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The No-Till Flowers Podcast

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

Tracks

Tackling Burnout and Farmer Well-Being Through Collective Selling with Amelia Ihlo
Welcome to the first in a short summer series of episodes dedicated to farmer well-being.  This is my 14th season flower farming and running a small business centered around such a stunning and stressful product.  Every season brings its own set of challenges, most entirely out of my control.   This year I broke a bone and strained a tendon in my left foot in late February that has impacted my physical and mental health immensely.  I entered the intensity of spring planting season feeling hugely ineffective and burnt out. I’m used to those feelings in August each year, but never before had I felt that way in March. Acknowledging burn-out and its source and making space for it is the first step to recovery.  So I started talking about it with close farmer friends at first and then more publicly.  As I did, I heard echoed back to me all the same feelings of exhaustion, anxiety and physical pain.  I am definitely not alone. Nor are you.  My guest in this episode, Amelia Ihlo, is also a friend, which made this would-be heavy conversation flow easily. It’s proof that talking to a friend can be a huge step forward when you feel burnt out.  We both share our stories of and strategies for farmer fatigue.  Amelia, the founder of Rooted Farmers, brings a uniquely powerful tactic to the table: collective selling.  She talks about how flower collectives – or co-ops or hubs or whatever you want to call them -- have the capacity to snuff out burn-out.  Maybe you’re like me and had never thought about collective selling as a defense against burn-out, but it really makes sense once you start thinking about it in that way.  On the Rooted Farmers blog, Amelia and her team have put together a couple great post on farmer burn-out and health.  Check those out here.  Two other resources are:  Young Farmers Coalition  Rural Health Information Hub Neither I nor Amelia are mental health professionals.  Rather we are two experienced flower farmers and business women having a candid conversation.  If you need support for a well-being crisis or are worried about someone else who does, please call or text 1 800 273 8255 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  If this episode makes you feel seen and you want to join a deeper conversation on farmer well-being, consider joining the Regenerative Flower Farmers Network, or RFFN for short. Over the past year, RFFN has developed into a safe harbor away from social media where all questions and scenarios are welcome, connections are made between farmers and experts, and experiences are shared so all members contribute to growing the knowledge of the group.  Within that framework, we have a special space dedicated to discussing and supporting farmer well-being.  Please join us there!
67:32 07/26/2022
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.     PLEASE RATE AND REVIEW this show wherever you are getting it.  It really helps us grow!  Sign up for our newsletter so you'll be the first to know about special events and opportunities.   Follow @notillflowers on Instagram for more content.  Thanks for tuning in!  
89:10 06/17/2022
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   ---  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.    PLEASE RATE AND REVIEW this show wherever you are getting it.  It really helps us grow!   Sign up for our newsletter so you'll be the first to know about special events and opportunities.   Follow @notillflowers on Instagram for more content.  Thanks for tuning in!     
54:44 04/07/2022
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.   ---  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.  PLEASE RATE AND REVIEW this show wherever you are getting it.  It really helps us grow!   Sign up for our newsletter so you'll be the first to know about special events and opportunities.   Follow @notillflowers on Instagram for more content.  Thanks for tuning in!  
104:28 03/18/2022
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.  Please rate and leave a review for this show wherever you are getting it.   Sign up for our newsletter so you'll be the first to know about special events and opportunities.   Follow @notillflowers on Instagram for more content.  Thanks for tuning in!  
102:51 02/22/2022
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.   Sign up for our newsletter so you'll be the first to know about special events and opportunities.   Follow @notillflowers on Instagram for more content.  Thanks for tuning in!  
87:58 02/21/2022
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.   Sign up for the newsletter for occasional updates and special offers for listeners.   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.  
02:00 02/20/2022
Teasing Apart the Woo-Woo: Biodynamic Farming with Teton Full Circle Farm
Host Jennie Love talks with Erika Eschholz & Ken Michael from Teton Full Circle Farm in Idaho about what it means to be a biodynamic flower farm.  We get into both the practical parts of biodynamics and the woo-woo.   Erika and Ken were gracious enough to provide a long list of resources for listeners who want to learn more about biodynamics:  Books Grasp the Nettle By Peter Proctor Agriculture by Rudolf Steiner Gardening for Life by Maria Thun The Biodynamic Way by Maria Thun A Biodynamic Farm by Hugh Lovel Biodynamic Gardening by Monty Waldin Calendars The Maria Thun Biodynamic Almanac 2022 (be sure to get the edition appropriate for your area- e.g. The North America Edition) Stella Natura 2022 Biodynamic Planting Calendar Edited by Sherry Wildfeuer Organizations Biodynamic Demeter Alliance (formerly The Biodynamic Association and Demeter USA) Resources The Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics Biodynamic Source What is Biodynamics? by Ken Michael and Erika Eschholz   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 info about biodynamic flower farming, including prompts to sow by the biodynamic calendar.    Please rate and leave a review for this show wherever you are getting it.  It helps us grow! Sign up for our newsletter so you'll be the first to know about special events and opportunities.   Follow @notillflowers on Instagram for more content. 
