22 episodes

A show about regenerative flower farming. Hosted by Jennie Love of Love 'n Fresh Flowers, a flower farm in Philadelphia.

The No-Till Flowers Podcast Jennie Love

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A show about regenerative flower farming. Hosted by Jennie Love of Love 'n Fresh Flowers, a flower farm in Philadelphia.

    The Magical BRIX Number That Stops Pests - An Exciting Conversation with Dr. Tom Dykstra

    The Magical BRIX Number That Stops Pests - An Exciting Conversation with Dr. Tom Dykstra

    In this episode, host Jennie Love is joined by Dr. Tom Dykstra, an entomologist with over 25 years of experience in academic and field research. Predominantly, he has studied insect olfaction (how insects smell) from the standpoint of bioelectromagnetics and has proven a new theory based on the fusion of biophysics and neurophysiology.  Dr. Dykstra has long been involved in the field of agriculture and pest control.  He brings a unique perspective to the table that flies in the face of conventional agriculture's penchant for liberally applying pesticides.  Turns out pesticides kill far more than the pests -- but we regenerative farmers already knew that, right?  Still, it's great to hear a lauded scientist explain why pesticides are the undoing of healthy plants.  
    In this episode, we go into more detail about BRIX and how this easy measurement can be so meaningful to pest management.  Through all his years of research with myriad crops and pests, Dr. Dykstra has found a magical BRIX number where, once that threshold has been reached, pests will not be a problem anymore!  Listen in to learn what that number is!
    In this episode, a few links are mention.  Here they are for easy reference: 
    - Previous interview with Dr. Dykstra on the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast wtih John Kempf
    - The refactometer model Jennie uses at her farm to take BRIX readings. 
    - The Wikipedia article on bioelectromagnetics for those who are curious to have a brief intro to the idea. 
    A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE EDITING OF THIS EPISODE: 
    We're so grateful to Dr. Dykstra for sharing all his nerdy knowledge.  That being said, he did get super nerdy for a bit early on in this interview.  Like super duper nerdy!  We thought we'd loose a lot of you in the weeds if we started the episode with that.  So you'll be jumping into the middle of the interview when you start listening to this episode.  Keep listening alllll the way to the end to hear a lot of detail about how Dr. Dykstra has determined insects "smell".  
    Dr. Dykstra currently works as a consultant for Advancing Eco Ag if you'd like to pick his brain more.  
    This show is brought to you by the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN).  Your membership in RFFN will go to support the making of more podcasts here on No-Till Flowers. Join RFFN today to read dozens of great articles on regenerative practices as they specifically relate to flower farming.   On RFFN, you'll find a more information about regenerative practices for pest control and a nerdy community to talk more about BRIX.  
     
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Everything Ranunculus Episode with Dave Dowling of Ball Colorlink

    The Everything Ranunculus Episode with Dave Dowling of Ball Colorlink

    Host Jennie Love is joined again Dave Dowling of Ball Colorlink. Dave was on Season 1 of the podcast to discuss tulips in detail.  Check out that episode if you haven't already. 
    This time we're talking for an hour about ranunculus cultivation. Because, you know, that's probably what you're doing right now! We cover a lot of ground in this episode, from considerations when ordering corms to pre-sprouting, variety selection, growing in crates(!!), harvesting, storing, and considerations for profitability. 
    In this show, we mention culture sheets for ranunculus that can help give some guidance for growers trying to dial in their ranunculus program.  Here are three for your review: 
    https://www.unicornblooms.com/_files/ugd/73dfff_99320cb9eef54d1ba16fdd290cd9375f.pdf
    http://64.41.82.172/pdfs/Ranunculus-Brochure-2017.pdf
    https://www.green-works.nl/site/assets/files/10803/cult__info__ranunculus_butterfly_for_cut_green_works-1.pdf
    Also mentioned in the intro of this show is our upcoming No-Till Flowers FIELD DAY!  Join Jennie at her farm in Philadelphia on April 16th for a hands-on invigorating learning experience where you'll connect with many other flower farmers passionate about regenerative growing practices.  Below is the link to purchase your ticket.  If you can't make it to this event, stay tuned for another in July.  
    https://www.shoplovenfreshflowers.com/product/no-till-flowers-field-day
     
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    This show is brought to you by the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN).  Your membership in RFFN will go to support the making of more podcasts here on No-Till Flowers. Join RFFN today to read dozens of great articles on regenerative practices as they specifically relate to flower farming.   On RFFN, you'll find a more information about regeneratively growing specific flower crops like ranunculus. 
     
