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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 20, 2022

Our chat with cut flower growing veterans, Ralph and Jeriann of Deadhead Cut Flowers is a deep dive into growing, business and philosophy.   From subsurface irrigation to weed management to balance,  this was a wide ranging and oh so fun conversation!

Be sure to check out Ralph's books on growing

All Pollen No Petal 


Jun 10, 2022

Just field notes this week!

 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing done by the uber-talented Laura Eccleston.


Jun 10, 2022

This week we are chatting with Dr. Nathan Jahnke again, this time about his research on long term tulip storage!  Nathan recently published a fabulous paper in Hort Science on his comprehensive study of storage of tulips and Dutch Iris.  You can find the paper here: 

Postharvest Handling Techniques for Long-term Storage...


May 23, 2022

We're back with more critical information about pesticides in the ornamental industry, this time with the amazing Dr. Christine Bishop.  Dr. Bishop is a research scientist at Environment Canada in the area of Conservation and Protection of Species At Risk, her current research focuses on cumulative stressors on Species...


May 22, 2022

Just field notes this week!

 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing done by the uber-talented Laura Eccleston.