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Lavender Farming


How it all began.


IN THE 1980'S AND EARLY 1990'S, THE SECRET OF SEQUIM'S CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS, GREAT WEATHER, AND SMALL TOWN CHARM GOT OUT.  AN ARTICLE IN FORBES MAGAZINE AND NATIONAL PAPERS TOLD THE WORLD THAT SEQUIM, WASHINGTON WAS ONE OF THE TOP DESTINATIONS TO RETIRE AND LIVE THE GOOD LIFE, UNSPOILED BY THE URBAN SPRAWL OF CITIES, DEVELOPMENT AND PEOPLE.  RETIREES AND THOSE SEEKING ADVENTURE COULD WALK THE BEACHES FOR MILES, FISH FOR DUNGENESS CRAB AND SALMON, HIKE THE NATIONAL FOREST, AND VISIT SEATTLE OR VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA IN A MATTER OF JUST A FEW HOURS.  

BY 1995, THE SEQUIM-DUNGNESS VALLEY WAS TRANSFORMING FROM WHAT HAD BEEN OVER A HUNDRED YEARS AS AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY WITH CROPS AND DAIRY TO THAT OF HOUSING AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, NOT JUST IN THE CITY LIMITS BUT ALSO OUT IN THE COUNTY.  FARMLAND AND OPEN SPACE IN OUR COMMUNITY WAS DISAPPEARING IN ACRES BY THE THOUSANDS DUE TO MASS SUBDIVISION, DEVELOPMENT, AND MISMANAGEMENT OF ZONING AND CODES.  

AT ONE TIME THERE WERE OVER 900 DAIRIES IN THE SEQUIM-DUNGNESS VALLEY AND OUR AGRICULTURAL HISTORY AND BASE WAS QUICKLY FACING EXTINCTION.  WILLING TO PAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR JUST A COUPLE OF ACRES, MANY FARMERS SAW THAT THE FUTURE OF THEIR FAMILY FARMS AND BUSINESSES THEY WANTED TO PASS ON TO THEIR CHILDREN WAS A DREAM THAT WOULD IN MOST CASES NEVER BE FULFILLED.  



Looking to the Future through the Past.


  

WE MOVED TO SEQUM, WASHINGTON TO START A FAMILY FARM AND GET BACK TO AMERICA'S ROOTS IN AGRICULTURE.  WE FELL IN LOVE WITH LAVENDER AND BEGAN A LAVENDER PLANT BUSINESS.   WE CHOSE TO FARM IN THIS PERIOD OF OUR LIVES BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM OF HARD WORK AND SHARING IN A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT IS A PART O A COMMUNITY CAN STILL BE ACHIEVED IN MANY SMALL TOWNS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.   WE CAN TEACH OUR TWO CHILDREN AND THOSE WHO VISIT THE SEQUIM LAVENDER FARMS THAT WE SHOULD NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF SEQUIM'S AGRICULTURAL HISTORY, AND THAT THERE IS A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE LAND AND TO FUTURE GENERATIONS TO NOT LET THIS CULTURE WASH AWAY.  WE SHARE OUR STORY WITH THE VISITORS TO OUR FARM AND GIFT SHOP AND WE HOPE IT WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GROW LAVENDER, OR OTHER CROPS NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF LAND THEY HAVE.

-The Hermosillo Family