S4 Greenhouses Ltd. was formed in the spring of 2014, when the previous owners decided to retire, selling the business to long time employees Norm and Leona Salomons and newcomers Albert and Kim Schermers.
Located just off Hwy #12, between Lacombe and Gull Lake, S4 Greenhouses consists of 10,000 square meters (2.5 acres) of greenhouse area focusing on various types of vegetables. Currently S4 Greenhouses grows tomatoes, peppers, beans, lettuce and cucumbers.
Our product is sold primarily through local Farmers' Markets, at The S4 Veggie Store (located at the greenhouse), and wholesale through Pik'n'Pak Produce. Please visit our "Farmer's Markets" page to view a list of all the great establishments you can purchase our produce through.
We only accept cash or cheque at the Veggie Store, but do accept M/C, Visa, AMEX and Interac, along with cash, at all our markets.
We will continue to use and improve upon the hydroponic growing methods previously implemented. This includes water conservation, coco fiber as a growing medium, and using C02 from the boilers in our plants. We will also continue to grow without the use of pesticides, opting for biological controls to fend off pests, rather than chemicals. We have implemented the same food safety operating practices and HACCP standards to ensure that all of our vegetables are safe for our customers, and we are NON-GMO verified.
S4 Greenhouses is proud to use hydroponic methods to grow our vegetables. What does this mean? In short: we do not use soil, but instead grow our plants in a porous medium (coco fiber) and feed them a combination of elements through an irrigation system. Each zone in our greenhouse receives a specific amount of water and nutrients based on its needs, and has its temperature controlled 24 hours a day. By not using soil, we can reduce the number of pests and diseases infecting our plants.
We are also proud to use BIOLOGICAL CONTROLS instead of pesticides to control unwanted bugs! Essentially, we monitor for pests and find "good" bugs to take care of the "bad" bugs. A good example of this would be ladybugs. The ladybugs released into our greenhouse eat any aphids that might be causing stress to our plants.
Our Non-GMO verification was received in 2015, and we will continue to ensure that all our plants are derived from non-GMO seeds.
We are not organic. While we try to ensure that our vegetables are healthy and contain as many nutrients as possible, we do use an outdoor water source and the combination of elements we use does constitute "fertilizer". As mentioned above, this is the sole way our plants receive their required sustenance, as they are not grown in nutrient-rich soil.
S4 Greenhouses is proud to employ 10 full-time, local residents. During our peak season, we hire an additional 7 - 10 students to keep up with crop work, vegetable picking, packaging, and Farmers' Markets.
We are pleased to offer tours through our greenhouses. Arrangements must be made at least one week prior to your visit. Please contact us via email (email@example.com) with your name, phone number, estimated number of participants and your preferred date and time. All efforts will be made to accommodate your request but we do reserve the right to schedule visits at our discretion.