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Hordes of selfie seekers destroy popular sunflower farm

Emily Vukovic
Video Journalist

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6:31 PM - What would you do for the perfect selfie? Would you trespass? Park illegally? Trample a sunflower field with thousands of other people just to get Instagram likes?

That is exactly what happened at Bogle Seeds Farm in Flamborough, Ont.

Barry, Marlene, Brad and Audrey are part of a long line of Bogles that have been farming since 1874. They are now largely a bird seed production farm with a beautiful field of sunflowers that people can explore.

Correction: They DID have a beautiful field of sunflowers that people could explore. Not anymore.

Over the weekend of July 29th over 7,000 cars showed up after sunflower photos taken at the farm went viral on social media. The police had to get involved and the Bogles have now permanently banished the public from visiting the sunflower field.

"We are sorry to report that as of July 28, 2018, all opportunities for 2018 sunflower photography are now terminated," reads a statement on the farm's website.

Berry Bogle just wants it to all go away.

“There are even local businesses mad at us right now," he is quoted as saying.

"People are parking in their parking lot and walking over to our field. They are taking the heads of the sunflowers and taking them home."

He says some of the crop is now ruined, but people keep showing up, telling the Globe and Mail the influx of selfie seekers was like "the zombie apocalypse."

Things are starting to calm down at the farm, but even with all of the news stories surrounding the mayhem people are still showing up expecting to get pictures and even trespassing to do it.

Meanwhile, others are showing their support and their displeasure on social media.

The Bogles won’t know the extent of the damage until they harvest the plants in late September or early October.


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