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S2 Episode 2 – All About Luffa

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S2 Episode 2 - All About Luffa

Guest: Cindy Lou Oulton of Annapolis Valley Luffa

Big Idea:

From the Alberta oil patch to growing environmental washcloths, Cindy is an entrepreneur and Luffa grower.

Topic Today: 

True confessions. I failed to grow Luffa in my garden on the west coast so when I heard Cindy is growing luffa, a natural sponge plant that grows like a squash and works without waste, I had to talk to her.

And what a windfall! Cindy says luffa is used for cleaning up oil spills, cleaning dog teeth and washing dishes. This warm-weather plant is also edible and Cindy is growing it under high tunnels in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. And the best news? The product is grown organically and is entirely compostable so there is zero waste.

Source of seeds (Luffa aegyptica) is Richter Seeds – Goodwood, Ontario,

Where Cindy grows: Taproot farms

Connect with Cindy:


Instagram: @annapolisvalleyluffa



Donna is Helping Gardener’s Grow through her interviews with various growers and gardeners. Want to build soil, grow food in extraordinary ways or raise the world’s most expensive spice? Listen in, rate and subscribe.

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