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    • 54 min
    Breaking Down What Biochar Is and Why We Should Make It with Dr. Catherine Brewer

    Breaking Down What Biochar Is and Why We Should Make It with Dr. Catherine Brewer

    Host Jennie Love sits down with Dr. Catherine Brewer of New Mexico State University.  Dr. Brewer (Catie) is a chemical and materials engineer who has devoted a good portion of her professional scientific career to studying biochar, particularly as it relates to processing agricultural waste to create a valuable farm input. 
    Biochar is a "fine-grained charcoal high in organic carbon and largely resistant to decomposition...produced from pyrolysis (burning) of plant and waste feedstocks" (Source IBI Website).  It's been used for centuries as a soil amendment, particularly in the Amazon and when other indigenous peoples around the world had prescribed burns to areas they wished to farm. 
    Biochar resists further decomposition for hundreds or even thousands of years, making it a superb vehicle for sequestering carbon in our soils.  It also provides excellent "housing" for soil microbial populations.  Perhaps most importantly for growers, biochar is a great tool for helping even out water cycles in farm soils.  Catie has great information about why that is exactly.  
    In this conversation, we learn how biochar can be used at a farm to "close the loop" and make better soils for future generations.  This is a long game strategy, one that will be vital to the regeneration of our earth over more lifetimes than our own.  Our flower farms can do so much more than just grow flowers and biochar is an example of that. 
    Mentioned in this show is the trench method for burning debris to make biochar.  Here is a video by Bare Mountain Farm about how to dig a good trench and how to manage a burn.  
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    This show is brought to you by the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN).  Your membership in RFFN will go to support the making of more podcasts here on No-Till Flowers. Join RFFN today to read dozens of great articles on regenerative practices as they specifically relate to flower farming.   On RFFN, you'll find a more information about making biochar as well as a live video Q&A session with Catie. 
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    The Ins and Outs of Intercropping with Denise Richter

    The Ins and Outs of Intercropping with Denise Richter

    Joining host Jennie Love on today's show is Denise Richter from Pistil & Stamen in New Orleans.  On her small urban flower farm, Denise has had to get very clever over the years with intercropping to maximize the number of harvestable stems.  In this conversation, we dive deep into intercropping as well as urban farming, managing super wet soils, and being a farmer florist.
    Intercropping is the practice of planting two or more crops at the same time or in quick succession in the same bed space so they are growing together for at least part of their life cycles. This diversifies the types of roots down in the soil and maximizes space and photosynthesis above ground. Intercropping is a key practice to regenerative farming.  It’s talked about a lot in the grazing and vegetable farming communities.  But it really hasn’t caught on much yet in flower farming.  Hopefully today's show will help change that!
    Some of the intercropping pairings mentioned in this episode include: 
    - sunflowers + dahlias
    - stock + flowering cabbage + candy tuft
    - calendula + snapdragons
    - cardoons + iris
    - edible peas + dormant perennials
    - lisianthus + radishes 
    - celosia + dormant ranunculus/anemones
    Some seed sources mentioned were Baker Creek Seeds for purple-pod peas and Johnny's Selected Seeds for cover crop peas. 
    Denise also mentioned Floral Genius pin cups as her favorite design mechanic. 
    This show is brought to you by the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN).  Your membership in RFFN will go to support the making of more podcasts here on No-Till Flowers. Join RFFN today to read dozens of great articles on regenerative practices as they specifically relate to flower farming.   On RFFN, you'll find more conversations about intercropping. 
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Exploring the Science Behind Natural Farm Inputs With Author, Nigel Palmer

    Exploring the Science Behind Natural Farm Inputs With Author, Nigel Palmer

    Host Jennie Love sits down with former aerospace engineer turned author, Nigel Palmer, to discuss his outstanding book The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments.  Nigel has done a superb job of putting the science behind homebrewed natural inputs like those touted in Korean Natural Farming and JADAM practices.  Nigel tells us how we can conduct our own citizen science to be better regenerative farmers.  
    The process for testing your own liquid mineral amendments can be found here on Nigel's website.  
    Nigel's upcoming workshops can be found here.  
    Nigel's YouTube channel has a growing collection of informative videos on how to make your own natural regenerative inputs.  
    This show is brought to you by the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN).  Your membership in RFFN will go to support the making of more podcasts here on No-Till Flowers. Join RFFN today to read dozens of great articles on regenerative practices as they specifically relate to flower farming.   On RFFN, you'll find written recipes for making several of the natural inputs Nigel and Jennie talk about during this show as well as view a listener Q&A video with Nigel. 
    Please rate and leave a review for this show wherever you are getting it.  
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Welcome to the No-Till Flowers Podcast!

    Welcome to the No-Till Flowers Podcast!

    No-Till Flowers is a podcast all about regenerative practices to help flower farms be more resilient and our community to thrive. 
    Flower farms can do so much more than just grow flowers!  Through our work on our farms, we can build habitat for other creatures of all sizes, balancing soils, water cycles and ecosystems.  If we e give back more than we take. 
    Come along with me as I ask lots of questions of podcast guests to help piece the puzzle together.  Weather you're brand new to flower farming or a seasoned grower, you'll learn something new with each episode.  
    Be sure to subscribe so you won't miss when a new episode airs.  
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    And check out the Instagram feed too for lots of pictures to go along with the information you hear here.  
    Learn more about me, Jennie Love, and my flower farming journey over on Love 'n Fresh Flowers.  

    • 2 min

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Top Quality podcast

Just like Jennie’s commitment to her own farm’s soil this podcast is the best of the best for going in depth with No-Till practices and soil health. Fantastic resource for flower farmers. Love the long and in depth conversations with other committed and soil conscious farmers that you only get if the interviewer is a flower farmer herself. Would love to hear a Part 1 and Part 2 over consecutive weeks so we don’t have to cut any conversations short.

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