A Formation of Love, Knowledge and Experience in Agriculture
The formation of Barnswallow reflects our love, knowledge and experience in agriculture, combined with an equal appreciation of good land practice and support of our local bee pollinator population and wildlife habitat. Growing outside is a long-term theme for our farm operation, exemplifying our practice of growing local flowers and produce, while also encouraging our community to grow daily as human caretakers of our fragile eco-system.
The conventional flower industry is huge and toxic. As flowers are not grown for human consumption, there is little to no regulation on the usage of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers worldwide. A huge contribution to intense chemical use comes from trying to avoid invasive pest species entering the USA. We have provided a link to an research article written in 2017, listing the many risks and issues which surround the conventional flower industry. It was published by The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Internationally shipped flowers also place a giant, carbon footprint on our environment. On a global commercial level, fresh floral product is grown in circumstances that are incredibly hard on the soil and the people who cultivate, harvest and handle them on a mass scale. The fuel and labor needed for transport from their origin to the florist is extreme. There are also large amounts of plastic and cardboard used in these shipments, which requires frequent trash pick ups and increased processing costs for local recycling facilities.
Barnswallow continues to cultivate a passion surrounding the implementation of eco-friendly, farming practices to grow fresh, chemical free, unique and beautiful flowers to share with our community. We continue to farm with organic practices and are life learners of soil care and regenerative farming practices. Market bouquets are wrapped in recyclable brown paper. Arrangements are now designed in Barnswallow's original compostable vases that is trademarked and patented. Barnswallow only sells what it grows locally from 95% of the flowers started from seed in the tiny farm greenhouse that is temp controlled year around. Follow along the journey of Barnswallow on Instagram and Facebook under the searchable name @barnswallowflowers or "Barnswallow Flowers".