Meet the farmers of Blumen Fields Flowers Farm
The Purveyor of Petals – Nadine Charlton
The main labourer of Blumen Fields Flower Farm and the reason for all of these flowers.
I was raised on a farm in northern Alberta and although we had an extremely short growing season and harsh winters, my mom never failed to fill the freezer and pantry with food she had grown. Some of my earliest memories are helping to pick raspberries alongside my mom or being entranced by the smell of the sweet peas that she always grew along our porch. We moved away from the farm when I was 9 and ever since, I’ve dreamt of getting back into the dirt.
Surely influenced by my farming beginning, I have been growing plants my entire life. Sometimes the space has been limited to pots on an apartment balcony but I’ve always been growing.
I first concocted the idea of growing cut flowers back in 2002. I was influenced by the then-burgeoning local food movement as well as the new knowledge I had acquired of the environmental impact and carbon footprint of global flower shipping. Those two ideas combined in my head and the idea of growing cut flowers and supplying a local market was born. Although, like all big career changes, it took years for all of the parts to line up.
We purchased our dream property in 2017 and I finally traded in my suits and high heels for rubber boots and a sun hat. The journey from idea conception to harvesting buckets of fresh cut flowers took years but everything happens in it’s own perfect time.
I now sow, tend, and harvest specially cut flowers from a 5 acre parcel of land on our property and supply florists and the local farmer’s marker with flowers seven months of the year.
Of course, I couldn’t do all of this without help. And I’ve got some great help.
The Duke of Calculated Risks aka The Fixer of All Problems Real and Perceived – Chris
My dear husband has the hardest job around. Being my husband is not an easy task to be sure but he makes it look effortless. From wiping tears, to fixing motors, this man truly does fix it all. My inspiration and my raison d’etre.
The Kingpin of the Kubota – Myron
My dad has spent his entire life either professionally driving trucks or farming. Sometimes both at once. Needless to say, he has gotten very good at operating machinery and he makes use of the tractor like it’s another appendage. He’s also the master of irrigation and is indispensable in the field.
The Dowager of Doing It All – Pat
My mom has spent her entire life doing. This woman will grow you the food, to cook you the meal, to sit you down at the table she painted, decorated with the tablecloth she crocheted, all while you are wearing the clothes that she sewed. She’ll also do your taxes and mend your broken fence. Just another Tuesday.