Decades 9 & 10: 2000s & 2010s
A new century begins…and no Y2K bug! Glenn’s sister Sharon & husband Dan join the business in the summer of 2000. The move to the new location on Clover Bar Road north of Highway 16 continues steadily and is completed by 2003. Glenn stays as lead grower, Louise remains with annual production, Sharon takes up seeding and perennial production; and Dan takes on marketing, the retail house, and other business related tasks.
The business takes a definite retail focus at this new location, and the greenhouses gradually over time become increasingly efficient with technology. Watering systems incorporating flood top benches, flood floors, sprinklers, and drip systems are put in place. A water recycling and filtration system reduces water consumption. Ceiling shade curtains are installed to decrease fuel consumption by adding insulation factors in the winter and decreasing greenhouse temperatures in spring. Other machinery is added for seeding, transplanting, and flat filling. Gantries are installed to decrease human footsteps on concrete – those footsteps need to be saved for a sandy beach!
And speaking of technology, a website is put up on the web and social media with blogging and vlogging, Instagram, and Facebook becoming a part of everyday greenhouse life. This has become a method of interacting with our gardening community all year long – and it’s been fun!
On the family side, Charlie & Nellie move from the city to the riverbank property affectionately called “The Old Place” after Robert moves to BC to be with his sister Jean and her family in the early 2000s. Glenn & Louise locate to “The New Place”. And Dan & Sharon find a home right in between – “The Halfway House”. John & his wife Carolyn also reside at ‘The Old Place” and Chris found a spot in Sherwood Park with his wife in the middle of this decade. It’s unusual that a family lives in such proximity as this.
The family said goodbye to Robert, who died in BC in August of 2002. And recently, in July 2018, said their farewells to Jean.
A couple more grandchildren and a few great grandchildren have been added to Charlie & Nellie’s brood, keeping things lively and the family tradition of growing continues.
As we look back over the years we are grateful. We are grateful for the many people who have worked alongside us – some worked for just a season and others worked beside us for many years. Thank you so much for your work and dedicateion! We have always said that greenhouse work is indoor farming – it’s heavy and sweaty, sometimes the days are stressful and long. Thank you for hanging in there with us and sharing your ideas with us!
And we are grateful for our customers – we would like to express our deep gratitude to all of you in our community that have supported our family over the years and continue to do so now.
Thank you all so much!
– by Sharon Wallish Murphy