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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.

Jul 2, 2019

This week Heather and Clara discuss some of the issues you need to think about when embarking upon irrigation.  

Key references that may be of help are as follows: 

 Irrigation water analyses guidelines from Alberta Agriculture (accessed spring 2019)

Rural Water Quality Information Tool (Alberta Ag and Forestry accessed spring 2019)

Alberta government guidelines for preparing agricultral feasibility reports for irrigation projects

Alberta Agriculture Season Extension Webinare referring to salt accumulation in hoop houses

Good summary document from the FAO

Good Fact Sheet on Irrigation Water Quality from Colorado State University

Reference for cost of groundwater salinization in the Central Valley of California

Diamond, Jared.  2005, 2011.  Collapse. How societies choose to fail or succeed. Viking Press. 


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