Bar OA Flower Farm started as an urban micro flower farm in 2017, located in the Edmonton's Northeast community of Beacon Heights. The idea started out of the desire to produce local, fresh, seasonally inspired cut flowers of the highest quality cut at the perfect moment for each customer.

 

The little farm grew and even using high density crop rotation to maximize space we just found that we had outgrown the land we had. After several months of searching for land to rent or buy, after several conversations it seemed like all hope was lost – people wanted high prices, or long-term contracts, or the land was just so far away from Edmonton that it didn’t make it feasible. But this is where the stars aligned when we met Andrew & Bri, fellow farmers who have a haskap farm with some spare land and a willingness to partner. This year our growing operation will expand to include more varieties and colours of last years favourites.

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What does Bar OA mean?

Livestock branding is a technique for marking livestock so as to identify the owner.Most brands include capital letters or numerals, often combined with other symbols such a slash, circle, half circle, cross, or bar.  Bar OA is the original brand of Bryanna's grandfather, Arthur 'Buck' Pierce. Buck was a pioneer in sustainable farming, Buck raised Suffolk sheep and Hereford Cattle in Northern Alberta.  

The Bar OA brand was passed down to Bryanna's mom Colleen, and now has been passed down to Bryanna. 

 

Photos by Silverlight Photography & Nezar Yeggay Photography

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Bryanna

Bryanna is the idea generator and founder behind Bar OA Flower farm. Bryanna grew up on a mixed farm in Northern Alberta growing flowers and raising sheep, cattle, and chickens. Once she completed highschool Bryanna went on to study agricultural science at the University of Alberta, while studying floral design in the evenings.  Bryanna loves designing weddings using her own home grown flowers. Bryanna believes in growing unique, heirloom, hard to transport flowers that you wouldn’t find in just any store, and continuously learning how to better utilize farm waste to create new products and improve farm sustainability..

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Gary
Gary, Bryanna’s husband provides the muscle around the farm along with moral support. Not growing up on a farm, Gary has spent many hours learning by doing (and sometimes re-doing). Gary loves meeting new people

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Rupert
Rupert is a four-year-old Boxer dog and is the Chief People Greeter at the farm.  Rupert is full of energy, loves meeting new people and getting treats.