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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 15, 2019

We have noticed an up-tick in our social media feeds (gosh that is a revealing term) of the use of noxious weeds in bouquets and installations.  There have been various rationalizations about their use, including that by "harvesting and using " them, one is controlling their spread.   As a result, we thought we should have a conversation with the experts about how we should approach using plants on the controlled noxious species lists in our work.  Boy did we learn alot!  Bottom line: don't use them!  When you do you are adversely impacting your ecosystem, your fellow farmers and ** this was a big one for us** you are actually encouraging increased use of herbicides!

The classification of a plant as noxious or prohibited noxious varies depending on where you are in your province or state.  Please, please please talk to your agricultural extension officers or just google noxious weeds for your location.  For our listeners in Alberta the following are some great links:

Alberta Ag Noxious Weeds List

Alberta Ag Prohibited Noxious Weeds List

Please note- there are no field notes attached to this week's episode as our amazing audio editor Laura is away and we are kind of lost without her!

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