“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe,” once said the French novelist and essayist Anatole France.
A generation ago, two of the state’s most experienced protea farmers, Howard Asper Sr. and Dr. Peter Sacks saw the possibilities of this region to grow protea of exquisite quality. And it has taken every bit of that generation, and even part of a second, to learn exactly which proteas to grow, where to grow them, and how to grow them properly within California’s many diverse microclimates.
Steady increase in farmers
Over the last three years California has seen a steady increase in the number of new farmers in the state, primarily due to the increased awareness of, and demand for, protea in the United States and Canada. Now over 250 protea farmers from California’s Monterey Bay in the north down to San Diego in the south are growing a wide range of Protea, Leucadendron, Leucospermum, Banksia, Bruniaceae, Telopea and Grevillea.
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