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Lavender Wind Festival – 2015

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Mar 192015
 

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Join us for our annual celebration of lavender and art at Lavender Wind Farm, located on Whidbey Island.  Stroll the gorgeous grounds and lavender labyrinth, browse the various booths showcasing local artisans, wander through the fragrant fields of lavender, and sit in the wine garden and enjoy live music.  Wine Garden benefits the Pacific NW Art School.  There will be activities for children and demonstrations of lavender distilling and crafting.  Free admission and on-site parking.  Two fun-filled days for the whole family!

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Artist Booths: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Children’s Activity: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Lavender Demonstrations: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wine/Beer Tent: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Music: 12:00pm to 5:00 pm

This page will be updated anytime we have new information, so keep checking back.

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Sunsets at the Farm

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Feb 272015
 

The wind blows down the Strait of Juan de Fuca and hits Whidbey Island right where our farm lies. Aside from the lovely image of a gentle lavender breeze, we named it Lavender Wind due to the sometimes ferocious winds that come barreling onto the property.Strait to Whidbey

The good news is that the view to the west, up the Strait of Juan de Fuca and overlooking the Olympic Mountains allows for stunning nature’s art in the form of sunsets.

Here are some sunset pictures for you to enjoy

Even when the lavender isn’t blooming there is plenty of amazing color at the farm.

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New Patio Tea Room

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Jan 142015
 

New Patio RoomWhat used to be a sun room with a leaky greenhouse structure has been transformed into a beautiful little room with sunshine and four tables. The french doors open to the brick patio in the back.

In the colder months it is an intimate space with bright light, warm feelings, and great coffee, tea, and baked yummies. In the warmer months it is all that plus tables outside in the lovely bricked in patio.

People can reserve all or part of the space for a special event, like these pirates.

Staff After Festival Party

Staff After Festival Party

The space is easily accessible, you just go around the back and enter into a beautiful peaceful space.

The menu includes:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Lavender Lemonade
  • Lavender Hot Chocolate
  • Scones
  • Cookies
  • French Macarons
  • Bread & Cheese
  • Great Service
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Meditating with Lavender Wind’s Labyrinth

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Jan 062015
 

Labyrinth lavender in bloom 2006

The labyrinth is a symbol found in ancient cultures around the world, dating back at least 4000 years. A classic labyrinth composed of seven circles appeared on every continent. During the Middle Ages, an eleven-circuit labyrinth pattern emerged and was designed into the floor stones of many cathedrals in Europe. This pattern was in place in Chartres Cathedral no later than 1220.

Man in the Maze

Man in the Maze

There are many traditional designs for the labyrinth. The one  at Lavender Wind Farm  is from one of several Hopi designs from the American Southwest called The Man in the Maze. This design symbolizes the female womb, only penetrable if one is pure and perfect. The male figure outside, representing the human seed, can penetrate the womb, fertilize the ovum, produce new life, which then emerges as a new birth or a reincarnated existence. Entry into the labyrinth gives new life thus achieving reincarnation and eternal life.  Here, the lavender serves as the marker of the pathway, and gives the journey a sweet, fresh air.

Psychologist Carl Jung called the labyrinth an “archetype of transformation.”  Walkers along its sinuous path find they are often deeply affected. People in transition periods find a calmer perspective. Those with untapped gifts to offer have their creative fires rekindled. Walkers dealing with grief experience the depth of the loss and peace. For millennia, the circling path that evolved from the simple spiral brought centeredness and healing to untold numbers of walkers. After lying dormant for several centuries, this ancient design is making a comeback, as a variety of institutions and individuals re-create it on floors, lawns, and canvas.

Sometimes the words “labyrinth” and “maze” are confused. While both refer to circling patterns, the two are actually totally different. A maze is a puzzle and thus designed to confuse; walkers must use their reasoning and cunning to escape. A labyrinth is a single path which leads the walker to the center and back out. The point is not to use reasoning powers, but rather to turn these off and to go into a “right brain” or imaginative mode. In an open, receptive frame of mind, the walker simply follows the path and experiences a deep, refreshing form of meditation. The average meditative walk takes about half an hour, though walkers move at their own individual pace.

