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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 30, 2020

This week we are chatting about planning for Q2.

 

Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum and audio editing was completed by the uber talented Laura Eccleston.


Mar 20, 2020

Controlling disease and pests in hoophouses can be challenging.  We had noticed that recently some flower farmers in the U.S. have adopted "in-ground soil steaming" to tackle this challenge.  In the course of investigating in-ground steaming further,  we came across research into a new technology that works with...


Mar 13, 2020

Soil blocking is a cornerstone of our flower operations.  We both start the majority of our seeds in soil blocks. In this episode we discuss a bit of the history, why we use soil blocks, basic recipes and the various resources we have used. 

The soil blocking resource booklet Heather mentioned can be found here:


Mar 6, 2020

Well, this week we are venturing into the "hot button" topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The technology for genetic engineering is developing in leaps and bounds.  In fact, how rapidly it is developing completely blind sided us.  So we thought a little bit of a discussion about GMOs in the floriculture...


Mar 1, 2020

Local tulips in Alberta in February?  You bet, Jaq and Trudie of  The Tulip Farm, Red Deer have been growing hydroponic tulips for over a decade for the local market here!  We got to spend a fabulous hour chatting with Jaq about their operation and how they are able to bring truly local tulips to market in Alberta in...