A Flower Farm on the Prairies“I do a lot of research,” says Joanne, “and I peruse the seed catalogues. There is always something new, and the florists are eager to give it a try.” One of this year’s stars is a chocolate-coloured dahlia.
Local Flowers for Locavores
Canada “imports huge numbers of cut flowers, with more than $50 million in imports from Colombia alone,” explains Paul Hanley in an August 12, 2008 article for The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon). They are heavily sprayed to kill pests, and they are exempt from regulations limiting pesticide residues.
“Colombia's flower farms use casual labourers who have no job security. Seventy per cent are women who earn just 60 cents an hour and work up to 60 hours a week, often without full overtime pay, before special occasions like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.
"By many accounts, these workers suffer from a myriad of health problems linked to exposure to pesticide cocktails that are applied frequently. They are sometimes forced to enter greenhouses only one or two hours after they are sprayed with toxic pesticides.”
By way of contrast, the Halters use absolutely no chemicals to grow their flowers, and they are happy to share their harvest with the local deer, squirrels and chipmunks. I know which flowers I would rather buy.
Bill’s House of Flowers
Heaven Scent Flowers
Little Shop of Flowers
Jane’s Floral Dreams
Flowers by Fred
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