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    Master Gardeners highlight buy local movement for cut flowers
    By Ron Singleton 20 hrs ago (0)
    Josie Crowson, co-producer of a 16-minute movie about the importance of America’s cut-flower industry, will speak on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at England Run Library, Room 2, 806 Lyons Blvd., Fredericksburg.

    The topic of her presentation, “Local Flowers, Local Farmers: A Growing Movement,” is also the movie’s title.

    Crowson is a board member for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and a former cut-flower farmer. This Virginia Cooperative Extension program, organized by Extension Master Gardeners, is free and open to the public.

    Crowson will show her film, which illustrates how local cut-flower farmers are taking back their market, which has been long dominated by foreign producers. Through interviews with flower farmers, flower buyers, florists and a university researcher, the film demonstrates the benefits of local flowers over imported flowers. The film is directed by Bayley Silleck, who also directed the critically acclaimed movie “Rappahannock.”

    Following the film, Crowson will introduce several local flower farmers who will talk about their farms and where consumers can buy their beautiful locally-grown cut flowers. Flower farmers Britton Barbee, Lois Abernathy, Tom Roberson, and George and Roxanna Snead will represent the local cut-flower industry.

    The event is sponsored by the Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area. The film may be viewed in advance of the program on YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=PEXs9UUgqqg.

    For more information on the program, contact Laura Westermeier at 540/479-3835; or laura.westermeier@gmail.com.

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