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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.

Apr 9, 2019

The trend for local flowers is following in the footsteps of the local food movement.  In this episode we discuss the nuances and implications of branding ourselves as "local" and share our opinions about the importance of being local and being transparent about what it means when marketing blooms.

In this episode we reference several documents.  They, along with other articles which informed our discussion are as follows:

  1. Stewart, Amy.  2007. The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. Algonquin Books. 
  2. 2019 Washington Post Article on Rose Imports (accessed Spring 2019)
  3. 2019 Op-Ed article in New York Times  (accessed Spring 2019)
  4. 2018 Globe and Mail Article "The Dark Side of the Bloom" (accessed Spring 2019)
  5. On florists' and cut flower industry workers exposure to pesticides (article from 2017, accessed Spring 2019):
  6. On neurobehavioral effects found in children exposed to flower pesticides (article from 2016, accessed Spring 2019)
  7. Pesticide exposure to cut flower farmers in Japan (article from 2017, accessed Spring 2019)
  8. 2011 Smithsonian article on flower industry 
  9. CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) guidelines on Local Food labeling