After the craze for local food products,
“Slow Flower” arrives in Quebec.
Located in the municipality of Stanstead in Estrie, Enfants Sauvages is a local and eco-friendly flower farm, a floral design studio, an agri-tourism destination and a training centre for tomorrow’s farmers.
The owner couple consisting of Alice Berthe ( Les Jardineries at Olympic Park, God Save the Queen at Darling Foundry) and Thierry Bisaillon-Roy (graduate in farm business management) met on a vegetable farm. Both urban beekeepers, it is only natural that the idea of combining their passions was born by creating a company whose mission is to make the magic of flowers accessible to anyone.
Why the “Slow Flower”?
Currently, the majority of cut flowers on the market come from the Netherlands, Ecuador, Colombia and Kenya. A blue rose, birds of paradise that traveled between 5000 and 11,000 kilometers. No thank you! The environmental footprint of this industry is catastrophic and the concentration of pesticides in products is sometimes above the limit allowed in Canada. Far from the idyllic image of a bouquet of flowers, isn’t it? Fortunately, Enfants Sauvages is coming! “If people knew what the flowers they buy in traditional flowering would not, they wouldn’t buy them. Alice, owner of the Enfants Sauvages’s Flower Farm
New generation of florist
In the style of organic vegetable baskets, the company offers floral subscriptions to be able to enjoy flowers all season long. The farm produces about 60 varieties of flowers and also offers bouquets for pre-order each week (so, no more waste! Only the flowers that will be used will be picked). Since the company does not have a store, it is through its list of drop-off points that the flowers are accessible. Currently, four cities are served by Enfants Sauvages: Montreal, Sherbrooke, Magog and Ayer’s Cliff.
Enfants Sauvages is also a place of education and awareness. The farm welcomes students from the Coaticook Vocational Training Centre to share entrepreneurship knowledge and expertise. Ultimately, it wants to be an essential step in the region’s agri-tourism activities.