A small sustainable farm in the beautiful Fingerlakes region of New York state growing lavender, surrounded by wineries and beautiful sunsets.
We are located near Cayuga Lake
1321 State Rt 34B King Ferry, NY
Phone# (315) 364-1023
The third year a lot of things changed. We learned from our mistakes and our successes from the first two years. We learned what to do and what not to do. We learned what varieties worked and those that couldn't weather our upstate New York winters. Through all of this we had a reliable, knowledgeable and delightful business supplier, our lavender supplier Sarah Bader from Stonegate Lavender in Oregon. Her lavender was always top notch, and the service was impeccable. Sarah's knowledge was a deep well we drew upon often. One major change was that my wife to be and I purchased a small 8 acre farm and decided it was time to really get down to business and put all we learned to the test. We had a few large fields with many of them exposed to strong winds we get almost year round. Fear of the wind desiccating the lavender worried me. We picked one mounded field which had graceful lines that we could see well from the house. Here is where we chose to plant 700 lavender plants. We have always chosen 3 inch size plants not plugs. I know there are some growers who will save a dollar or so to get plugs. Here in the north though I don't have that luxury. I need to get these plants off to a good start so they are large enough to survive our winters. Most of our plants by the end of the summer have easily tripled in size. We planted these on a curve, a long arc. When asked this year by a state inspector why not straight rows, "I replied because it looks nice!" That is the reason - aesthetically it just looks nicer than straight rows. We allow 4 foot wide paths between our rows. These rows are grass which makes it easy for us to just mow and here again looks nice. We also wanted the paths to be grass as it is nice to walk on for our customers that visit the farm. We did make one mistake. I plowed up the whole field instead of just the area I needed. It is a hassle to seed it and make it look well right off the bat. Now we till just the row we need for lavender, not the surrounding grass. In fact that is how we made our lavender labyrinth. We just tilled our design into the soil leaving the grass path to walk.