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, beautiful flowers and produce to share with our community. We continue to farm with organic practices and are life learners of soil care. Our market bouquets are wrapped in recyclable brown paper and most arrangements are placed in glass or pottery that can be returned to the farm for use elsewhere.