Lavender Dream FarmA Vision of Purple
Lavender friends and family, as of the end of July 2021, Lavender Dream Farm has officially closed. But don’t worry – a very nice family with young knees and backs have decided to continue with lavender and will be taking it into a fresh and new direction. As soon as they have established their name and site, we will update this page with their info so you can go see what exciting things they have planned. Thank you everyone who visited the farm and enjoyed the lavender. It was an honor to get to know you and be a part of your community.
May you be blessed with safety, health and wealth. Until we can meet again, stay safe my friends. Help one another. Keep calm and lavender on!
The owner was gracious and allowed the short notice visit but said he would be there while we looked around with the realtor. My wife gives the thumbs up or thumbs down on the house – I give the thumbs up or thumbs down on the yard…in this case 10 acres of yard. As the owner was showing me the property lines, there was about a foot of snow on the ground. Instead of walking all the way over to the property line we were standing on the porch and he was pointing out where remnants of corn stalks and rye grass stems were poking out of the snow. When he started describing the rye grass all I could see was a field of lavender…clear as day…a warm summer’s day.
The interesting part of this…its the middle of winter…I’ve never had an unction to be a lavender farmer…I’ve never been a farmer…I didn’t even know if lavender would grow in southwest Michigan…but I saw lavender. When Deb and I discussed it she had the same thought…Lavender!? What would you do with lavender? Can you grow lavender here? After some research we discovered that it does indeed grow here thanks to a microclimate generated from the Great Lakes. The more we looked into it, the more the excitement grew. I had a feeling…no, that’s not the right word…a knowing. I knew this is what we were meant to do on this property. Why? That I don’t know yet. But both Deb and I had a quickening that a lavender farm was our mission.
That following spring I sat on a tractor for the first time in my life. My family and I figured out how to hook up 3-point hitch, how to disc a field, how to plow a row and with the help of family (sons, daughters, daughter-in-laws, grandkids, dogs, cats, etc…) we planted 2500 lavender plants to start phase 1 of Lavender Dream Farm.
We’re farmers now?
Some folks have reported their GPS takes them closer to Marcellus and not to the farm. Others report their GPS guides them right to the farm. We’re not sure how to fix that but we are between Chamberlain Rd. and Creglow Rd on M-216.