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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.

Apr 26, 2021

How do you get organic certification for your flower farm?   Cody Sander, Certification Coordinator for Saskatoon, Canada based certifying body, Pro-Cert answers all of our questions.  And he helps us understand the similarities and differences between organic and regenerative certification.  If you are interested in...


Apr 18, 2021

Crown gall is one of those plant diseases you hope to never see in your garden, but it turns out it is not uncommon.  This week we were so fortunate to chat with Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic about crown gall, and what we can do about it if we find it.    

Melodie has published  a...


Apr 11, 2021

An innovative company right here in Alberta has answered our prayers,  Biocomposites Group out of Drayton Valley Alberta, has developed hemp-based, peat-free, growing media!    Their Terrafibre growing media products include growing mats and cubes that replace peat and rock wool, both of which are mined products,...


Apr 4, 2021

Managing insect damage without using harmful pesticides is a key skill for anyone concerned about farming or gardening sustainably.    We were so grateful to have the opportunity to chat with Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, on the puts and takes of...