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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.

Dec 19, 2020

This week we are chatting with Miriam Goldberger, founder and co-owner of Wildflower Farm in Coldwater, Ontario, Canada.  Miriam and her husband have been flower farming on their land since 1988 and proceeded to develop it from a conventional flower farm (with a lot of focus on everlastings!) to one focused on...


Dec 13, 2020

This week we are chatting with Dr. Ken Fry of Old's College in Alberta about his work developing a biological control for Lily Beetle, an introduced pest that is devastating to lily growers in Canada.

Check out information on the lily beetle at Olds College Lily Beetle Page

You can follow Dr. Fry on his twitter feed...


Dec 6, 2020

This week we discuss which crops were most profitable for us in 2020.

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. 

 


Nov 30, 2020

A bit of a hiccup with podcast hosting memory exceedances has meant only field notes this week... back with full episode next week.

 

 


Nov 21, 2020

This week we are delighted to have Linda D'Arco of Little Farmhouse Flowers back to have a conversation about "Flower Sharing" a concept commercialized in the US by Bloomerent.   We discuss what it is, how it affects/could affect us as small flower farmer/florists, and issues around sustainability. 

Our theme music was...