Back in 2016, the real estate market was hectic (when isn't it?) and my family and I had sold our house and were looking for somewhere to buy, but everything seemed to sell the instant it went up for sale. Then, we found a lavender farm for sale and before we knew it, I had convinced my parents to buy a lavender farm - having no idea it would one day become my business and what I dedicated countless hours to. I could not believe it and I will never forget the feeling and excitement of cutting my first fresh lavender bundle or making my first hand-screened sachet.
We first moved onto the farm at the end of August 2016. My brothers voted for us to "tear out the lavender and put in a dirt-bike track" but 12 year old me was convinced that we could not destroy something so beautiful. In June 2017, at only 13 years old, I started an Instagram page for the farm. At this point, I would sit out by the road and try and sell fresh bundles. Most days, I would make a single sale, and end up making $5 for the entire day. However, little entrepreneurial me was excited to be making any kind of money; regardless of the time I poured in to make so little. The following year, I continued selling at the road, but we also started doing private tours and photoshoots at the farm, but we were not really open to the public.
In 2019, we finally started to open to the public and have set hours; that summer is when I first realized that our farm could become a business, and my summer job! Now, you can find me answering phone calls, running our shop, hand-screening sachets, picking bundles, weeding (not often - that's a job for my brothers!), and of course producing content and posting on our Instagram!
I am proud of how far our farm has come; not only have we grown our business, but have expanded as a farm by planting hundreds more plants, and selling a range of products. I am so thankful to everyone who has supported my family's farm, and for the opportunity to meet so many phenomenal people from a variety of walks of life - I am truly honoured to be able to meet the people I do through the farm.
During the lavender's offseason, you will often find me buried in my homework as a dedicated student, or at the ice arena playing hockey. I play competitive ice hockey and have committed to a post-secondary school for next year; this year, I graduated high school, and look forward to continuing to study business next year so I can learn more about how to best run our farm.
Thank you and I hope to see you at our farm soon,