Grower Profiles
New intros are attracting attention, but P.E.I. grower says customers still prefer tried-and-true red varieties.
Canadale Nurseries president and manager Tom Intven was recently presented with the prestigious Award of Merit from the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society. The Award of Merit is the highest recognition the Eastern Region bestows upon its membership.
New products and production processes are always a highlight of the annual CanWest Hort Show floriculture bus tour, and the most recent edition was no exception.
Dietrich and Elizabeth Kuhlmann started with an 8'x40' lean-to greenhouse. “The award recognizes not just that they have been running a successful business since 1962,” said Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza, greenhouse business specialist with Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, “but it also recognizes their contribution to the growth of the industry.”
This year’s recipient was recognized for his dedication to extension efforts, research and teaching. His frequent visits to growers “ensured that he did not forget that they were hungry for applied research projects that addressed the problems they were facing in the greenhouse right now.”
A Leamington-based company is coordinating a unique energy program involving standby generators. It’s a win-win situation. “We take small scale standby generation from the participating greenhouses, aggregate them together, and sell this power as a block to the grid.”

Pieter and Anita deBruin of Devan Greenhouses have been among the first to embrace new technologies.
“If you want to do something to draw attention to your garden centre, you have to do something spectacular. Small changes or improvements aren’t enough.”

This year’s Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers award recipients look after a number of operations, including greenhouse vegetables. “It would be tough to list all their business enterprises in a single sentence.”
There’s winter, spring, summer, fall, and … Christmas, of course! Kool Breeze Farms Garden Centre of P.E.I. has found that a greenhouse is a perfect setting for Christmas season items.

In the early 1990s, an Ontario farm, that for more than a quarter century had cultivated a loyal following among fruit and vegetable consumers, recognized and pursued new market opportunities. The result? It has since become a dynamic player in North American cut flower and dried arrangement markets.
One of North America’s leading producers, they grow over 10 million cut flowers each year, along with about 500,000 of the increasingly popular ‘Samurai’ potted varieties in both 4" and 6" pots.
The long-time cut flower grower specializes in stem tinting, and has marketed a product line called “Brilliance” to the floral trade. The process involves placing a dry-cut into a colouring solution for absorption of an array of colours.
Cut flower and potted plant producers welcome CanWest bus tour delegates

“Coffee pitcher time,” Clazina Meyers (Oma) announces over the intercom at Meyers Fruit Farms and Greenhouses in Niagara-on-the-Lake day of my recent visit. Yes, Oma, at age 79, still prepares the coffee for breaktimes and does the banking. Her husband Jim, equally youthful at age 81, remains active in the day-to-day operations of the business.
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