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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 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.

    Tips for Wholesale Flower Sales with Scott Shepherd

    Tips for Wholesale Flower Sales with Scott Shepherd

    We don’t typically dive into business topics on this podcast as I like to keep the focus on regenerative growing practices.  But today we’re going to go off theme a bit for a special guest.  Many of you already know Scott Shepherd, the host of The Flower Podcast.  
    Scott has such a unique position in our industry.  He studied horticulture under the likes of Dr. Allan Armitage.  His day job in the three decades since has been working in sales at wholesale houses, first in Georgia and now in Tennessee.  In that role, he’s touched every facet of the global import market.  He’s also had a long-standing side hustle as a grower of specialty stems like hellebores.  And as a podcaster, he’s had many in-depth discussions with both florists and flower farmers.  
    Scott recently interviewed me about regenerative farming for his own podcast.  At the end of that chat, I asked him if I could switch seats with him, so to speak, and ask him so long burning questions I had about selling flowers through a traditional wholesaler.  I don’t know about you, but it’s always felt a bit mysterious.  Exactly how does one go about approaching a big wholesaler?  What quantities do you need to bring to the table?  What kind of prices could you get?  What was supposed to be just a brief chat turned into a lengthy and very enlightening conversation I thought you’d all like to hear. 
    In addition to this episode here on No-Till Flowers, you can catch another piece of my conversation with Scott on a new podcast I’m currently hosting called Floral Guild Radio.  Yep, you read that right!  There’s now a second podcast where you can hear me talk about flowers.  Floral Guild Radio is much more geared towards the business side of flowers, particularly selling to florists.  I’d love to have you tune in there too!
     
    As always, a big shout out to members of the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network who, through their membership, so generously support the making of this podcast!   If you’re not a member but you’d like to join, it’s just $20 a year.  Lots of detailed articles, podcast transcripts, and a community chat are available on RFFN.  If you’ve ever had follow up questions to episodes here, that’s the place to go to ask!
     
    Many of you may be in hiring mode for your farms right now.  I’d love to help you be less intimidate by hiring and find a better flow to managing a crew that doesn’t consume all your brain space and time. I have an online short course called CREW that is focused on the best practices of hiring, training, and managing farm crews.  If this sounds like something you could use, head to the show notes to grab the link.
     
    Others of you may not be ready to hire, but could use a helping hand with decision making and trouble shooting this season.  I host a monthly small group cohort for regenerative growers on RFFN and would be happy to field all your questions there.  Look for the link to that in the show notes as well! 
     
    Additional places to find Scott Shepherd: 
    The Flower Podcast Instagram feed
    The Flower Podcast YouTube channel
    The Pansy Appreciation Society Instagram feed. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Storing Peonies and Tulips + How to Handle Cut Flowers After Harvest with Dr. John Dole

    Storing Peonies and Tulips + How to Handle Cut Flowers After Harvest with Dr. John Dole

    There are some incredible nuggets of pure gold in this episode.  You will definitely want to have a pen and paper handy! 
    Joining me today is Dr. John Dole, cut flower researcher and professor at North Carolina State University.  As you’ll hear in the episode, John has been immersed in flowers since he was just 8 years old, planting gladiolas at a neighbor’s farm in Michigan.  Over the decades, he’s been a keystone leader for the floral industry, serving farmers and florists alike with his valuable research projects. 
    John is well known for his work with the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, which is where I met him years ago.  My friendship with John is an example of how priceless a membership in the Association can be.  If you are not already a member of the ASCFG, you’ll want to click the link above right now to join.  While John and I were talking here for the podcast, I was reminded how much I have learned over the years from him and others who have generously shared their knowledge through the ASCFG. 
    For flower farmers, John, along with his posse of awesome graduate students, has done a lot of studies on what we call "post harvest handling" of cut flowers.  Basically, what are the best practices growers can implement after harvesting to get the longest vase life out of their crops.  You can be a dynamite grower, but if you don’t know how to handle your flowers after they’re picked, you won’t have happy customers or a sustainable business. 
    In this episode, John and I talk about a handful of key crops and how to handle them after harvest.  You are going to be shocked by what he has to say about storing peonies and tulips!  For peonies, the ideal temperature for dry storage is 31F, for up to 16 weeks.  For tulips, leave the bulb on and dry store at 31F for up to 8 weeks.  
    We also go down a rabbit hole about water quality and flower food.  To be honest, I hadn’t planned to pick John’s brain about those, but I’m so glad the topic came up because it was really informative!  I’ve long been anxious about using flower food and holding solutions because there are no organic certified options on the market.  I assumed they were full of harsh chemicals that I wouldn’t want to dump out into my farm’s ecosystem.  John sheds some light on this subject and I think you’ll find it reassuring to hear. 
    Some useful resources related to this episode:
    Chrysal (post-harvest flower products)
    Waypoint Labs (for water testing)
    All of John's Research Publications
    Postharvest Handling of Cut Flowers and Greens (reference book written by John)
    Govee thermometers
     
