Protecting farm workers amidst climate change

2020-06-30T15:37:32-05:00June 30, 2020|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

More days per year are dangerously hot – and that number is growing. Protecting farm labor from heat stress should be a priority.

by Enrico Villamaino

A new study released by the University of Washington and Stanford University reveals how climate change can negatively affect the ability of agricultural workers to safely operate in the field. (more…)

More than a special occasion

2020-05-27T13:59:08-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower West|

Watching for trends in color selections pays off. “Everyone wants peach, cream and blues,” Beth Syphers (right) said.
Photo courtesy of Crowley House Flower Farm & Studio

by Sally Colby

There’s no doubt Beth Syphers’s early years influenced what she’s doing today. “Growing up, we had amazing, beautiful flowers with a lot of different landscape specimens that bloomed year-round,” said Beth. (more…)

Should growers be concerned about the Asian giant hornet?

2020-06-03T10:03:15-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower West|

The Asian giant hornet
Photo courtesy of Allan Smith-Pardo, Invasive Hornets, USDA APHIS PPQ,

by Courtney Llewellyn

If you were to pay attention solely to the sensationalized news reports, you might think America was about to be overrun by so-called “murder hornets.” In reality, Asian giant hornets (AGHs) are not necessarily a threat – yet. (more…)

Every pot has a lid

2020-05-27T13:48:47-05:00May 27, 2020|Grower, Grower Midwest|

With an assortment of unique containers at hand, John Boyer makes each flower presentation special.
Photo courtesy of Honey Haven Farm

by Sally Colby

John Boyer grew up on a dairy farm and continued to milk cows as an adult. Although the dairy enterprise ended 18 years ago, Boyer continues to farm Honey Haven Farm in Ashland, Ohio. (more…)