Hannah Whitehead, an educator with UMass Extension, was recently quoted in a Boston Globe article on the increased interest in growing cut flowers in Massachusetts. She says the UMass Extension vegetable team applied for a Department of Agricultural Resources grant in order “to support local growers” in areas such as “soil health and pest management where the Extension has expertise.”

"The increase in interest in growing and buying cut flowers spurred the UMass Extension vegetable team last year to apply for a Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources grant to study how to help farmers. Hannah Whitehead of the vegetable team says the impetus was the lack of information on growing cut flowers and increased questions from Massachusetts farmers. Over the winter, the vegetable team held two webinars on integrated pest management and on production with experts discussing aspects of flower growing, and both were well-attended. During the summer, the team plans two on-farm events, one in the western part of the state and one in the east, to provide information and discussion. The two-year grant provides for two more webinars and on-farm events in 2025."

The Boston Globe

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