Opening greenhouse Pioneer Flower Farms, Canada (ON)

Deconstructing the greenhouse after the fire. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
Deconstructing the greenhouse after the fire. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
Building in progress. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
Building in progress. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The building progress. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The building progress. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The foundation. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The foundation. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The greenhouse glass. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The greenhouse glass. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The greenhouse sandwich panels on one part of the greenhouse. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
The greenhouse sandwich panels on one part of the greenhouse. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
Time to construct the screens. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
Time to construct the screens. Photo credit: Prins Greenhouses.
Open day at the company's 50th anniversary. Everbody smiled to the photographer who was strategically standing on a high platform.
Open day at the company's 50th anniversary. Everbody smiled to the photographer who was strategically standing on a high platform.
Visiters could take pictures outside...
Visiters could take pictures outside...
... or with pot mums from the Pioneer Flower Farms greenhouse.
... or with pot mums from the Pioneer Flower Farms greenhouse.
They also thought of a place for the kids to play!
They also thought of a place for the kids to play!
Proud produce from Canada.
Proud produce from Canada.
The huge flower bulb outside the office cannot be missed.
The huge flower bulb outside the office cannot be missed.
Lots of crates for growing tulips, among other things, which are grown inside the greenhouse in crates.
Lots of crates for growing tulips, among other things, which are grown inside the greenhouse in crates.
At the loading dock, the typical North American trucks are waiting for a new freight.
At the loading dock, the typical North American trucks are waiting for a new freight.
Plenty of equipment is also available for outdoor work in the fields around the greenhouse.
Plenty of equipment is also available for outdoor work in the fields around the greenhouse.
Henk junior helps orchestrate the team photo in honor of the 50th anniversary.
Henk junior helps orchestrate the team photo in honor of the 50th anniversary.
The Sikking family in the midst of all its employees.
The Sikking family in the midst of all its employees.
A large machine provided the backdrop for the team photo.
A large machine provided the backdrop for the team photo.
Hands in the air
Hands in the air
Colleagues from the region also came to take a look.
Colleagues from the region also came to take a look.
The company makes use of Dutch technologies.
The company makes use of Dutch technologies.
Take a first peek inside the greenhouse
Take a first peek inside the greenhouse
Cut flower processing lines, designed by Bercomex.
Cut flower processing lines, designed by Bercomex.
Video screens showed the entire process. The machines themselves were stationary during the open house.
Video screens showed the entire process. The machines themselves were stationary during the open house.
Pioneer Flower Farms employees look at the photo wall that was constructed in honor of the anniversary to showcase the company's history.
Pioneer Flower Farms employees look at the photo wall that was constructed in honor of the anniversary to showcase the company's history.
In addition to the greenhouses, much space is needed for refrigeration and storage.
In addition to the greenhouses, much space is needed for refrigeration and storage.
An aerial view of the company
An aerial view of the company
50 years of grower family Sikking in pictures
50 years of grower family Sikking in pictures
Tulips were not lacking at the party.
Tulips were not lacking at the party.
Early in the afternoon it was already filling up nicely. Later in the day it got even busier.
Early in the afternoon it was already filling up nicely. Later in the day it got even busier.
A crate washing robot
A crate washing robot
The Prins Greenhouses team, led by Arjen van Eekelen, organized tours.
The Prins Greenhouses team, led by Arjen van Eekelen, organized tours.
The beginning of the tour with tulips grown at the ground storey and potted chrysanthemums on the top.
The beginning of the tour with tulips grown at the ground storey and potted chrysanthemums on the top.
The growers make use of a multilayer system
The growers make use of a multilayer system
Arjen van Eekelen of Prins Greenhouses was one of the greenhouse builders who gave a tour.
Arjen van Eekelen of Prins Greenhouses was one of the greenhouse builders who gave a tour.
Tulips are being grown in crates.
Tulips are being grown in crates.
In this greenhouse department, the tulips stay for about four days.
In this greenhouse department, the tulips stay for about four days.
HT Verboom provided much automated transport of containers through the greenhouses.
