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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.

Feb 14, 2021

Stone Meadow Gardens is a glorious flower farm located in the Kootenays of SE British Columbia.   This week we had the opportunity to chat with owners Sarah and Carl, about how they grew their farm with sustainability and stewardship as their guiding principles.  Such an inspiring conversation with two farmers who are...


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...


Dec 6, 2020

This week we discuss which crops were most profitable for us in 2020.

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. 

 


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. 

Our theme music was...


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...