How it Began
Once we started looking for land in Southern Oregon, we had already decided we wanted to have a vineyard. As we continued to research the region, to our delight, we discovered that lavender also grows well here and once we found our perfect little farm, we knew we had to add a lavender field.
The lavender field was our first project when we arrived on the farm and what a project it was! We broke in our tractor tilling up a former horse pasture and spent many hours as a family picking rocks to prepare the land. In 2018 we planted 16 varieties of lavender, including purple, pink, white, and blue varieties of varying sizes. After a particularly wet February the following year, we lost nearly 20% of our plants, as they do not fare well in standing water. Fortunately, we were able to re-plant and resolve our water issues and we now have a thriving field.
Lavender in Southern Oregon
Lavender season in the Rogue Valley is typically from early June through mid-July. In our little microclimate, the first of the flowers begin to peek out by the end of May and by June, the field is in full color. Our French lavender varieties (Lavandula x intermedia) bloom a bit later and are full of color through early July.
We were very fortunate to discover a community of lavender farms in Southern Oregon. The Southern Oregon Lavender Trail is comprised of lavender farms and nurseries in the Rogue and Applegate Valleys. During lavender season, visitors can follow the trail from one farm to another discovering fields of purple and a myriad of lavender plants and products along the way. During the lavender festival, which occurs over two weekends in mid-June and early July, several of the farms bring in food vendors, live music, and other entertainment.
Our lavender products are made from our estate grown lavender, which is never treated with pesticides or chemicals of any sort. We hand harvest our lavender, which is bundled and dried outside. Culinary lavender is dried indoors. We distill our lavender onsite in our custom mobile lavender still to make essential oils. Products such as our pure essential oil, hydrosol, and lavender lotions will be available at the lavender festival weekends and in our farm stand once we are open. We are continuing to grow our product line with plans to add online sales in the future.