Our farm is closed for the season as the lavender is all harvested. Plan a visit to the Creston Valley next July for an opportunity to see the lavender in full bloom! Afterwards, visit one of the many wineries in town for a tasting: Skimmerhorn, Bailey-Grohman, Red Bird and Wynnwood. Visit Kootenay Meadows dairy to taste their fine cheeses, have a flight of coffee at local roaster Lark Coffee, and visit the beautiful flower farm and studio at Brittany's Flower Farm. Perhaps pick some cherries, blueberries or strawberries, and taste some fine liqueur at Wynndel Craft Distillery. It will be a wonderful day full of memories to cherish.
Each summer we offer harvest farm experiences where you can learn to harvest, participate in a tour and education about lavender, have opportunities for photos in the fieds and partake in some refreshments. We also offer workshops, free farm tours and shop visits. The season is dependent on the weather so please check in in the beginning of July to find out how the bloom is coming along!
If you are interested in a work exchange in summer 2021, we will be needing help harbvestingin exchange for accomodation in our lavender loft. Please email us for more information at sanctuarylavender-at-gmail.com
Our family consists of husband and wife team Alanna and Kevin and our son Shem. We met through our shared love of environmental stewardship and healthy living over 18 years ago working for Whole Foods Market. Most recently, we have spent almost ten years living a dream of owning and growing a beautiful and succesful retail flower store on the West Coast of BC in the community of Squamish. Living a life of hustle and bustle in the ever changing, exciting world of floral design, we grew our store into an important community oasis for inspiration, heartfelt connections and beauty. We were told every day that we had created a sanctuary for the town. We took this feedback to heart and recognized it as a gift we consistently offer. In 2018, we chose to follow a new dream of owning a farm in the Kootenay region. Yearning for a slower life, with greater emphasis on family, health, consious living and the land, we founded Sanctuary Lavender Farm. Our farm has over 700 lavender plants and is also growing a small plot of cut flowers. We chose the name Sanctuary because for us we always want our farm to be a sanctuary for our family and friends and for the community around us. We strive to be mindful, full of integrity, creative, and open hearted in all of our business practices. We are in the process of becoming a certified organic farm. Currently we do not use any pesticides, herbicides or chemicals anywhere on the farm and use packaging whenever possible that is recycled, recyclable and environmentally friendly.
Often called the "Swiss Army Knife" of healing herbs and aromatherapy, lavender is useful in the treatment of almost any ailment. The therapeutic properties of lavender are:
*calms the nervous system* relaxing and is useful for assisting sleep *helps reduce headaches *is a digestive aid *antiseptic and anti-fungal for minor cuts, burns and infection *is an insect repellant *excellent for all types of skin care *aids in reduction of PMS symptoms *helps heal scars, stretch marks and acne.