    WANT TO LEARN MORE?  Join the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network! It's just $20/year and you'll have access to lots of articles, videos, online courses and live Q&As -- all related to regenerative farming and sustainable business practices. 
    On-demand Short Courses for Farmers available on the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network: 
    Foliage for the Win Successful Flower CSAs and Subscriptions CREW: Hiring and Managing A Guide to No-Panic Marketing Woodies: Playing the Long Game (coming in spring 2024) *Note: You'll need to become a RFFN member in order to register for the online courses. 
     
    Past episodes for further listening include:
    Episdoe 12: The Everything Tulips Episode with Dave Dowling
    Episode 20: The Everything Ranunculus Episode with Dave Dowling
    Episode 36: Cool Flowers, Native Headerows and Frost Cloth with Lisa Mason Zeigler
    Episode 38: Plant Tissue Testing Explained with Bryant Mason 
     
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Plant Tissue Testing Explained with Bryant Mason

    Plant Tissue Testing Explained with Bryant Mason

    Welcome to Part 2 of a recent interview host Jennie Love had with guest Bryant Mason of Soil Doctor Consulting.
    If you haven’t already listened to Episdoe 37 or Episode 29, stop this one now and go back to listen to those first.  In this segment, Bryant helps listeners understand what plant tissue testing is and why it is so valuable for farmers to do.  Bryant walks us through a tissue test for stock grown at Jennie's farm, explaining how to read the various nutrient values and make decisions for future fertilization.  
    If you'd like to see the tissue test result sheet Bryant and Jennie discuss in this episode, along with other test results from Jennie's crops, join the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN) to have a look at those.
    Two labs that Jennie has used for tissue testing flower crops are: 
    Logan  Labs Waypoint Analytical  At the end of this conversation, we also get a nice list of resources listeners can use to increase their knowledge of organic and regenerative growing.  Here are links to most of those: 
    The Nature and Properties of Soils textbook The Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants textbook Nigel Palmer's book The Regenerative Grower's Guide to Garden Amendments Nigel Palmer's interview on this podcast Bryan O' Hara's book No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture Shaping Fire podcast Regenerative Agriculture podcast ATTRA Voices from the Field podcast Priming for Production podcast Tractor Time podcast Field Lab Earth podcast Cannibas Cultivation and Science podcast Decode 6 podcast No-Till Growers podcast This conversation with Bryant was broken into two episodes since it was full of so much information. So be sure to go back and listen to the first half in Episode 37.  
    Follow Bryant on Instagram @soil_doctor.  
    Bryant has developed an easy online tool to help you directly to interpret your soil tests and choose natural amendments accordingly.  Click here to learn more.  
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    On-demand Short Courses for Farmers available on the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network: 
    Foliage for the Win Successful Flower CSAs and Subscriptions CREW: Hiring and Managing Simple Steps to Better Marketing (coming in late January 2024) Woodies: Playing the Long Game (coming in February 2024) Tap into the above courses and resources any time you need.  These are available on-demand through the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network. 
    >>> FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, GET 3 SHORT COURSES FOR $300. 
     
