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#294: Meet Lennie Larkin of B-Side Farm

In this episode of the Field & Garden podcast, Lisa and guest Lennie Larkin discuss her journey into flower farming, her move to Oregon, and the creation of her educational business. They also delve into the challenges of profitable flower farming, the future of...
#291: Lisa’s 5 Tips in 5 Minutes

#291: Lisa’s 5 Tips in 5 Minutes

A quick little set of reminders for busy flower growers! 1) Weeds: You need a prevention plan, plus a plan to extinguish any that survive when they’re small. 2) Succession planting: designate resources/time to getting those successions done, it needs to be a top...
#290: Ask A Florist with Ellen Frost

#290: Ask A Florist with Ellen Frost

Today’s episode features a takeover of our popular weekly live Q&A session on Instagram, normally called Ask a Flower Farmer. This one, however, we called Ask a Florist, and it featured guest hostess Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers in Baltimore, MD. Ellen is a...
#289: Happy Spring or Not?

#289: Happy Spring or Not?

I don’t know about you, but I am always anxious about spring. A lot is riding on it, right? Weather, seed sowing issues, never enough help, everything seems urgent, netting-netting-netting… seedling care, and then bedmaking, planting, and harvesting...
#287: Flower Farming Mythbusters (Encore)

#287: Flower Farming Mythbusters (Encore)

Don’t allow these things to hold you back from pursuing your flower farming business dreams. No acreage, tractor, or greenhouse? No problem. I didn’t have any of those during the first decade of my flower farm. Originally aired 9/27/22 Mentions ⁠Association of...
#284: Failed Expectations (Encore)

#284: Failed Expectations (Encore)

We are so hard on ourselves when we hit a wall or fail. I’ve found that the reality so often for me is that my expectations weren’t based on any facts or experiences, just hopes, and dreams. No wonder it didn’t work out! Stepping back and rethinking the process can...
#283: Dave Dowling On Ask A Flower Farmer

#283: Dave Dowling On Ask A Flower Farmer

This episode features a takeover of our popular weekly live Q&A session on Instagram, called Ask a Flower Farmer. Guest-hosted by Dave Dowling of Ball/ColorLink, who is also a former flower farmer and the instructor for our online course: ⁠Flower Farming School...
#282: Lisa on the Growing For Market Podcast

#282: Lisa on the Growing For Market Podcast

Lisa was recently featured on Growing For Market podcast, joining host Andrew Mefferd to discuss concepts from her new book, The Cut Flower Handbook. Topics covered include: The current US market demand for cut flowers Cool vs. warm season flower crops Professionalism...
Cover Crops For Small Farms & Gardens

Cover Crops For Small Farms & Gardens

The benefits of cover cropping far outweigh the head scratching that goes into trying to figure out how to work them into a small farm crop rotation. The magic moment on how to do this came for me when I decided to only grow cover crops that were easy for me and to...
#277: Good Medicine: Cut Flowers

#277: Good Medicine: Cut Flowers

Growing, giving, and receiving cut flowers is good medicine for whatever ails you. I learned this firsthand from Stevie’s mom’s memorial service. The stories of Ruby sharing my flowers amongst the thousands of pound cakes she baked and shared were evidence of...
#276: The Truth About Seed Starting (Encore)

#276: The Truth About Seed Starting (Encore)

Growing, giving, and receiving cut flowers is good medicine for whatever ails you. I learned this firsthand from Stevie’s mom’s memorial service. The stories of Ruby sharing my flowers amongst the thousands of pound cakes she baked and shared were evidence of...
#275: Have Faith In Cool Flowers (Encore)

#275: Have Faith In Cool Flowers (Encore)

This time of year we have lots of folks reaching out because of fears they are experiencing about their ⁠Cool Flowers⁠ facing cold weather. I understand and suffer from the same thing from time to time. It’s natural, and we need to do all we can to meet their needs to...

#273: Facing the Fears of Business

 Tests and lessons (failures!) lead to perseverance. Perseverance is a required ingredient for a small business. We must continue despite failures, difficulties, or opposition. Don’t give up or give in to fear. Facing fear in business never ends, so we must all...