May 12, 2016
By: Ashleigh Bliss
For us, farming dahlias is a real labour of love. On our website we often talk about how we’re a family owned and operated farm, which to many might sound crazy, but for us, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
While Dar, Tom and myself do the majority of the work in the field, when dahlia season is in full swing it’s often ‘all hands on deck’. When this happens we’re usually rounding up all willing, and even the less than willing participants in our family to come lend a hand in some way, or another. Whether it’s filling and hauling buckets to the truck, helping man the booth at the market, or making lunch on a Friday afternoon we’ve come to rely pretty heavily on the help and support of close family and friends to keep us going throughout the season.
As the flower field slowly expands year after year, and we start adding things like hoop houses to help extend the season, we know that there may come a time when we run out of extended family to help, or they tell us enough is enough.
For the time being though, feeling like you’re working, on and growing a business (no pun intended), with the people you care about the most, that’s something that I certainly cherish, and would like to try and hold on to for as long as possible. Having 3 generations in the flower field all at the same time, is something that you’re seeing less and less of in farming these days, and if you ask me, that’s pretty special.