A conversation about sustainable cut flower growing and designing between two passionate Canadian growers, Heather and Clara, who are trying to figure it out.
Field Notes Week 18
Just field notes this week
Business Coaching and Farm Improvement Grants: Real Life Experience with Lorna Jackson of Ninebark Farm
This week we are delighted to have Lorna, of Ninebark Farm, back to tell us about her year-long deep dive into analyzing and improving her business with a coach, and her subsequent pursuit of grants for farm upgrades to make her operation more sustainable for her. She so graciously and generously shares the details of this process, including the painful parts, and left us once again, inspired and informed, and in awe of our amazing friend.
Organic and Regenerative Certification with Cody Sander of Pro-Cert
How do you get organic certification for your flower farm? Cody Sander, Certification Coordinator for Saskatoon, Canada based certifying body, Pro-Cert answers all of our questions. And he helps us understand the similarities and differences between organic and regenerative certification. If you are interested in being certified you won't want to miss this one!
Crown Gall with Melodie Putnam of Oregon State University
Crown gall is one of those plant diseases you hope to never see in your garden, but it turns out it is not uncommon. This week we were so fortunate to chat with Melodie Putnam, Director of the Oregon State University Plant Clinic about crown gall and what we can do about it if we find it.
Hemp as an alternate to peat! Interview with Biocomposites Group
An innovative company right here in Alberta has answered our prayers, Biocomposites Group out of Drayton Valley Alberta, has developed hemp-based peat-free growing media! Their Terrafibre growing media products include growing mats and cubes that replace peat and rock wool, by using the products and by-products of Canadian hemp production! And they have offered a 15% discount for our listeners just use the promo code "sustainable flowers"!
Puts and Takes of Biological Control with Scott Hoffman Black of the Xerces for Invertebrate Conservation
Managing insect damage without using harmful pesticides is a key skill for anyone concerned about farming or gardening sustainably. We were so grateful to have the opportunity to chat with Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, on the puts and takes of conventional biological controls and the conservation biological control approach.
Starting a flower farm this year and love listening to this practical and highly intelligent advice. Clara and Heather are with me late at night while I seed after my kids are asleep. Of note, Clara is so achingly Canadian, it is a delight.
I stumbled upon this podcast while seeking out information on how to start a farming farm! The really talk and weekly updates gives a wonderful glimpse on the life a a flower farmer. I have really enjoyed the deep dive into topics (especially dried flowers and top profitable crops). Thank you for the interviews, knowledge shared and realness.
Best Flower Farming Podcast
I love this podcast. Even though I farm in Georgia, USA, I constantly find useful information in these chats. Thank you so much for this work!