Nadine's Fresh Food Scene: Grow it - Eat it - Live it
We have incredible partners involved in our campaign that are near and dear to our hearts. They are all local family businesses that just also happen to be some of Nadine’s FAVORITE things. Enjoy!
THE GROWING STORY
Thiel’s Greenhouses in east central Alberta is a one acre production and retail facility owned and operated by Nadine Stielow. Formerly a Respiratory Therapist of 20 years, Nadine bought the business in 2010 with an entrepreneurial vision for change and growth. The greenhouse team proudly offers the best in all things green while continually seeking to innovate, improve efficiency and grow conscientiously for the end consumer by learning and utilizing the latest in production methods. As owner and head grower, Nadine includes an integrated pest management (IPM) program that emphasizes using biocontrol instead of harmful chemicals. She is committed to using good bugs to take out the bad ones and is on a constant quest to learn, teach, share and promote growing clean.
With two seasonal retail locations and several wholesale vendors, Thiel's Greenhouses strive to provide a destination for horticultural knowledge, education, community events, and volunteer initiatives. Nadine strongly believes that community partnerships and local business go hand in hand, in thriving communities. Supporting each other is the key to success.
THE GROWING PASSION
The next new venture for Nadine and the greenhouse team is well underway. Growing flowers and bedding plants will remain part of what they do best - plants provide joy, beauty and an endless summer supply of homegrown goodness - but now Nadine envisions the path to expanding her business lies in fresh food production - to grow greens and herbs for the local food market - to provide a healthy option that is accessible to more Albertans. Nadine and her family live and love the rural life on their 6th generation farm, so it comes as no surprise that this next venture is truly a calling – her entrepreneurial and life’s passion.
THE GROWING PLAN
In order to expand into growing fresh local food, they need the hydroponic system to do it. The goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000. The greenhouse space is almost ready to go, and now Nadine needs the equipment to make this venture FLY. The cost of this initiative is a significant one-time expenditure with part of the funds coming from this campaign. It would turn the business from a 6 month seasonal operation to a year round facility that also boosts to the area's economy and services.
Why crowdfund? It offers a means for the whole community to get involved with a new project. It engages excitement and enthusiasm as partners work together to accomplish a goal. It highlights local area businesses and services - and the best part about the ATB BoostR campaign, when you boost, you receive a reward. That's win, win. Supporters get value for their dollar, a local business has opportunity for growth and the greater community of business and customers support each other.
Being avid supporters of the 'buy local' movement, the greenhouse team understand that it's important for families, just like their own, to know where their food is coming from. They have expertise and the space to do this, but now need your support in expanding into this next growing scene. Please join the campaign!
THE GROWING APPRECIATION: A personal note from Nadine:
Although the name of the campaign and project is "Nadine's Fresh Food Scene" it most certainly is a group effort. It takes a whole lot of love, sweat and tears to pull together anything big and worthwhile.
So you may picture me doing this all by myself. For sure I'm the public face of my business, and in most circumstances the driver of the day to day operations. However, the reality is that there are so many wonderful family, friends, colleagues, and supporters that embrace and believe in what I do on my little piece of this Earth. I am truly humbled and grateful. You know who you are. BIG hugs and THANK YOU.
Let's grow some fresh food!