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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.

Jan 31, 2021

One of the most reliable perennials for our zones, and one no one should be without, is the delphinium!  Generally pest and disease free, hardy, fabulous fresh and dried, and in that most elusive of flower colours- true blue.  But that's not the only colour these beauties come in, thanks to the breeding efforts of the...


Jan 24, 2021

Back in the fall we published the first part of our conversation with Dr. Hammett about dahlia breeding and genetics.  This week, part 2 of our wide-ranging conversation!

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...


Jan 16, 2021

We were so fortunate to chat today with Toby Malloy, Alberta farmer, social worker, therapist and a representative on the Women's Advisory Committee of the National Farmers Union.   

Toby explains the challenges faced by farmers from a completely novel (to us) perspective and provides nourishing advice on how to care...


Jan 10, 2021

Bit of a slow start to 2021 with just field notes this week. Back to full episodes next 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.