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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.

Mar 6, 2019

This week we are chatting with Curtis Clark, one of the owners of Green Island Farming Company, based in southern Alberta, near Medicine Hat.  Curtis and his wife Morgan have developed a line of peat free, craft compost and potting mixes packaged in paper bags (no plastic)!  We are really excited about this new option for Canadian growers, and had great fun chatting with Curtis.

Green Island Farming Company

Week 11 Field Notes

This week Clara is starting her Rudbeckia's and sweet peas!  Heather is bumping up some of her perennials and starting to look at seeding flowers that need to be started 8 weeks before the last frost date!  Spring is surely coming.  We also chat a bit about our experience with snapdragons and timing of warming up dahlia tubers. 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing was completed by the brilliant Laura Eccleston.