Certified Wildlife Habitat
Discover the Difference Nature Makes
After becoming an informed consumer and reading all of the information on the hazards of the chemicals that humans have been using for the past 50 years, we decided to try going back to basics. First, we started to eat more responsibly; we read and learned about factory farming, it’s harm to the animals, environment, and the people who consume the meat from them. We read about the health of our oceans, lakes, and rivers, and the dire state that they’re in. We learned about GMO’s, pesticides, herbicides and their impact on human health, the environment, and the animals. As a result, we stopped or drastically curtailed our use of household chemicals, the use of pesticides, herbicides, and consumption of processed and conventionally grown foods. It took a while to adjust to this new lifestyle, and we’re still learning and adapting. We aren’t nuts, every now and then you need to eat at a fast food restaurant, we’ve narrowed those visits down to once or twice per year, and we now do a bit of pre-planning when we dine out. And sometimes, you just might have a hankering for something out of a box, and that’s OK too.
We’ve learned that in many cases, nature provides us with simple natural solutions that work just as well or better than conventional products and tend to be better for everyone and everything on the planet.
All of the products made at BCLF are tested on each other and used right here on the farm. Many of our products contain essential oils, which are natural but, still deserving of a bit of caution. We always recommend testing any product on a small area of skin first. Check with your doctor before using any product containing essential oils, especially if pregnant, nursing, or under a physician’s care. Keep all essential oil products away from children.
Use caution when using any new product as an allergic reaction may occur.
Live and Thrive
In 2016, we decided to go ahead with the dream of creating Big Creek Lavender Farm “BCLF” and took our responsibility seriously. We had the property designated as a “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation, where we committed to providing food, shelter, water and organic practices for wildlife.
As avid gardeners, we hadn’t used any conventional pesticides on our food or flowers for years, instead had opted for natural and/or organic options of combating pests, critters, and weeds. After reading dozens of articles about beneficial insects, the plight of the honey bees and loss of habitat that critters are experiencing; we decided to commit to all forms of wildlife. We began planting more native flower species and creating brush piles for birds, rabbits, and others to hide in. With two running creeks on the property, water wasn’t an issue that needed to be addressed. We started feeding the bird’s black oil sunflower seed, Niger seed and began making our own suet. We were rewarded with critter sightings on a continual basis and delight in the behavior witnessed. This spring two does had their fawns on our property and we were rewarded with the ability and privilege of watching these little families interact and grow.
Having a number trees on the property is a definite benefit, including Sourwood, which the bees love. Last fall, we planted over 1,000 Milkweed seeds and are anxious to see if any germinate and grow. Milkweed is the favored host plant of the Monarch butterfly which is in a steep decline due to the glyphosate use in this country.
We don’t have a lot of property but are blessed and willing to share it with our four-legged, flying and even slithering friends.
Here is a proverb quoted from the Cree Indians that touches our hearts: When all the trees have been cut down when all the animals have been hunted when all the waters are polluted when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
At Big Creek Lavender Farm we believe that our world is in trouble. With the onset of the industrial age, human advancement while mind boggling and wonderful is scarily out of control. Our land, oceans, lakes, rivers and streams are being polluted by a bunch of chemicals and substances created by us. Many of our water supplies aren’t fit for our consumption. Additionally, there is no denying that our climate is changing, and we humans have managed to speed up the process by a few thousand years.
We decided to offer to the public earth friendly products that we’ve been making for years, and enjoying the benefits from.
All of our products are natural and biodegradable. We only use natural preservatives like vitamin E and beeswax, never any manmade chemicals. We don’t use any dyes in any of our products. In our soaps, we use natural micas and oxides to give them their fabulous color. We don’t use any perfumes in any of our products, instead, we use essential oils, hydrosols, or botanicals to fragrance our items. We don’t distill the lavender we grow to create oil, instead, we purchase Grosso Lavender essential oil from France, which is considered to be one of the best in the world. Our Grosso Lavender essential oil is USDA Certified Organic and approved by Oregon Tilth. Oregon Tilth helped form the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), evaluating materials for use in organic farms and processors nationally. Today, Oregon Tilth is the third largest USDA-accredited organic certifier.
We never use conventional pesticides on any of our lavender plants, in our gardens, or on any of our berries.
Our lavender flowers are harvested at their peak, and before the morning dew has dried on the blooms. We always leave some flower stems for the bees and other pollinators so that they may collect the nectar.
We are trying to be good stewards of the environment, and are learning new ways almost daily.