    Past episodes for further listening include:
    Episdoe 29: Nutrient Balancing in Living Soils with Bryan Mason
    Episode 34: Why I Love to Spray at My Farm: Boosting the Phyllosphere
    Episode 17: Natural Inputs with Nigel Palmer
    Episode 15: Korean Natural Farming and JADAM in Flower Farming with Tony Gaetz of Bare Mountain Farm
     
    HAVE IDEAS AND FEEDBACK ABOUT THE PODCAST?  Share your opinions in this brief survey.  
    As always, if you appreciate this podcast and all the education it provides, please take a moment out of your day to rate and write a review for it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you are listening to it. 

    • 38 min
    Organic Fertilizers, the Crucial Role of Calcium, Orchard Establishment and Much More with Bryant Mason

    Organic Fertilizers, the Crucial Role of Calcium, Orchard Establishment and Much More with Bryant Mason

    Guest Bryant Mason of Soil Doctor Consulting returns to the podcast for another lively conversation about organic nutrients with host Jennie Love.
    If you haven’t already listened to Episode 29 in Season 3, stop this one now and go back to listen to that one first.  In Episode 29, we introduced Bryant to the flower farming community and we had a dynamic conversation about nutrient balancing in living soils.  Bryant, a certified agronomist for organic growers and an orchardist living in Colorado, has an exquisite knack for making complicated sciency topics sound simple and do-able. 
    In this whirlwind tour de force we cover: 
    Gypsum applications  Analysis of WCA (homemade calcium input in Korean Natural Farming) Foliar Feeding Best Practices Detering Pests by Choosing the Right Organic Fertilizer EC/Salts Amino Acids and other Nitrogen Sources Orchard establishment and management Soil Paste Testing A Recipe for Biannual Soil Drench to supercharge your crops  This conversation with Bryant was broken into two episodes since it was full of so much information. So be sure to come back for the second half in Episode 38.  
    Follow Bryant on Instagram @soil_doctor.  
    Bryant has developed an easy online tool to help you directly to interpret your soil tests and choose natural amendments accordingly.  Click here to learn more.  
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Logan  Labs Nigel Palmer's Mineral Amendment Analysis Database  
    Join the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN) for just $20/year if you'd like to continue the conversation on topics covered in this episode.

    On-demand Short Courses for Farmers on RFFN: 
    Foliage for the Win Successful Flower CSAs and Subscriptions CREW: Hiring and Managing Simple Steps to Better Marketing (coming in late January 2024) Woodies: Playing the Long Game (coming in February 2024) Tap into the above courses and resources any time you need.  These are available on-demand through the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network. 
    >>> FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, GET 3 SHORT COURSES FOR $300.
     
    Past episodes for further listening include:
    Episdoe 29: Nutrient Balancing in Living Soils with Bryan Mason
    Episode 34: Why I Love to Spray at My Farm: Boosting the Phyllosphere
    Episode 17: Natural Inputs with Nigel Palmer
    Episode 15: Korean Natural Farming and JADAM in Flower Farming with Tony Gaetz of Bare Mountain Farm
     
    HAVE IDEAS AND FEEDBACK ABOUT THE PODCAST?  Share your opinions in this brief survey.  
    As always, if you appreciate this podcast and all the education it provides, please take a moment out of your day to rate and write a review for it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you are listening to it. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Cool Flowers, Native Hedgerows, and Frost Cloth with Lisa Mason Zeigler

    Cool Flowers, Native Hedgerows, and Frost Cloth with Lisa Mason Zeigler

    Today’s guest needs little introduction in the flower farming world. Lisa Mason Zeigler of the Gardener's Workshop is an author, teacher, industry leader, flower farmer, podcaster, and also a good friend of mine.  With 25 years of growing under her belt, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to everything she does. 
    Lisa has a new book, The Cut Flower Handbook, coming out in a few weeks, which prompted this conversation.  But we cover several topics in our chat, including: 
    Changing hardiness zones How cool flowers are even more important in farm resilience and profitability in the face of accelerating climate change Her new book's content Tips for growing Bells of Ireland Establishing natural hedgerows Mulching for soil health Using Frost Cloth for Season Extension
    Mentioned in this Episode: 
    Join the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network (RFFN) for just $20/year if you'd like to continue the conversation on topics covered in this episode.

