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 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.
The land does not have a gas connection, the ground is full of routes and rocks, and there is a drainage issue. It will require more work yet to be ready for lavender. As such, we purchased a second property in Port Colborne, Ontario. This land is ideal for growing lavender.
In 2018, we planted 1,000 lavender plants in Port Colborne. 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.
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 will be opening our Port Colborne farm to the public and preparing the land to expand our operation for 2022.
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.
We are going to keep planting and growing lavender plants on both properties until there are sea's of purple on both properties. 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.