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People walk from the outer edge (the periphery) to  the center, and then back to the outer edge. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has  no blind alleys or dead ends. It will not frustrate, because it is not a puzzle to be solved. You cannot get “lost” or make a mistake because there are no choices to be made once you have made the decision to start walking.  The decision is a metaphor for the choice of whether or not to walk a spiritual path. By following the path you always end up either in the center of the labyrinth or back at the entrance – it is the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

Adults pass through the labyrinth with their spiritual walk in mind.  Children run through it expressing their mastery over the gift of their body and mind. 

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Either way is a sacred path.

Whidbey Island has more than one labyrinth that people can walk. Carol Pucci wrote an article about them.

You may download our Labyrinth Handout.

Our Gallery of image of our Labyrinth over the years:

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Debra Prinzing interviews two lavender growers

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Dec 042014
 
Screen shot from Debra Prinzing's page with our interview

Screen shot from Debra Prinzing’s page with our interview

Lavender interview by Debra Prinzing (Author of Slow Flowers: The conscious choice for buying and sending flowers)

Mike Neustrom and Sarah Richards were interviewed by Debra at the Northwest Regional Lavender Conference in Portland, OR Oct. 2014.

We are so thrilled to be able to talk with this influential cut flower industry author. From her site we found that Debra Prinzing is a Seattle and Los Angeles-based writer who can credit her happy existence writing about gardens and home design to great preparation: a degree in textiles and design and a long career in journalism.

All we know is that Debra is passionate about flowers, growing & buying them locally, her books are both beautiful and entertaining. It was an honor to be included in her podcast series.

Listen to the Podcast

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Planting lavender all year?

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Nov 202014
 
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Probably the last thing you are thinking as you get ready for Thanksgiving is “Can I plant lavender in my garden now?” But, that is exactly the question a woman asked me two days ago when she stopped by the shop. It’s been freezing cold for more than a week here, which is rare for this time of year out here on Whidbey Island. In spite of that I told her that when it warms up (surely in a couple of days) she can plant her lavender. At least out here.

Potted Plants with Gazebo

If you live in other, colder, parts of this huge country, then my answer is different. Plants fresh in the ground need to be comfy in their root/dirt relationship before they can endure too much freezing (and windy) weather. Here, in the Salish Sea area, our winters are quite temperate, snow and freezing weather are relatively rare, so, as long as the Lots of baby lavendersground isn’t frozen, we can plant most of the year. Not so for the colder parts of this country (such as in the Buffalo area, which, as I write this, is suffering the worst snow in decades). Folks living in snowy and frozen areas have to wait until winter breaks, the ground is unfrozen, and you are able to work the soil again before you can plant lavender. When exactly is that? That depends on the exact nature of your own micro-climate where you live, so you’ll need to ask someone at your local Master Gardener’s service or that neighbor who’s garden always is looking good.

If you find yourself wanting to burn up some of the calories from your dinner, and your weather is warm, then you just might be able to plant some lavender. If you live in our area, you can get some at our shop – we have several varieties, even at this time of year. If you live other places, check the member map at uslavender.org to find a lavender grower near you.
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Personal Shopper – Any Season

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Nov 092014
 

We love lists!

Scent Yourself Gift Basket

Several types of ready to go gift baskets

Let us help you pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  We can help tailor a gift bag or gift basket for every recipient, or simply box up a great selection of items your family and friends will love.  Please call in advance to make an appointment for this free service  Available between 10am-5pm.  Call 360-544-4312.
Stuffed Animals

Lots of stuffed animals

Pack & Ship

We can do that too.  Once you’ve picked out your goodies, we’ll package them into gift bags or baskets.  Bring your addresses and we will ship them for you and include a free gift card too! (Shipping charges do apply).

Webstore

Wood Salt Pepper Gift

All kinds of food items – baking mixes, salt & pepper sets, herbs, teas, jams….

Or shop from home in your pajamas by visiting our webstore.  Select from one of our gift baskets, gift bags, or wood gift sets.  Or select your own products and add one of our custom gift basket kits (S, M, L, & XL depending on the number of products).  We’ll put together a custom gift basket and ship for you or you can select “Pick up from store” and we’ll have it waiting for you.  You’ll need a separate order for each shipping address.

Many personal care items: lotions, soaps, massage oil, hand towels, kitchen towels. We can't name them all!

Many personal care items: lotions, soaps, massage oil, hand towels, kitchen towels. We can’t name them all!

We’ll include a free gift card – just enter the text in the notes section that you would like included on the card to customize your message for each order.

Relax! We will help take care of your gifting needs.

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The story of Lavendula’s Arrival

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Oct 202014
 

In October, 2014, Lavendula arrived in Coupeville, much to her surprise. This is her story as it unfolds over the month.

