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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.

Nov 21, 2020

This week we are delighted to have Linda D'Arco of Little Farmhouse Flowers back to have a conversation about "Flower Sharing" a concept commercialized in the US by Bloomerent.   We discuss what it is, how it affects/could affect us as small flower farmer/florists, and issues around sustainability. 

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Nov 15, 2020

Such a great chat this week with Dr. Stephanie Frischie from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation !  Stephanie is an agronomist and native plant specialist and so generously and clearly talks us through types of pollinators we didn't know about and how to enhance habitat on our farms.

The great book by...

May 16, 2020

As a flower farmer who may be thinking of expanding into weddings, you couldn't find a more generous and knowledgable teacher than Tobey Nelson of Tobey Nelson Events and Weddings.  She is a pioneer and expert in sustainable floristry and events, and we both had the great opportunity to attend a workshop on these...

Apr 25, 2020

Mental health is as critical as physical health.  This week we have a frank discussion with Lesley Kelly of Do More Ag, a not-for profit organization "championing the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers". 

Check out their website for great resources, links, and blog to help you and your...

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...