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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.

Jan 24, 2020

Just field notes this week! 


Jan 17, 2020

Martagon lilies are a true northern gem which we hope will become a huge cut flower trend.   In this episode we have a wonderful conversation about these flowers with the "Martagon King",  Dr. Ieuan Evans, one of our most prolific plant breeders on the prairies, about these lovely flowers.  

Dr. Evans is the originator...


Dec 13, 2019

Planning is a year-round activity for flower farmers, so we decided to talk about what we do by quarter.  This episode finds us discussing Q1 - planning during the January to March window.  

 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum and audio editing was completed by the uber talented...


Dec 6, 2019

Pricing of blooms for market is one of those issues that is the source of much hair pulling, especially for new growers.  In this week's episode we are chatting about how we think through prices for retail sales.  We will have another episode in the future on pricing for bouquets, weddings. 

The references we cite in...


Nov 29, 2019

Foraging , gleaning, wild crafting.  In this episode we are so happy to have Lorna from Ninebark Farm back with us to have a good discussion about the the ethics (and legalities) of foraging. 

As flower farmer-florists, foraging of materials to supplement  bouquets or designs may be a temptation, especially to achieve...