Win Exceptional Lavender and Botanicals Grown in Canada
“Growers, producers and distillers of fine quality botanical products”
~ Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
Win a DIY Botanical Body Care Kit
The Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is giving away two (2) DIY Botanical Body Care Kits to one lucky winner in Canada.
Each kit includes farm-grown and distilled lavender essential oils, hydrosols, dried herbs, and containers. The box set contains all you need to create two facial toners and two bath salt blends.
Because aromatherapy is way more fun with a friend, the winner will receive two complete kits. Date night, a girl’s gathering or any excuse to blend fragrant botanicals into botanical facial toners and bath salts in the comfort of your home.
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The Fine Print
This promotion is ONLY open to entrants in Canada.
The contest runs from November 15-20, 2021, @ 18:00 (Mountain Time). We publish the results after contacting the winner.
One (1) winner will be chosen from eligible names via a random draw on November 21, 2021.
Please continue reading about this fantastic sustainable farming operation in the Okanagan Valley.
Good for the Soul
As one might, these days, a pretty picture on Instagram led me down the garden path to a farm in Canada’s Okanagan Valley. What caught my eye is that they grow lavender, herbes de Provence (rosemary, thyme, and oregano) and lemon verbena in British Columbia.
Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is a family-run operation requiring an entire team for planting, harvesting, drying, distilling, and bottling. All that before packaging, selling, marketing and occasionally sleeping. From plant to the final product – the farm operations reflect the McFadden family’s dedication to environmental stewardship, supporting local business and quality production.
Farming in the Family
Located in southeast Kelowna, in British Columbia’s interior, the most recent chapter of a long farming history is the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm. Andrea McFadden and her extended family specialize in growing climate suitable lavender and other herbs, roses, and red cedar on property originally part of her grandfather’s nursery lands.
McFadden’s grandfather and great uncle established the nursery lands in 1911. Her father followed by cultivating six acres of vinifera grapes and an apple orchard. In 1994 they removed ¼ acre of apple trees and planted five (5) different lavender cultivars. A small onsite gift shop opened on the property in 1999. Since then, it has grown from a seasonal hobby farm to a year-round operation. At Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, three generations cultivate, distill, and transform plants into toxin-free and award-winning products.
This video provides an overview of the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm and its values.
Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm are proud artisan growers with solid ecological values. Operating within Mother Nature’s whims, they cultivate plants on the eight-acre property in a sustainable fashion, without sprays. The team hand-picks the herbs and botanicals at their peak before drying or distilling. With over 20 aromatic plants, it’s quite some operation from seedlings to award-winning botanical products. The family reflects their passion for the earth in their handmade, small-batch products.
“I always think that farms were some of the original up-cyclers and recyclers long before it was trendy or necessary as we have all learned! Growing up on a farm, you learned that you had to make do with what you had on hand to repair and maintain equipment, buildings, and fences. I was also raised by parents who grew up during the depression, so as a family, we never lost sight of the importance of living in a sustainable manner.” ~ Andrea McFadden
Picking to Products
In Provence, lavender distilling is usually in large quantities (read more here). At the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, herbs are hand-harvested and immediately dried or distilled onsite. Small batch steam distillation takes place right after picking, ensuring the production of the highest quality essential oils and hydrosols. The onsite herb drying room was custom built to dry the herbs without heat to maximize flavour and aroma. Products for face care, body and bath and aromatherapy are prepared by hand in small batches.
The initial products were from dried lavender, including sachets, bath salts, lavender jelly, and a house blend of Herbes de Provence. In 2003, they began a scientific collection of lavender from the UK for essential oil. Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm products have consistently won awards since 2014.
Now there are 57 products packaged in containers meant for reuse, recycling or composting. Since 2019, this Okanagan farm has acknowledged the need for reforestation, donating $1 from every online order to Tree Canada’s National Greening Program. Wanting to avoid single-use plastics, they were the first company in North America to use 100% biodegradable, non-plastic wood-chip containers.
“Our process is a simple one – from garden to jar.”
Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm products range from skincare to herbal tea to pure essential oils. Their online store has Canada-wide flat rate shipping for $11.95 with free shipping on orders over $75. They also provide contact-free curbside pick-up for locals.
Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm (website)