- Bogle Seeds, a family owned and operated farm in Toronto, Canada, closed its 70-acre sunflower field after swarms of selfie takers descended upon the space on July 28.
- Barry Bogle, who works on the farm, told INSIDER that police had to get involved to manage traffic, as officers estimated that 7,000 vehicles attempted to enter the farm.
- Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Brad Bogle, who works on the farm, described the experience as a zombie apocalypse.
- As the situation escalated, the family had no choice but to close the sunflower field for the rest of the season, Barry told INSIDER.
- Although they had some visitors this weekend, Barry said that mob mentality was running rampant on the field.
Bogle Seeds, a family owned and operated farm in Toronto, Canada, closed its 70-acre sunflower field after swarms of tourists descended upon the space to take selfies on July 28, as the Globe and Mail first reported.
I can only describe it as like a zombie apocalypse, Brad Bogle told the outlet of the incident.
The unexpected onslaught of visitors led the farms eight person staff, many of whom are members of the Bogle family, to decide to close the sunflower field for the remainder of the season.
Speaking to INSIDER, Barry Bogle said the sunflower field was first opened to the public on July 20 and for the first eight days everything was fine. But on July 28, something changed.
Saturday started with a rush of visitors and by 2 p.m. the police were here, blocking our lane to prevent any cars from entering our farm, he said. At that point, we were glad to see them.
Then the traffic, Barry said, started to get out of hand. Police estimated that over 7,000 vehicles were trying to get to the field, clogging up side roads, and even abandoning idling cards in traffic and walking up to the fields, he said.
Inside the perimeter of Bogle Seeds, things were bleak, Barry said.
When we saw swarms of people converging on our farm, we realized there was no way to control the situation. We had no hope so our eight family members and staff just had to stand by and watch, he said.
Barry said the people visiting Bogle Seeds were acting disrespectfully.
We could not keep these visitors from entering our fields, knocking down plants, garbage everywhere all the time taking their selfies, and, of course, not paying their $7.50 admission per person, he said. Mob mentality was running rampant.
According to the Globe and Mail, people apparently heard about Bogle Seeds and its photogenic sunflower field through Instagram.
So far, there are more than 1,200 photos tagged with the #bogleseeds hashtag.
After the events the weekend, the Bogle family decided to close the sunflower field for the remainder of the season.
On the farms website, it states NOTICE...ALL PHOTOGRAPHY OF SUNFLOWERS ON THE FARM ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!
But Barry told INSIDER that its been hard to ward off every single potential visitor because the farm also sells seeds and animal feed.
As our business is the sale to the public of wild bird seed and animal feeds, we must screen all who try to enter our premises, he explained. [It is] a real pain as this requires a person at the entrance of our long farm lane â€” a person who is needed for other duties.
And their screening system hasnt been entirely effective.
He said that over the weekend the farm was invaded by thousands of people looking to take pictures with and of the sunflowers. The Bogles have had to ward off trespassers nearly every day. On Sunday, the police had to escort a tour bus away from the farm, Barry said.
I used to love these flowers, Marlene Bogle told the Globe and Mail last week. Now I cant stand em.
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