Flowering in the North Retreat

Flowering in the North logo on blue deck with snow and dry flowers

A winter meeting to share knowledge about Zone 5 growingmarketing, and designing with farm-fresh flowers.


The team at Flowering in the North is thrilled to announce we are going deep this winter. Deep into the woods to talk about our businesses, our industry and our ourselves. We’re planning a 3 day/2 night retreat-style gathering with a small group of 30-35 experienced flower farmers. Mark your calendar for February 4-6, 2020. Continue reading for more information and a link to the application.

The Experience:

You can expect to have time to unwind, socialize with your flower farming peers and consider all aspects of your business. There will be guided large and small group exercises, independent work time and networking time. Our goal is to explore ourselves and our industry in an attempt to grow our capacity as a community of colleagues and to go home renewed and refreshed for another season of top notch flower production and sales.

The Location:

The 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine’s North Woods.

We’ll be gathering at the rustic but well-appointed Medawisla Lodge, part of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s series of huts. We will be staying in shared bunkhouses and meals will be provided by the staff at the hut. You are welcome to upgrade to a cabin at your own expense.

The lodge is located 4.5 hours north of Portland, Maine.

AMC Lodging Details

The Catch:

Due to limited space and with the intention to curate an intimate and dynamic event, registration is by application.

What we are looking for in applicants:

  • Flower farming is your primary income
  • You have at least 4 years of flower farm operational management experience
  • You farm in zone 6 or colder

We can only accept one person from each operation and we are looking for a cohort with a diversity of crops in production and a diversity of marketing strategies and outlets. Priority consideration will initially be given to applicants who meet our 3 criteria. Not sure if you meet the criteria? Reach out to us and let’s talk.

Cost for registration and attendance will be covered by Flowering in the North.

***Travel expenses and accommodation upgrades, beyond the basic bunkhouse, are not included.

Next Steps:

Please follow this link to fill out our online application.

The DEADLINE for submitting your application is: Sunday, December 22nd. We will inform the selected attendees by January 3rd.

The Details:

This event will be a facilitated meeting that considers business and industry development. This is not a design demo or a how-to-grow workshop. Our goal is to bring together seasoned flower farmers to explore our individual and collective work in a retreat-style atmosphere to further develop our community and ourselves. We will plan to start our activities mid-afternoon on Tuesday, February 4th. There will be evening discussions as well as opportunities for independence throughout the day. We will close our time together after sharing lunch on Thursday, February 6th. Our hope is that by using the proceeds from the previous Flowering in the North conferences to offset the costs of this shared time, we can make the experience attainable and attractive enough to want to travel deep into the Maine Woods and get right to it.

Consider arriving early or staying longer and enjoying the ski trails.

So You Still Have Questions:

Feel free to direct your questions to Becky Gray at (207) 781-6099 or rebecca.gray@maine.edu

The Crew behind Flowering in the North-

Stacy Brenner, Broadturn Farm

Carolyn Snell, Carolyn Snell Designs and Snell Family Farm

Alaena Robbins, Broadturn Farm

Jason Lilley, Cumberland County Cooperative Extension

Matt Wallhead, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist/Assistant Professor, University of Maine


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