What is the future for Flower Farmers in the Watsonville/Salinas area?
On July 18th, The California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) sponsored this dinner meeting to "rally the farmers," and help with the Commission's Strategic Direction.
CCFC opened the meeting with a list of programs designed to bring the California Farms to the forefront of the Flower Industry.
Approximately 17 Flower Handlers representing 10 Flower Farms met at Kitayama Brothers Nursery to discuss the challenges we all face.
Sharing dinner and conversation among competing farms brought out the bond that holds us together. There was a consensus of opinion that People make the difference. "We need new blood and new ideas" to make our farms work. The discussions evolved into bringing our children into the business and show them the excitement that farming can give.
One new Flower Farmer, in business for less than a year, summed it up..."I wish everyone could see our flowers, they would buy it!”
~ Dave (pictures by Tony)