July 26, 2010

Today Gwen will be heading out to Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey Island to record an interview with Sarah Richards – owner and farmer at Lavender Wind.

Continuing our Whidbey Chat Farm Tour for Your Ears – Sarah will give KWPA listener’s the low down on growing lavender and being part of the Whidbey Island farming community.

Lavender Wind Farm, with a view of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, is on the wild west side of beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington. The farm is within the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, and maintains the farming culture of this special area. We have perfect growing conditions for lavender, only about 18 inches of rain a year due to the Olympic Rain Shadow, lots of wind, and plenty of sun. Come visit us during blooming season. The land it sits on has been farmed for over 100 years. Sarah Richards, the current owner, bought the original 5 acres from the Darst family who had raised potatoes on the land for years. The soil is a rich sandy loam. Later she bought an addtional 3.75 acres and has been planting more lavender.

This interview will air on KWPA later this week.  Schedules to follow.  The interview will also be linked to the KWPA site – as a podcast – asap.  Check back if it is not there right now.