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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 29, 2019

Foraging , gleaning, wild crafting.  In this episode we are so happy to have Lorna from Ninebark Farm back with us to have a good discussion about the the ethics (and legalities) of foraging. 

As flower farmer-florists, foraging of materials to supplement  bouquets or designs may be a temptation, especially to achieve the naturalistic looks that have been so popular.   We hope this conversation helps you to think about all the puts and takes around this practice and informs your decisions to do so.  We also hope that it might encourage you to explore options that build relationships with your fellow farmers and the natural world and that expand your growing skills!

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