86:14 02/11/2022
A Little Goes a Long Way in Regenerative Flower Farming: KNF and JADAM with Tony Gaetz of Bare Mountain Farm
And we're back!  It's the premiere of Season 2 of No-Till Flowers!!   Host Jennie Love talks again with fan favorite, Tony Gaetz of Bare Mountain Farm about making and using natural farm inputs for fertility and biology a la Korean Natural Farming and JADAM practices.  The running theme is that a little goes a long way.  Tony was on Season 1 of the podcast so be sure to check out that episode if you haven't already.   Tony and his wife Denise have an outstanding YouTube channel full of videos about Korean Natural Farming, JADAM, biochar, bokashi, no-till techniques, tools, and much 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 written recipes for making several of the natural inputs Tony and Jennie talk about during this show.  Please rate and leave a review for this show wherever you are getting it.   Sign up for our newsletter so you'll be the first to know about special events and opportunities.   Follow @notillflowers on Instagram for more content.  Thanks for tuning in!  
80:43 01/24/2022
Breaking Down Compost w/ Jesse Frost
Surprise! Welcome to the third of No-Till Flowers spontaneous seasonal series... To build on our last No-Till Flowers Summer short about improving meh compost with Ellen Polishuk, Jennie and Optimus... I mean, Jesse Frost (a hilarious, but unfortunate recording error), author of The Living Soil Handbook and host of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast, break down the four types of compost, how small-scale farmers can make their own without heavy equipment, they get real nerdy about worm bins, and lessons learned managing no-till on clay soils. Mentioned in the show: Sign-up for the No-Till Flowers Newsletter John Kempf's Regenerative Agriculture Podcast The Food Lab Earth Podcast The Worm Farmers Handbook Uncle Jim's Worm Farm Brought to you by Jennie Love and No-Till Growers. If you like No-Till Flowers and want to see it grow, support our work and be sure to follow Love N Fresh and No-Till Flowers for more.
68:42 08/02/2021
Improving Poor Compost w/ Ellen Polishuk (Summer Short)
Surprise! Welcome to the second of No-Till Flowers spontaneous seasonal series... It may be a Summer short, but Jennie Love of Love N Fresh Flowers and Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit have a powerful conversation about what to do with less-than-awesome compost, modifying our approaches to soil health over time, and an important piece of advice for farm resilience in the wake of a changing climate... and ain't just to increase your organic matter! Brought to you by Jennie Love and No-Till Growers. If you like No-Till Flowers and want to see it grow, support our work and be sure to follow Love N Fresh and No-Till Flowers for more.
42:47 07/12/2021
The Everything Tulips Episode w/ Dave Dowling of Ball Colorlink
Surprise! Welcome to the first of No-Till Flowers spontaneous seasonal series... Jennie Love of Love N Fresh Flowers talks with Dave Dowling of Ball Colorlink about everything TULIPS! Because, you know, that's probably what you're doing right now. They cover a lot of ground, from considerations when ordering bulbs, to no-till planting, harvesting, storing, designing, profitability, favorite varieties, and resources. Sign up for the Newsletter to get the tulip resource guide No-Till Tulips Step-by-Step How-To Ednie Catalog that lists Weeks to Cool Dave's Online Course all about bulbs and more! Brought to you by Jennie Love & No-Till Growers. If you like No-Till Flowers and want to see it grow, support our work and be sure to follow Love N Fresh and No-Till Flowers for more.
74:47 04/19/2021
Joe Schmitt - Fair Field Flowers
Legendary flower grower Joe Schmitt joins the show to talk ornamental grains and grasses, efficient tools for reducing wear on the body, and a bunch else from his lifetime in flower farming. Links: https://www.johnnyseeds.com/tools-supplies/transplanters/paperpot-transplanter-7601.html https://www.pendragonfabrication.com/specialty-machinery/drangen-lay-down-work-cart/ https://www.nativeseeds.org/pages/sonoran-panic-grass https://territorialseed.com/products/quinoa-brightest-brilliant-rainbow?variant=12786106433635 https://www.wildgardenseed.com/index.php?cPath=39 https://www.victoryseeds.com/sorghum_white-popping.html Sponsors: www.growingformarket.com www.farmersfriend.com http://ascfg.org Follow Jennie: www.instagram.com/notillflowers www.notillgrowers.com     
108:24 02/10/2021
Erin McMullen - Raindrop Farm
Erin McMullen joins host Jennie Love to talk restoring soil, wholesale flowers, farming with kids, being a female farmer.  https://www.raindropfarms.net Lacy Phacelia: https://greencoverseed.com/product/1076/ Follow Jennie: www.instagram.com/notillflowers Sponsors: www.growingformarket.com  www.farmersfriend.com https://www.ascfg.org   Brought to you by www.Notillgrowers.com  and the supporters at www.patreon.com/notillgrowers         
85:12 02/03/2021
Brenda and Andrew - Good Hope Blooms
Brenda and Andrew of Good Hope Blooms join host Jennie Love to talk biodynamic flower farming in through a multi-year drought, smoke from wildfires, farm store management, and more!  http://goodhopeblooms.com.au https://www.instagram.com/good_hope_blooms/   Links:  https://www.youtube.com/user/livingwebfarms Pat Coleby book: https://amzn.to/2Y8B1Px https://www.harpercollins.com/products/sand-talk-tyson-yunkaporta?variant=32280908103714   Sponsors: www.growingformarket.com www.farmersfriend.com and http://ascfg.org/   www.notillgrowers.com       
133:18 01/27/2021
BONUS - Dahlia Pest Management with LeeAnn Huber of Coseytown Flowers
A bonus to this week's Dahlia episode––this one all about pest management!  http://coseytownflowers.com/ trap discussed: https://www.mosquitomagnet.com/store/mosquito-magnet-trap/dynatrap?area_to_protect=46 www.instagram.com/notillflowers  www.notillgrowers.com  
33:08 01/22/2021
LeeAnn Huber - Coseytown Flowers (The Dahlia Episode!)
