Edmonton family cancels moving abroad due to COVID-19, starts BC flower farm instead


The pandemic has forced some people to make major changes in life.

An Edmonton family was on the verge of moving to Thailand for work, but the plan was shelved due to uncertainty caused by COVID-19. Instead, he started a flower farm in BC

Before the pandemic, Katie Splane was teaching at a local Edmonton school. Her husband used to work in Rich Construction. The two were planning to move to Bangkok with their three children for a similar job.

With the global outbreak of COVID-19, the family could no longer rely on the international move and the difficulties of a lengthy quarantine.

“Mostly all about getting away with unknown people, especially long stays away from our families,” Splein said recently on Edmonton radio active.

Instead, the family decided to drive about 1,000 kilometers to Oliver, BC, in the southern Okanagan, to start a new life.

radio active9:02Big Life Changes – Bangkok Approx.

Almost from Bangkok to the rural flower fields of British Columbia. We speak to Katy Splein, a former Edmontonian who underwent a major life change because of the pandemic. 9:02

While her husband stayed in Edmonton for work, the mother and child moved in a camper van and began growing and selling flowers.

The idea took root after Splein began following different influencers on social media who were posting about annual plants that only grow for one season, compared to perennials that return annuals.

“I used to avoid them [annuals] To be honest, because they felt kind of nuanced and unexpected,” Splein, 42, said.

She has grown flowers for fun and helped friends with garden design in the past, but this is the first time it’s become a job.

“It’s been a very steep learning curve,” Splein said.

“But I love growing things and the creative aspects of it.”

It was cold this spring when the family moved into the cramped camper van. Since then, the Okanagan has suffered heat wave after heat wave and temperatures have soared above 40 degrees.

The air is extremely smoky, with dozens of fires burning nearby, and hot weather is expected to continue.

“I guess you could say, there are still moments where I’m still evaluating my decision,” Splein said.

“That being said, the Okanagan is a magical place to be. It is always a pleasure to see yourself outside, surrounded by growing things, fruits and vegetables and people who are appreciating and enjoying the outdoors on a regular basis. Huh.”

During the pandemic, thousands of Canadians packed their bags and moved from large urban centers to rural areas, according to statistics canada.

In the Summer Series, Edmonton is talking to people who have made major life changes during the pandemic. Last week, radio active Spoke to an Edmonton couple who decided to leave the long distance marriage and finally move to the US together

“This pandemic has made me reevaluate what to do with the next 45 years of my life,” Splein said.

radio active9:00Big Life Changes – Ditch the long distance and move your family to the USA!

We are starting a new series on Radio Active, talking to people who have changed their lives in a big way as a result of the pandemic. Our first guest Chantel Ghosh will tell us about re-evaluating their long-distance marriage and keeping everyone in one place after the pandemic. 9:00

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