We started with a property in Ridgeway, Ontario in 2016 with the intention of having solar panels installed on the field to provide clean power to South Niagara. After this, our second phase was to grow lavender on the field. The government ended the green energy program. As such, we then focused solely on growing lavender.
We cleared the land over the course of several years. We then planted lavender in a cleared portion of land in 2017, planting 1,000 plants. This land requires more work to be ready for expansion.
In 2018, we planted 1,000 lavender plants on our Port Colborne farm. The plants did not survive the spring of 2019 because of the rain and a drainage issue.
In 2019, we devised a new plan for planting the lavender with new drainage techniques. In 2019 we planted 600 plants. These plants survived the winter and spring.
In 2020, we obtained more plants and began cultivating more land. Now, we have over 7,000 plants in the ground between our Ridgeway and Port Colborne farms!
In 2021, we had a very successful harvest, and expanded are products and services. We offered tours, yoga, and special events on our farm in Port Colborne. We also mastered our liquid soap process.
In 2022, we lost much of our crop due to poor spring weather. We replanted 2,500 lavender plants, spanning several varieties.
In 2023, we will be excited to have guests visit our farm and experience the new programs and fun activities to do on the farm.
We wanted to get back to nature and do our part for the environment.
South Niagara has great agricultural land. The soil is great for growing lavender. South Niagara needed a place for people to go and relax while also enjoying the great land this area has to offer. We provide this experience.
In doing our part for the environment, we decided to grow lavender, which bees pollinate. We hope to have a thriving bee population on our farms so that we can do our part to help protect the bees. The butterflies also love our farm. We spotted hundreds of monarch butterflies on the farm this year.
We are going to keep planting and growing lavender plants on both properties until there are sea's of purple on both properties. We will be diversifying this coming year and will be planting sunflowers and pumpkins. We want to become the place where people can meet, relax, and enjoy the fruits of our labour on the rich land in beautiful South Niagara.