Day 1

Day 2 Porch

Day 3 Cars

Day 4 Gallery

Day 5 Wharf

Day 6 Museum

Day 7 pictureinmuseum

Day 8 Eagles

Day 9 Lavender Wind

Day 10 Inside

Day 11 Swing

Day 12 Aunts Arrive

Day 13 Sitting with Aunties

[Stay tuned for the next installment.]

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The Granery and Unexpected Help

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Aug 212014
 
Gathering Lavender at Granery

Gathering Lavender at Granery

There is an amazing resource in Coupeville, and no, I’m not talking lavender.

GraneryLate one afternoon I drove up to the Bishop’s Granery,where they have been letting me hang lavender to dry because we have a bumper crop and needed more drying space. I needed to clear out some dry lavender to make room for more fresh lavender we are harvesting.

The Granery has been on the prairie since at least 1893 as you can see in this image from the inside wall where they were logging bags of grain. Granery Graffitti

As I drove up to the gated dirt road, in my white Chevy Colorado pickup, a car was blocking the entrance to the driveway. A couple of people with cameras were wandering down the road. “Hey!”, I called out, a bit annoyed “I need to get in here.” The woman, with good will, immediately ran to her car and moved it so I could drive in. At the granery they approached me and asked if they could take pictures. With a grin, in spite of still being rather peevish, I said, “Sure! But you have to earn the right by helping me take down some of this lavender.” These two students of light, Arthur Myerson and Keron Psillas who are instructors at Pacific Northwest Art School, gasped with delight as their eyes adjusted to the darkness inside and they saw the racks of lavender hanging. The three of us cheerfully set to work taking the lavender out and throwing it into the back of the pickup. As farm workers they lacked efficiency because they kept stopping and taking pictures. I really can’t fault them, though, look at the result – Arthur sent me the top picture, it makes the lavender come alive. I ended up with a full load of lavender, and they ended up with a bunch of pictures and a story to tell their students.

Owl In Granery

Meet one of the current residents of the Granery.

The amazing resource is two-fold. It’s the Pacific Northwest Art School that brings talented, creative people to our community, and it’s Ebey’s Landing Historical Reserve that has preserved the prairie and beyond for generations to come.

PS. The Granery was part of a larger homestead, which is now gone. This is the setting where the granery is located just back of the tower sort of building.Historical Buildings

The historical pictures of the Granery and the owl are from Karen Bishop used with permission.
Arthur Meyerson’s picture of Sarah gathering lavender in the granery is used with permission.

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Film Student at the Farm

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Jul 242014
 

The tragic fires in eastern Washington right now have had an unexpected result for me at the farm. There is a film camp that normally takes place in Twisp each year called Wild Mind Film Camp. The dates for the camp this year are July 16-27. However, they had to evacuate due to the fire in the Methow Valley, and luckily they found accommodations on Whidbey Island. 

Monday I was distilling at the farm and a woman introduces herself as Lulu Gargiulo, a film student, and tells the story of the camp’s relocating. Then she asks if she can film the farm and interview me. Ok, I’m a bit of a ham, so it was easy to say: “Sure!” Turns out this “student” is a film making professional and has done lots of projects from commercials to features. Lulu and Gear in PatioWhat she hasn’t done is direct films, because she has mostly been behind the camera as director of photography and camera operator. Just to add drama to the context of her request of me I want to remind you that we are getting ready for our annual festival and at the same time we are having the biggest harvest we have ever had. Everyone on the staff is working incredibly hard and for longer than normal hours. But, I am a fool for fun projects, and Lulu’s film camp sounded fun.


The next day she comes to the Coupeville shop and prepares to interview me on camera. A fellow student serves as her assistant and they stage the patio, set up their equipment and invite me in. She started asking me questions, and they were good ones. They made me think. They asked me to reflect on the farm, my trajectory as a lavender farmer, my part in the community, and some rather deep thoughts about lavender, farming lavender, and what it all means. 

Lulu in Kitchen with CookieIt was a blast! I’d include the video, but she is off in the editing barn, on Whidbey Island, trying to put bits and pieces together to make it into a cohesive whole. It is, after all, a student project, even if that student is a gifted professional so she needs to burn the midnight oil to complete the work. I sure hope I get to see it when it’s done. Meanwhile, we are working on getting her addicted to our lemon lavender shortbread.

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