CAN (ON): Northern flower farmers started it all with one sunflower seed

The sunflowers at Antila Acres in Cochrane, Ont. are thriving in this long weekend's heatwave.

Kayla Antila and her partner Catherine Boulet said they never envisioned they'd be flower farmers until Antila's mom suggested planting some sunflower seeds, and now they are loving every minute of it. "I would say I don't have a green thumb but we tried it out," said Antila. "It was pretty easy – I mean, the weather has to be on your side as well, but it's just a matter of planting them, watering, and watching them grow."

"I think it's a really good thing; people really enjoy it around here 'cause we're the only sunflower farm," added Boulet. Antila told CTV News that the experience has brought her family closer together. "We work very closely with my parents; they're both retired, so they help us out a lot," she said.

"We're always out here on the farm having a good laugh, and it's nice to be on the land. It's calming, it's relaxing, so it's brought us a lot of joy."


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