The Lavender Herb Farm & Club House

 

Farm Produce

"The Lavender Herb Farm was a vision not a dream. As I have pioneered and cultivated this virgin 3 acres and endured many cut and callused hands, aching muscles and body exhaustion, I can say with physical testimony that I have a great appreciation for the 1800's pioneers who made the move west to work the prairie and endured the plights!
I praise them."


~ Linda
 

Why We're Special


I personally purchased the virgin land of the Farm and I'm proud to say we are "pesticide free." There is much confusion with the word "organic". Since organic must be officially certified, the people who handle the testing and certification must have the appropriate credentials. Small farmers often run amuck trying to please their customers with descriptions of organic, so it is a good idea to see authenticity that includes a government seal. With us, you can bank on our produce to be top notch. I am always happy to welcome Summer produce seekers. We also have several fruit trees, from which the harvest is readily available for purchase, when in season.

At the Farm, we use steer manure mulch. The great soil here produces an abundant harvest each year - as long as Mother Nature and my available time co-operate. Life on the Farm keeps me very busy - most days I am up at 5:30am and out like a light by 9:30pm.


Heirloom Plants

raise only heirloom herbs and vegetables. Since I personally use my produce, the quality of my crops is very important. It is my belief that Monsanto GMO must go. Let in by gangsters and our Federal government, Dupont and Monsanto nearly wiped out the entire seed supply, which proceeded to put many small farms out of business. However, working together, small groups of people have rallied together to remedy the situation.

While I do farm heirloom veggies, I don't plant every year. Some years the soil needs to take a rest. Weather conditions and hard work factor into the process of what is grown and/or harvested each year. 

At the Farm, my veggies are not ready to pick until the end of June. Mother Nature is in charge of the process. Fridays are usually a good day to purchase, but please call ahead or check your emails for produce updates.

Fruit can be fickle, and 2018 does not look good! The lack of water (rain) has effectd the growth. I have 13 trees of various fruits: apricot, peach, pear, apple, plums, and cherries. So please check in with me in August to see what's available.


While farming is a glorious hobby, it requires a rest during the Fall/Winter. So, during the months of October-May we take a well-deserved break. This "sleep-time" allows me to clean and prepare for the following growing season. 



Growing Lavender


I love love love lavender. The varieties are endless - about 300 species. Here in Chino Valley we are in Zone 7, so I always rear my lavender with that in mind. At the Farm, I sell lavender plants that may not be found in your typical nurseries or box stores. Unfortunately, I am not set up to ship plants, so you will have to drive on over if you want to make a purchase!

On the Farm, the Lavender blooms approximately June-August and is dormant in the winter. I harvest the Lavender blooms and dry them for bouquets, ideal for craft seekers. I also store Lavender buds to be used for soap making, baking and cooking, and other projects.



Advice on Growing Your Own Lavender

Getting started with lavender is easy. Here are some pointers:
  • Pick an ideal location - consider a focal point with lots of sun. You will discover that lavender makes a great addition to your present landscaping.
  • Blend lavender with other drought tolerant beauties. I like to plant mine with iris, as the combination is very eye catching.
  • Color can vary greatly. The color of lavender can range from intense purple, blue sky, pink, and white.
  • Effects on fragrance. Soil can lend a hand to the fragrance of the plant. Humidity splendidly enhances the fragrance, as will rainfall.
  • Lavender is drought tolerant and likes ground level water. Once a plant is root established, about 4 weeks, watering once a week water should be sufficient.
  • Harvesting time should be just when the buds are opening. Your fresh bouquets will be just delicious!
  • To dry lavender simply hang them upside in a dark place. This allows the oil to run down to the flowers, preserving both the color and fragrance.
  • Landscaping ideas. I used Provence lavender to create a hedge that lines the walkways and borders the yard. The welcoming scent, as you walk the gardens, is most delicious.
  • Lavender attracts bees by the thousands. So be sure to cut early morning or in the evening. 

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