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Join our team

We’re hiring greenhouse workers for our hydroponic greenhouse in Osler

If you love summer and want it to last all year; if you like working with plants and want to be surrounded by them all year; and if you have a love for working in a classy work environment full of great people, then you’ve found your place!

Our hydroponic greenhouse grows 26 different crops all year and stays a balmy 24 degrees, even in the middle of winter. Our staff are fun, hardworking and incredibly talented.

We want to expand the Floating Gardens family by one or two more workers, beginning the week of August 27th, 2018 (negotiable depending on applicant).

Send your questions and resume by email to Chris at greatproduce@floatinggardens.ca

  

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Floating Gardens: We’re not just a business, we’re family

Floating Gardens is a family owned business, operated by brother and sister Chris and Rachel Buhler.  Our parents, Wilf and Ruth and our life partners Kaytee and Clint, support us in the daily operations of growing and selling vegetables and maintaining the farm.

Our greenhouse is situated on our family’s Century Farm nestled right up to the small town of Osler, Sk.

We value healthy, locally grown, homecooked food and are honoured to be a part of the Saskatchewan local food economy since 2008.

Our incredible staff and customers in Saskatoon and Regina help make this dream possible, thank you!

What we’re about:

  • providing Saskatchewan residents with the highest quality vegetables and herbs 365 days a year
  • building a stronger local community through economic development
  • working toward a sustainable food economy
  • maintaining strong family connections

Thanks for visiting our page, don’t forget to order online!

 

L-R Kaytee, Chris, Wilf, Ruth, Clint, Anna, Rachel

 

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Cilantro — how we grow it

Cilantro is one of our most popular herbs in the summer. This is how we grow it.

We seed it in 1020 trays in soilless media and place it on a shelf in a warm area to germinate.

Seeded cilantro in the process of germinating.

We wait until the majority of plants have roots and shoots showing (the ones in the picture below have a couple of days to go before being put out).

Germinating cilantro, nearly ready for the production house.

We put it on benches in the greenhouse so they can start to make use of the sun (and they will turn green).

This cilantro has been on the bench for about 1 week.

The bench waters the trays from underneath so that we get minimal water on the leaves (water on the leaves risks causing disease on the plants).

cilantro just getting it's first true leaf.
This cilantro has been out on the bench for nearly 2 weeks. Most plants have 1 true leaf at this point.

After its 3rd week (4th week in winter) in the greenhouse it is ready to harvest.

harvestable cilantro
Cilantro just before harvest. This has been growing in the greenhouse for 3-4 weeks (depending on the time of year).

We harvest cilantro by hand and bag it in the greenhouse.

We add air to the bags to protect the cilantro and label it.

We put it in the fridge because the quicker we cool it the longer it lasts after we cut it. Taking ‘field heat’ off the plant is one of the critical factors in lengthening shelf life for the product.

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Lime Roasted Eggplant

Lime Roasted Eggplant

This is one of our favourite eggplant recipes. We recommend it highly, and hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggplants
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mint (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • Salt & pepper

 

Directions

With a peeler alternate peeling a strip, leaving a strip of eggplant skin.

Cut eggplant into cubes.

Drizzle oil onto cubes.

Add salt & pepper to taste.

Stir.

Place on parchment on baking sheet. Roast at 425ºF for 20 minutes (until brown).

Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle lime juice on eggplant. Stir.

Crumble feta cheese onto eggplant. Stir.

Add fresh mint on top.

Serve.

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Pirate bugs!

Pictures of orius (minute pirate bug) on eggplant. www.floatinggardens.ca
From top left, clockwise. Minute Pirate Bug (orius), bottle of Minute pirate bugs, a plant in the eggplant row that we are treating with orius.

Introducing minute pirate bug (aka. orius).

Our biggest pest in the greenhouse this year are tiny insects called thrips. Thrips will attack pretty much anything in the greenhouse but are particularly fond of cucumbers and nasturtium.

We use several other invertebrates to fight the thrips. Cucumaris mites, hypoaspis mites and the pirate bugs shown here.

[pullquote] If you’ve ever had a crooked cucumber, it’s most likely crooked because a thrip damaged it while it was in its infancy. Thrips can also kill our cucumber plants which is why we turn to the pirate bugs for help.[/pullquote]
The pirate bugs are my favourite of the anti-thrip trio because I can easily see them (they’re small, but not as small as mites) and because they’re called pirate bugs (best bug name ever).

These bugs are a critical part of our non-chemical insect control program.