LeeAnn Huber joins the show to dive deep into Dahlias, everything from breeding to storage, over wintering, best varieties, fertility and more!  https://coseytownflowers.com other links: https://coseytownflowers.com/dahlia-education/ https://lovenfreshflowers.com/2020/11/08/overwintering-dahlias/ https://lovenfreshflowers.com/2014/03/24/how-to-take-dahlia-cuttings-to-build-your-stock/   Follow Jennie at www.instagram.com/notillflowers Sponsors: www.farmersfriend.com www.growingformarket.com www.ascfg.org More info at www.notillgrowers.com  
97:58 01/20/2021
Molly and Asher - On the Mountain Farm
Molly and Asher join Jennie from Maine to discuss biodynamic flower production, general soil management, landscape fabric for weed suppression and more.  www.onthemountainfarm.com https://www.instagram.com/onthemountainfarm/ Follow Jennie: www.instagram.com/notillflowers Sponsors: www.farmersfriend.com + www.growingformarket.com + www.ascfg.org   Josephine Porter Institute (Asher recommended this preparation as a good place to start) Rock Dust/Pioneer Valley Bionutrient Food Association Biodynamic Association Habit Farming by Foot Print Farm
72:20 01/13/2021
Bronwyn and Chris - Island Flower Farm
Permaculture and flower farming in windy conditions with no-till bed prep, fertility management and more. https://www.islandflowerfarm.ca  Links from the show: http://www.growgreatvegetables.com/fertilizers/a-great-organic-fertilizer-mix/ https://stoneslinger.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAzsz-BRCCARIsANotFgMygzKh6oZx5X0jIjK6O1ud_jTvwfnFWc0Y1k7eInhyDWxg5V19iWcaAgnkEALw_wcB https://www.brakethecycle.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2IAudd33wwPrl6s0t0IkLcfxvD-mnutt8yodcKioRtLyRmWi8C7mraNKw https://amzn.to/3rDzAGs   Sponsors: www.growingformarket.com  www.farmersfriend.com and https://www.ascfg.org Follow Jennie: www.instagram.com/notillflowers  www.notillgrowers.com 
74:38 01/06/2021
Ellen Polishuk - Plant to Profit
Jennie is joined by Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit to talk soil testing, soil health, adding microbes and more. Links: https://www.planttoprofit.com Book: https://amzn.to/2KCsP74 https://www.midwesternbioag.com https://www.fertrell.com https://www.7springsfarm.com/soil-amendments/ https://www.midwesternbioag.com/products/microhume/ Follow Jennie: www.instagram.com/lovenfreshflowers or www.instagram.com/notillflowers www.notillgrowers.com    
92:57 12/30/2020
Tony Gaetz - Bare Mtn Farm
Jennie catches up with Tony Gaetz of Bare Mtn Farm in Oregon to talk no-till flowers, KNF, and more!     site http://baremtnfarm.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/baremtnfarm/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/baremtnfarm Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/butterbee_farm/ No-Till Flowers: www.notillflowerspodcast.com Sponsors: www.farmersfriend.com and www.growingformarketmagazine.com and http://www.ascfg.org A www.notillgrowers.com production 
89:25 12/23/2020
Mimo Davis - Urban Buds
 Jennie catches up with Mimo Davis in St. Louis and chats about reclaiming city lots, bindweed, changes markets and more!    http://urbanbudscitygrownflowers.com/ https://www.instagram.com/urbanbuds/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/butterbee_farm/ No-Till Flowers: www.notillflowerspodcast.com Sponsors: www.farmersfriend.com and www.growingformarketmagazine.com and http://www.ascfg.org A www.notillgrowers.com production 
78:27 12/23/2020
Laura Beth Resnick - Butterbee Farm
Jennie and Laura Beth Resnick talk about no-till flowers in the tunnel, employee management and more.  Butterbee Farm: https://www.butterbeefarm.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/butterbee_farm/ No-Till Flowers: www.notillflowerspodcast.com Sponsors: www.farmersfriend.com and www.growingformarketmagazine.com and http://www.ascfg.org A www.notillgrowers.com production   
91:19 12/23/2020