The Local Flower Collective

growers

 

growers.

The growers and farmers of the collective focus on growing quality, specialty blooms that are sold throughout Ontario. They strive to grow their product in an ethically and environmentally safe way. Their operations range in size from a collection of small plots in the west end of Toronto, to 3 acres in Prince Edward County. Some growers come in from Hamilton, Niagara on the Lake, Barrie and Peterborough to bring their beautiful blooms to many Toronto florists. They are members of the collective because they believe in the importance of community and locally, ethically grown product. 

 
 
Photograph:  Celine KIm

Photograph: Celine KIm

Jessica Gale : Sweet gale Gardens

Sweetgale Gardens is a small, ecologically-focused farm and design business at Earth-To-Table Farm in Flamborough, ON.  From 2013-2015, Sweet Gale Gardens piloted her farm business at Fresh City Farms Downsview Park, Toronto. 

OUR MISSION

While our fellow farmers aim to feed the body, we want to feed the soul.

We believe beauty is an essential, inspiring part of life and we share it through flowers.

We recognize reciprocity: the healthier the farm, the more beautiful the bloom.

sweetgalegardens.com

Photograph:  Kristin Sjaarda

Photograph: Kristin Sjaarda

Sarah Nixon : My Luscious Backyard

Hello flower lovers! I’m Sarah and this is my tiny farm in the middle of the city. I created this urban farm in 2002 because I love growing flowers - a lot of flowers- and sharing them with others. Connecting with the natural world in the middle of the city and inviting others to connect is what this is all about. I love to bring the joy of flowers grown in our midst to the celebrations and the daily lives on Torontonians. 

These flowers are grown in an unconventional farming model, a micro farm comprised of many residential front and back yards in Toronto's Parkdale / Roncesvalles neighbourhoods. I grow a ton of flowers in a very small amount of space. These are organically grown (although uncertified) specialty cut flowers ranging from beloved favorites like peonies and dahlias to unusual varieties rarely seen at a standard florist.  

mylusciousbackyard.com

Photograph:  Johnny C.Y. Lam

Photograph: Johnny C.Y. Lam

sas Long : Floralora flowers 

Floralora Flowers is a sustainably run flower farm and seasonally inspired floral design studio.

Located in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, we are committed to providing a wide range of enchanting, locally grown flowers and foliage of the freshest quality to weddings and events,  bouquet subscribers, market goers, florists, and grocery stores. 

In it's fifth year, Floralora grows approximately 3 acres of annuals, perennials, shrubs and vines. Our specialty cut flowers are mostly field grown or grown in one of our three high tunnels, used for season extension and growing more fragile blooms. We aim to bring customers fresh cut blooms from April to November.

floraloraflowers.com

 
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Joanne Feddes : La primavera Farms

Juan and Joanne Feddes are the father-daughter team that keep La Primavera Farms growing.  Since 1954, there have been three generations cultivating the earth and sharing the harvest.  With experience in dairy, poultry and flowers, La Primavera brings a variety of experience and wisdom to their work - and to your table. More recently, Joanne introduced a small herd of Highland Cows, and Juan diversified the flower options to what you will find growing today.

In addition to the beautiful varieties of field flowers offered in season, La Primavera Farms also works hard to produce simply the freshest, longest-lasting sunflowers in our region. Joanne has gone through extensive training in flower arranging to ensure La Primavera bouquets are second-to-none. La Primavera Farms has been hand-crafting market bouquets since 2009. 

laprimaverafarms.com

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Amy & Patrick Kitchen : Sideroad Farms

Sideroad Farms is a small family run farm located in Walter’s Falls, Ontario growing organic vegetables and cut flowers and raising pastured chicken. We sell our products at farmers’ markets, via our summer and winter CSA programs and to local retail and restaurant establishments. 

As farmers and stewards of the land we are passionate about environmental and human health. We farm organically using no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers and no GMOs. Our community of customers, CSA members, neighbours and friends are invited to our annual farm tour and supper in August of each year.

sideroadnaturalfarm.com 

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Antonio Valente : Antonio Valente Flowers

Here at AVF, we are committed to upholding sustainable and chemical-free growing practices. Our flowers are delivered to local flower shops, thereby reducing their carbon footprint. Why? Because we believe that cultivating beauty shouldn’t come at the expense of our beautiful planet.

Today, as one of the “little guys” in the field of cut flower growing, I’m competing with large-scale growers who are producing acres of flowers, so I try to grow specialty varieties that a florist wouldn’t typically find from a large scale wholesaler. Many of the flowers are of heirloom or pollinator-friendly varieties. This allows me to differentiate myself and compete with the “big guys.” I’m also committed to growing my flowers in a completely sustainable fashion. Gardening without the use of harmful chemicals was one of the most important virtues my father instilled into me; he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

antoniovalenteflowers.com

 
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Louise Warner : wild Imagination co. & unicorn Blooms

Wild Imagination Flower Co. is based in Peterborough, Ontario. We are a small flower farm growing in Bethany Hills and Peterborough's west end. We grow a wide array of specialty flowering annuals, perennials, shrubs, grasses and herbs to create an ever-changing seasonal palette. 

Unicorn Blooms is a canadian source for cut flower farmers: dahlia tubers, Italian Ranunculus, specialty tulips, sweet pea seeds.

wildimaginationflowers.com | unicornblooms.com

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Graeme Foers : The Graeme Foers Co.

“I look at life not as years spent, but as chapters written. Life is one big book and each experience is a new page. I don’t care what school you went to, or what degree you have. I think the best way to learn about life is to get out and live it. Challenge yourself, disappoint yourself and most of all, learn to trust yourself. You are the person who decides your limits.”  – Graeme

Graeme Foers is based in Essa Township. On 45 acres of mostly forest, bordering the Nottawasaga River. Graeme not only grows beautiful flowers but he also makes small batch syrup and honey.

graemefoers.com

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Amanda white : Broadside Flowers

Broadside Flowers is a small farm located in picturesque Terra Cotta, Ontario. After working as an artist and landscaper in Toronto for almost a decade, owner Amanda White moved out to the country with her partner and decided to begin growing specialty cut flowers for florists and markets. We practice organic and sustainable growing methods and embrace a seasonal approach to flower farming.

broadsideflowers.com

 
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Rachel Schmitz : Palatine Roses 

Greetings from our family and everyone that make Palatine Roses possible. We are proud to grow rose bushes and fruit trees, as well as tender fruit and wine grapes. We are situated on Palatine Hill, a place of historical significance, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. Due to our geographical location we have a longer growing season with higher heat units than most of Canada. This unique location, combined with attention to detail and a holistic approach to soil management results in plants of highest quality and vigor.

You are welcome to visit our garden center, where you'll find a rose for every one; exhibitioners, old garden rose fanciers, as well as the environmentally conscious gardener. 

palatineroses.com

 

 
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Heidi Brautigam : Stems Flower Farm 

We are a 6 acre family flower farm minutes from downtown Alliston and Cookstown, only about 20 minutes from Barrie or Newmarket.

Our primary focus is providing beautiful, seasonal and sustainably grown flowers to our community. 

stemsflowerfarm.ca