    On-demand Short Courses for Farmers on RFFN: 
    Foliage for the Win Successful Flower CSAs and Subscriptions CREW: Hiring and Managing Woodies: Playing the Long Game (coming in February 2024) Simple Steps to Better Marketing (coming in January 2024) Tap into the above courses and resources any time you need.  These are available on-demand through the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network.  Current RFFN members shoud follow this link to access the Short Courses at the discounted member rate.   
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, you might also want to listen to: 
    Episode 28: Seed Starting, Regenerative Style with Lisa Mason Zeigler
    Episode 24: Farming to Heal the Ecosystem with Dr. Doug Tallamy
    Episode 31: Beneficial Insects and Natural PEst Control with IPM Expert Margaret Parks of Evergreen Growers Supply
    Lisa's great podcasts:  Field & Garden  and  Seed Talk
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Farming on Heavy Wet Clay + No-Till Lessons Learned with Jesse Frost

    Farming on Heavy Wet Clay + No-Till Lessons Learned with Jesse Frost

    Today’s guest needs little introduction in the small farm no-till world.  Jesse Frost of Rough Draft Farm in central Kentucky has helped so many of us learn about soil health and diversified small scale production through the No-Till Growers YouTube channel, the No-Till Growers podcast, and his book The Living Soil Handbook.   
    If you’ve struggled with heavy clay, boggy or compacted soils at your farm or in your garden, this is the episode for you! Frequently I get asked about my recommendations for clay and poorly draining areas, but I actually have no experience with those conditions myself.  Jesse does.  And I eagerly picked his brain for you all.  You're welcome! 😉
    We talk a bit about cover crops for clay soils, including tillage radish, phacelia, sorghum sudangrass, vetch, and winter rye.  
    Also in this episode, Jesse and I take a stroll down memory lane to consider both of our paths as regenerative growers.  As you’ll hear, five or six years ago, there was only a trickle of guidance available for smaller farms looking to implement no-till practices on a production level.  We both had to do a lot of experimenting on our farms and still do today.  We mention the Singing Frogs interview on the Farmer To Farmer Podcast back in 2018, a key catalyst for both of our no-till journies.  Also Andrew Mefferd's book The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution, which was published in the spring of 2019.  Both are highly recommended if you haven't already discovered them.
    Also Mentioned In This Episode: 
    The Regenerative Growers COHORT with me, Jennie Love, is a year-long, small group coaching program for those that need a little help learning how to apply all the concepts and practices talked about here on the podcast.  To learn more, click here.  

    Other On-demand Short Courses for Farmers: 
    Foliage for the Win Successful Flower CSAs and Subscriptions CREW: Hiring and Managing Woodies: Playing the Long Game (coming in February 2024) Simple Steps to Better Marketing (coming in January 2024) Tap into the above courses and resources any time you need.  These are available on-demand through the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network.  Current RFFN members shoud follow this link to access the Short Courses at the discounted member rate.   

    Join the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network for just $20/year if you'd like to continue the conversation on topics covered in this episode.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, you might also want to listen to: 
    Episode 14: Breaking Down Compost with Jesse Frost
    Episode 33: Cover Cropping Basics for Small Scale Regenerative (Flower) Farms
    Episode 13: Improving Poor Compost with Ellen Polishuk
    Episode 28: Seed Starting, Regenerative Style with Lisa Mason Zeigler
    Episode 12:  The Everything Tulips Episdoe with Dave Dowling
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    HAVE IDEAS AND FEEDBACK ABOUT THE PODCAST?  Share your opinions in this brief survey.  
    As always, if you appreciate this podcast and all the education it provides, please take a moment out of your day to rate and write a review for it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you are listening to it. 
    Thanks for tuning in!  

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
264 Ratings

264 Ratings

Tori6279 ,

Can’t stop listening, so informative!

I drive back-and-forth 3 1/2 hours each way every weekend and I love to listen to your podcast. I learned so much and I’m so inspired. I can’t thank you enough for putting this together for the rest of us that don’t have access to many of these resources, until now! Thank you immensely for sharing your knowledge, the #1 reason I love this industry 💚

justnat2 ,

Informative

I love this podcast, as a new grower I get so much useful information

whitmarg ,

The best!

I love this podcast! It’s niche, but at the same time you don’t have to be a flower farmer to benefit immensely from the intelligent, interesting, and educational conversations. I’m thankful for this resource! The world needs more regenerative farming.

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