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LH 99: Making the Leap to Lavender Farming

Think you want to be a farmer?

Many of us dream of what it would be like to live as an organic farmer.

But what does that REALLY mean?

And…would you ever be brave enough to actually make the leap?

This week’s episode is about making that leap…even before you are fully ready…because just like being a parent, you can’t ever fully prepare for this shift.

Sometimes, you just have to jump in fully.

I interview new lavender farmer Amy Boyd of Hillside Lavender about how she and her husband made the transition from city dwellers to full on lavender farmers.

Even if you don’t want to be a farmer, this episode will give you insight into some of the challenges and rewards of reaching for your goals.

You’ll learn:

  • How they researched and planned for the transition
  • And why they just had to “do it”
  • About the sanctuary they are looking to create for others (and themselves)
  • The driving force that keeps them moving forward when things go wrong
  • The adorable goats they are raising for cheese, soap and milk
  • Which lavenders they planted and why
  • How to handle setbacks and roadblocks
  • The most valuable lessons learned so far

Amy Boyd

Amy grew up as a Navy brat and moved a lot as a child. She comes from a tight-knit family and her grandparents instilled the gardening bug in her from the beginning.

Later as an adult, she and her husband were looking to shift gears in their lives. They wanted a piece of land where they could de-stress and unwind. And they realized that they wanted the same for others as well.

Creating a lavender farm became a dream and a goal.

After many years of researching, learning and dreaming….they found the perfect place. And then they leaped.

You can learn all about what happened next in today’s audio file or transcript below.

 

 

Resources & Links:

Hillside Lavender

Podcast #61 – Growing & Preserving With Lavender

 

Want Amy’s List of Lessons Learned?

Read more about what Amy has learned so far in her 14 Things The Books Didn’t Tell You About FarmingJust click the box below to download her free PDF.

Transcript:

Click here for the full transcript for Episode #99

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

3 Comments:

  • janet says:

    enjoy your emals

  • Kerri says:

    It looks like Hillside Lavender is closed? Do you know if that is permanent and why? How sad, I was planning to go there next week. 🙁

    • theresa says:

      HI Kerri – I just checked their site and I see the closed sign. But I don’t think they are out of business. I think they are closed for family time. They recently posted videos of the lavender fields on Facebook. I will see if I can find out anything.

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