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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 16, 2019

Welcome to the Sustainable Flowers Podcast, we are so glad you are joining us on this adventure! 

Today we are introducing ourselves and chatting a bit about what motivated us to start this podcast conversation.   As well, we talk a bit about what's going on on our farms this week.  

Heather's flower farming business is Boreal Blooms Boreal Blooms Instagram She farms about 0.5 acres on both leased farmland and in her own yard in Zone 3a in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada.

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Clara's flower farming business is Meadow & Thicket Farm http://meadowandthicket.ca/wordpress/.  Clara grows her flowers on about 0.3 of an acre in Zone 2a near the small town of Wildwood, west of the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

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Week 1 - January 2, 2019 This week on our farms 

Heather has been

  • organizing her seed collection and getting all of her spreadsheets in order and up to date with all the germination requirements for each of the types of crops she grows.  This will streamline her work and make life alot easier when the spring rush hits. 
  • getting her potting media ready for starting her Lisianthus seeds.

Clara has been

  • cleaning up her trays from last year, and in her frustration with the piles, ended up taking a car load of her trays to her local car wash, where she had good success in washing the bulk of the debris and soil off them very quickly, saving her alot of time. 
  • Clara started her Lisianthus December 30 because last year, starting them in mid January resulted in no flowers before the first dump of snow in September.

Thanks for listening!

Our podcast music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing was done by Laura Eccleston.