My name is Clara and I am the chief flower farmer and soil tender. My husband Don designs and builds all the infrastructure that make the flower production possible. I have a background in soil, agriculture and environmental science and love soils, everything that grows in them and the watersheds they are a part of. My previous vocations included more than a decade in reclamation research and a concurrent 10 years volunteering on two international development projects dear to my heart related to small scale agriculture in El Salvador. Nurturing the soil, loving this land, and growing flowers with gentle but focused attention to the processes that yield perfect blooms to delight your spirit is my joy.
Blossoms that nourish your yearning for natural beauty, a boost for your spirit and creativity, pure delight…those are the things what we hope to provide to you when you take home our flowers!
We grow many varieties of flowers. The selection changes each year, but sweet peas and dahlias are always grown in abundance and, like all farming or gardening operations, mother nature has the final say in what we are able to bring to market. I document what is blooming each week on the Meadow & Thicket Instagram account. For those with allergies, we do offer flowers with no scent, and with all the glorious color of many of the scented species and varieties.
Our 2019 season has come to an end, sadly. However we will be offering 4 week Bouquet Subscriptions again next year for those looking for a guaranteed weekly dose of beauty. You will also be able to just pre-order single bouquets for pick up at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturdays through the summer in Edmonton.
As we all know, compost happens. I am hoping you will work with me to make it happen more often! We put a lot of care and organic nutrition into our soils to ensure our flowers are glowing with health, vibrant colour and fragrance, and will have a long life in your vase. All that care and feeding ends up in the stems and petals of the flowers you enjoy. You can help to build the soil here at the farm, now and for future generations, if you will bring your “past-their-prime” (okay, even completely dead!) flowers back to us so that we can include them in our compost process and close the soil fertility loop, putting them back into the soil that nourished them.
When your flowers are past their prime, just fold them up (or chop them if you have time) and stuff them into a bag. Bring the bag with you to the market and we will give you a 10% discount off your next purchase! If you note on the bag how many days your flowers gave you joy, we will take another 5% off! This information helps us become better growers and ensure our flowers are having the longest possible vase life and give you the most pleasure possible. And those old flowers will be returned to the soil in which they were grown to nourish the next harvest.
Do you have a yard with trees? Do you rake and bag them each fall? If you set aside your bagged leaves for us this fall, we promise to come and pick them up in a timely fashion and to use them in our composting processes and as a natural weed control mulch in our flower and shrub beds. For doing this we will give you a $20 gift certificate for you to use for flowers the upcoming year! Talk to Clara at the market or send me an email or text to coordinate logistics. Thank you so much for helping us nourish our soil and grow more “buckets full of beautiful” for you!
Sadly our 2019 season has ended. We look forward to seeing you again next year at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market! Have a wonderful fall and winter, all the best.
If you are interested in the nitty gritty of sustainable flower farming you may be interested in listening in to Clara chat with her flower farmer friend Heather about all the issues they face and think about around sustainable flower farming. Tune in on Apple podcasts or at sustainableflowerspodcast.libsyn.com.
Also, we have partnered with Glow Juicery in Edmonton to make more compost and to build healthy soil (while building a healthy you!) check out the video below!