We call this little piece of paradise “Sunflower Farm.” Many people assume that it is because we grow sunflowers, and while it is true that there are always lots of wonderful sunflowers growing here and there, we do not grow them in large quantities, or as a crop.
We chose the name “sunflower” as a play on the word “sun power” since our home (and farm) are completely off the electrical grid and powered by the sun and wind. Like natural solar panel trackers, sunflowers turn during the day in order to face the sun.
We also like the fact that sunflowers have become a symbol of the nuclear disarmament movement. According to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ican),
When Ukraine became a nuclear-weapon-free nation in 1996, US Defense Secretary William Perry declared that “sunflowers instead of missiles in the soil would ensure peace for future generations”.
Activists around the world have also planted sunflowers as a sign of solidarity with the people of Chernobyl and Fukushima, who have suffered greatly from radioactive contamination following major meltdowns at nuclear reactors. There is only one safe nuclear reactor in the universe, they say – the Sun, located 150 million kilometres from Earth.