Grown Here at Home: Documenting the sunflower process at Beaver Dam Farm in Botetourt County

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BOTETOURT CO., Va. (WDBJ7) - The Sunflower Festival at Beaver Dam Farm in Botetourt County was cut short this year because of rain.

Leading up to the festival, the farm documented on social media the growth of the flowers. And they're continuing to show us the process.

At week 14, pictures show the flowers not looking so sunny anymore.
The stalks, leaves, and flower heads are now brown. And the farm will let them continue to die out and dry out.

The sunflowers are more than just something pretty to look at.
They're an actual crop. In December they'll harvest the seeds from the flowers and have them cleaned and bagged for bird seed that's sold in stores around these parts. What makes it even better, is it's all done locally.