies, and accessories. Source: Schaefer Wholesale Florist ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0070771
Stinky corpse flower set to bloom in VancouverTuesday, July 17, 2018
Any day now residents and visitors will have a chance to witness one of nature’s strangest displays.”The park board acquired the flower in 2016 from a nursery in North Carolina. Vancouver is one of a handful of cities in North America which is home to a corpse flower.The park board is holding a “name the flower” competition on their website over the next few days.Visitors take photos of the corpse flower at the New York Botanical Garden.Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesVisitors take photos of the corpse flower at the New York Botanical Garden.Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesVisitors take photos of the corpse flower at the New York Botanical Garden.Drew Angerer / GETTY B.C. considering all options to replace Greyhound services Man missing from B.C.-bound cruise found unresponsive, declared dead in hospital ... https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/stinky-corpse-flower-set-to-bloom-in-vancouver
Nature stinks! Rare corpse flower about to unleash its stench at Bloedel ConservatoryTuesday, July 17, 2018
June 21, and by July 6 it was more than a metre-and-a-half tall. Native to the equatorial rainforests on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, the plant was acquired from a North Carolina nursery in 2016.The plant can grow up to almost four metres tall, and its "corm," or underground plant stem, can weigh up to 90 kilograms.After the first bloom, corpse flowers may not bloom for another two or three years, and can even take another 10 years. According to the park board this will be the first time the flower has bloomed publicly in B.C. The Bloedel Conservatory is planning to extend its operating hours for the fleeting spectacle, which will last between 24 and 48 hours. For the latest updates, check the conservatory's Twitter feed.With files from On the CoastRead more from CBC British Columbia... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/rare-corpse-flower-bloom-vancouver-bloedel-conservatory-1.4741778