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The Sustainable Flowers Podcast:

A conversation about sustainable cut flower growing and designing between two passionate Canadian  growers trying to figure it out.

Heather and Clara grow cut flowers for market on the northern edge of the Canadian Prairies.  In this podcast they discuss the issues they face and alternatives to conventional approaches that they are putting into practice or are trialing to ensure that their small-scale flower farming operations are sustainable. Looking to the past and to new technologies to learn the whys and hows, they discuss everything from peat to floral foam, Antirrhinum to Zinnias as well as their weekly adventures on their Zones 2 and 3 flower farms.

Jul 19, 2019

For the intensely busy summer field and market season we will be taking a hiatus from full episode format.  We will, however, record our "field notes" each week to keep you up to date on what is going on our farms!  Hope you enjoy them.

 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum and audio...


Jul 11, 2019

For the intensely busy summer field and market season we will be taking a hiatus from full episode format.  We will, however, record our "field notes" each week to keep you up to date on what is going on our farms!  Hope you enjoy them.

 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum and audio...


Jul 2, 2019

This week Heather and Clara discuss some of the issues you need to think about when embarking upon irrigation.  

Key references that may be of help are as follows: 

 Irrigation water analyses guidelines from Alberta Agriculture (accessed spring 2019)

Rural Water Quality Information Tool (Alberta Ag and...


Jun 22, 2019

This week Clara chats with Jay Lowe of  Jaqueline Gardens Ltd.  in Niton Junction in NW Alberta.  Jay's family started growing cut flowers in a greenhouse way out in Zone 2 in Niton Junction 30 years ago!  He shares with us the history of their pioneering Alberta greenhouse cut flower business.    

He no longer grows...


Jun 13, 2019

This week's episode is a really high level overview of composting.  Composting is critical for maintaining fertility in your soil if you are growing and harvesting intensively. Heather and I chat about how we compost, using thermo-compost, vermicompost and bokashi composting, leaf mold, and mushroom compost. 

There are...