HT Verboom provided much automated transport of containers through the greenhouses.
The tulips are grown in substrate in crates
The tulips are grown in substrate in crates
The greenhouse is equipped with three screens.
The greenhouse is equipped with three screens.
Above the tulips are the potted chrysanthemums.
Above the tulips are the potted chrysanthemums.
The greenhouse is equipped with an energy screen, a blackout screen and a diffuse screen cloth.
The greenhouse is equipped with an energy screen, a blackout screen and a diffuse screen cloth.
Later in the growing stage for the tulips, the tulips stand for about four weeks.
Later in the growing stage for the tulips, the tulips stand for about four weeks.
Vertical fans optimize the greenhouse climate.
Vertical fans optimize the greenhouse climate.
For growing pot chrysanthemums, the crates on the containers can be used inverted.
For growing pot chrysanthemums, the crates on the containers can be used inverted.
Roller screens separate the greenhouse departments.
Roller screens separate the greenhouse departments.
Between greenhouse departments, the climate differs.
Between greenhouse departments, the climate differs.
The greenhouse section on the left is built so that with windows of stegdoppel plate facing north, no sunlight enters the greenhouse. The greenhouse deck is further made of sandwich panels. In this way an optimal control is possible for and a good quality tulip in the last cultivation stage before picking.
The greenhouse section on the left is built so that with windows of stegdoppel plate facing north, no sunlight enters the greenhouse. The greenhouse deck is further made of sandwich panels. In this way an optimal control is possible for and a good quality tulip in the last cultivation stage before picking.
The fans allow drier air from above the screens to be blown into the greenhouse for energy savings and the creation of an optimal growing climate.
The fans allow drier air from above the screens to be blown into the greenhouse for energy savings and the creation of an optimal growing climate.
George de Groot (in the red jacket) laid concrete floors for the growers
George de Groot (in the red jacket) laid concrete floors for the growers
Through a tunnel connection, you can take a look at the greenhouses from the company's early days from the new greenhouse.
Through a tunnel connection, you can take a look at the greenhouses from the company's early days from the new greenhouse.
In those greenhouses you went, to quote "guide" Arjen, "fifty years back in time."
In those greenhouses you went, to quote "guide" Arjen, "fifty years back in time."
The older greenhouses also include rolling tables and screens, but from a different era.
The older greenhouses also include rolling tables and screens, but from a different era.
The older greenhouses were still heated with steam.
The older greenhouses were still heated with steam.
In the new greenhouse goes heating with boilers and hot water.
In the new greenhouse goes heating with boilers and hot water.
From the new greenhouse, it was also possible to take a look at the outdoor fields.
From the new greenhouse, it was also possible to take a look at the outdoor fields.
Via a conveyor belt, the plants sometimes go ...
Via a conveyor belt, the plants sometimes go ...
... from the greenhouse to the outside.
... from the greenhouse to the outside.
Residual heat from the cooling facility is used to heat the greenhouse
Residual heat from the cooling facility is used to heat the greenhouse
Growers mix three types of soil in the soil bunker: peat, sand and loam.
Growers mix three types of soil in the soil bunker: peat, sand and loam.
Planting machine
Planting machine
The pots are filled with bulbs and soil.
The pots are filled with bulbs and soil.
Then brushed
Then brushed
Hyacinth bulbs
Hyacinth bulbs
No grower can do without a good supply of fertilizers.
No grower can do without a good supply of fertilizers.
Storage facility at the docks to the trucks
Storage facility at the docks to the trucks
Overview of the new greenhouse
Overview of the new greenhouse
The oldest greenhouses are along the main road in front. Photo credit:  Pioneer
The oldest greenhouses are along the main road in front. Photo credit:  Pioneer
Double space use with hanging baskets as well. Photo credit: Pioneer.
Double space use with hanging baskets as well. Photo credit: Pioneer.
Watering from above. Photo credit: Pioneer.
Watering from above. Photo credit: Pioneer.
Greenhouse in full production. Photo credit: Pioneer.
Greenhouse in full production. Photo credit: Pioneer.

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