Monday, June 15, 2009

~ Bluebird Hill Farm / Lavender Harvest ~


~ Bluebird Hill Farm ~
~ Clipping the Lavender ~


~ Lavender bushes after they've been clipped ~

~ Bundling the Lavender ~

~ The Barn were the lavender is hung to dry ~


~ Raised Bed with Herbs ~


~ Tepee Garden ~


~ This raised bed had lambs quarter growing in it ~


~ More Herbs ~

Awhile back I was on the Local Harvest website ~ http://www.localharvest.org/ ~ , looking for local farms in our area , I found an herbal farm that's about 15 miles from me , called " Bluebird Hill Farm ". The farm was having a lavender harvest this past weekend ~ http://www.localharvest.org/event.jsp?id=24074 ~ , so yesterday I packed my bag with clippers , gloves , water and headed out to the farm to learn about lavender. It was a wonderful experience , the farm was beautiful and the owner was friendly.
I arrived at the field before they were ready to start , so I sat by the pond enjoying nature and having some Prayer time. Norma , the owner came out to greet me , then a guy name Kevin showed me how to use their electric clippers and how to bundle the lavender so it could be hung in the barn. I helped clip and bundle lavender for about 3 hours. But before I headed home I went to check-out the gardens and herbs. I was so impressed , I've never seen so many herbs in a garden , there were common herbs , wild herbs , garden veggies , fruit trees , grape vines. As I was looking around the garden , Norma came out with a small jar , she was chasing bugs , said she needed to catch them before they mated (LOL) , ahh ...... the life of an organic farmer. I asked about a herb that was growing near by , she gave me a piece of it and told me to take it home and put it in vinegar , it's called Perilla and makes a great flavored vinegar , she said. She also sent me home with spearmint to plant in my herb garden.

So I came home with a bundle of lavender for helping with the harvest , Perilla to make a herbal vinegar , spearmint for my garden and a small jar of lavender honey I purchased. She sells her herbal products on the local harvest site , you can check-out her store here ~ http://www.localharvest.org/store/M17728 ~. I had a great time and will go back next year for the harvest , or maybe before then.


~ Lavender Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

5 comments:

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Oh, Thanks for the link!

I've been trying to find
farms around here and that
link is better than what I
had found online.

What a fun beautiful day
you had!

What a beautiful farm!

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

WOW! That's incedible! Lucky you!
I bet that place smell heavenly!

JoyceAnn said...

Flassie ,
It's a great website , I found my chickens through local harvest too. Hope you find what you're looking for.

Hi Carol ,
It did smell heavenly , can't believe I forgot to mention the smell in my post.

~ Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Please take me with you :-) I love this place. I can imagine myself sitting right in the middle of those lavender fields. Did I say I wish I could be there...

JoyceAnn said...

Vickie ,
Wish you had been there too , it was lovely.

~ Blessings ~
JoyceAnn