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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.

Feb 21, 2020

This week Heather and Clara have a conversation about no-till growing.   Both of us use no, or minimal till methods.   We talk about the general principles, but focus on how and why we use no-till methods and specifically on various considerations for small scale growers in northern latitudes that are not always...


Feb 14, 2020

Managing pests and disease in when you are growing in a hoop house or greenhouse can be challenging.  These high value spaces need to be in production as much as possible to get return on investment, and sometimes it is hard to sort out crop rotation.  This combined with the artificially warm and humid conditions can...


Feb 7, 2020

Bearded irises (Iris germanica) are some of Clara's favorite blooms.  But are they really a decent cut flower? According to Dole et. al. 2017 , likely not for large scale production, but for the smaller grower looking for some blooms that add total WOW factor in the early summer, especially for weddings, these do belong...