LET’S TALK ABOUT PLANTS

One if the most exciting aspects of our farm is, well, our plants!  That’s right, each plant on our lavender and herb farm has been carefully hand-selected and serves a very specific purpose for our farm, our business, and for our visitors.

If you think a lavender is just a lavender, then let us share with you that not all lavender plants are equal…or actually lavender at all!  Sounds crazy, right? 

How about an example to think about!  When you think about apples, what comes to mind?  Is that apple you are thinking of red or maybe it’s green?  Maybe it is a yellow apple or a red apple that has a lot of yellow to it.  Is the apple sweet or sour?  Is it a big apple by nature or a smaller one?  Organic or not organic?  There are so many different colors, flavors, sizes and ways the apple was grown or processed.  Each breed of apple was designed with a purpose and has it’s place.

Well, it is the same example with the wonderful world of lavenders and everything in their family.  We grow and process premier varieties and cultivars of lavender, lavandin and other herbs for organic culinary use and other premier varieties and cultivars for bath and body products.  The same is said for our organic essential oils and hydrosols that come from select varieties and cultivars based upon their properties and preferred uses. 

Want to know more about plants?  Feel free to visit with us on the farm.  We would love to walk around with you and talk your ears off. Can’t make it to the farm or are visiting in the off season?  Visit our downtown store or give us a call.

 

 

DISTILLATION AT ITS FINEST

One of the most important processing activities that our farm engages in is the artisan distillation of premium certified organic hydrosols and certified organic essential oils.  Our farm is unique among many lavender farms and lavender businesses across the country as we are the source of our Lavender, Lavandin, Helichrysum, and Rosemary.

There is no intermediary, there is no other source and that is the way we operate, as a model of vertical integration that is hands on every step of the way.  From our plants in the ground, to the harvesting of our plants, to the distillation of our plants, and to the bottling and processing of the hydrosols and oils of our plants…We are there.

Distillation is a fantastic blend of art and science, and distillation at its finest is what we do best. 

 

 

PASSION AND PURPOSE

Our farm got its start in 1995 when land was purchased for the sole purpose of creating a premier lavender agritourism destination.

The immediate plan and focus was two-fold. The first was to preserve historic dairy farmland located on a scenic drive just seconds from the waterfront of the Dungeness Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Rural sprawl and zoning irregularities favoring mass housing development was threatening Sequim’s agricultural legacy and lifestyle and farmland was disappearing in acres by the thousands.

The second part was to transform this farmland into a working commercial lavender farm where visitors could come from anywhere in the world to learn about this wonderful herb from production to processing and everything in between.

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Olympic Lavender Company has been a Certified Organic farm since 2001, certified each year by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) through its certifying agent the WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture).

We are Certified Organic in two specific areas for our farm and business and that is as a Certified Organic Crop Producer of our plants and herbs which are more than just lavender.  We are also Certified Organic Processors for those crops as well as for select products such as our essential oils and culinary herbs, for example.

ESSENTIAL OIL AND HYDROSOL DISTILLERS

One of the most exciting things about our farm is the focus on the distillation of essential oils and hydrosols, and understanding what each one does and how they can be used.  With an educational and professional background in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Education, our farm is passionate about our work in this field and producing a premium product through a balance of art and science.

We distill our plant materials on both 316 stainless steel distillation equipment and hand-forged copper distillation equipment.  Each plant material and desired outcome of distillation by our farm is dependent on the need and use for that specific material.

SEQUM, WASHINGTON USA

We are located in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley on the majestic North Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington. Just minutes from the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Olympic National Park and mountains and just seconds from the waterfront of the Dungeness Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we call this great part of our country home.