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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.

Nov 8, 2019

Earlier this year we had the great fortune to chat with internationally renowned plant breeder Dr. Keith Hammett (http://www.drkeithhammett.co.nz) and his research associate Dharini Marinkovich.  Our conversation ran wide and deep into the areas of sweet peas and dahlias.  As a result, we divided the conversation into 2...


Oct 29, 2019

 I (Clara) have been waiting with bated breath for this chat with Heather about her passion for dried flowers!

This episode is chock full of tips (including Heather's top 10 flowers to dry!) and advice for anyone interested in starting to dry some of your summer harvest, you won't want to miss this...


Oct 26, 2019

Earlier this year we had the great fortune to chat with internationally renowned plant breeder Dr. Keith Hammett (http://www.drkeithhammett.co.nz) and his research associate Dharini Marinkovich.  Our conversation ran wide and deep into the areas of sweet peas and dahlias.  As a result, we divided the conversation into 2...


Oct 18, 2019

To kick off our second (!) season we are chatting with Dr. Lien Luong, a research scientist at the University of Alberta, who is investigating biological control of slugs.  

In this episode we learn about slug ecology (did you know they are hermaphrodites?!), Dr. Luong's promising research into a biological control and...


Sep 26, 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...