Supporting education for all levels of industry, one grant at a time

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Alexandria, Virginia – The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is pleased to announce that 19 organizations will receive educational grants in 2022-23 from the endowment, totaling $76,590 donated in support of important industry programs.

AFE is thrilled to have the opportunity to support these great organizations and their programs as they grow the industry. With this funding, these organizations will be able to hold conferences, teach students and educators about the floral industry, offer programs such as greenhouse training and florist certification courses, promote floral sustainability practices, and more. .

“We are proud to support vital programs like these that strengthen the industry,” said AFE Treasurer/Secretary and Chair of the Education Committee, Greg Royer.
“We continue to work hard to improve programs that provide learning opportunities for industry members and educate younger generations about exciting and rewarding careers in the floral industry.”

Educational grants 2022-23 awarded to:

  • America in bloom – Colloquium 2023 (portion of the grant funded by the Vogt & Todd grant)
  • Clemson University – Dike
  • Kansas State University – Develop digital educational resources in horticulture (portion of the grant funded by the Del Demaree Fund)
  • Florists’ Association of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan – WUMFA Annual Convention
  • Great Lakes Floral Association – Flower and event exhibition of the Great Lakes
  • AFID Career Development Committee – Bring FFA to the AIFD Chicago 2023 Symposium
  • Texas State Florists’ Association – Texas Floral Education for the Retail Florist
  • American Society of Horticultural Sciences – Elevate your career
  • Society of American Florists – Annual Congress 2023
  • Mississippi State University Plant and Soil Science Department – Exploring Sustainable Floral Environments
  • National Alliance of Floral Associations – Annual meeting
  • University of Kentucky – E-Gro alerts, blogs and webinars
  • National Floriculture Forum – National Floriculture Forum 2023
  • University of Florida – Greenhouse training online course
  • University of Kentucky and North Carolina State University – Fert, Dirt, and Squirt – Nutrition monitoring of greenhouse crops (part of the grant funded by the Christian B. Nissen Research Fund)
  • MSU expansion – Professional Florist Certification Program
  • The Sustainable Flower Project – Prairie Girl Flowers and TJ McGrath Design
  • Pollinator Safety Project – Pollinator Stewardship Council

These important industry events, courses, resources and programs ensure the continued success of the industry by fostering continuing education, networking and professional development opportunities. AFE is delighted to raise them through educational grants. The goal of the grants is not only to attract young professionals to the field, but also to invest in impactful continuing education experiences to solve industry challenges for current industry members.

From conventions to virtual events, the grants encourage education at all levels across all sectors.
If your organization or university hosts an industry event or program, learn more and apply for AFE Educational Grants by June 1 each year at endowment.org/grants.

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