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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.

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...


Jun 6, 2019

We had such a great conversation with Lorna Jackson of Ninebark Farms on Vancouver Island B.C.!  Our rich discussion covered so much, including how she got into flower farming, her five year plan, and how she keeps things sustainable. 

You can find Lorna at https://www.ninebarkfarm.com/ and on instagram at 


May 29, 2019

This week we discuss the issues and some of the research around plastics in horticulture, from our seed starting and potting up practices, our field production - so plastic field "mulches" and landscape or nursery fabrics/cloth, and our retail end with regards to sleeves etc. 

Selected articles referenced in the...


May 22, 2019

This week we are are so fortunate to chat with Joanne Halter of Mistik Acres  (Mistk Acres - Facebook , Mistik Acres - Instagram)  in Alvena Saskatchewan.  Joanne and her husband Pat have been flower farming on the Canadian Prairies for over 15 years, making her one of our longest term, most successful flower growers in...