THE STORY BEHIND OHLF

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 The Okanogan Highlands Lavender Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to the ideals of community skill-sharing and sustainable living. OHLF is a natural outgrowth of the Okanogan Highlands community in which the lavender farm first came to exist. Through education and outreach, OHLF strives to deepen its investments in the vibrant community from which the lavender farm has emerged, and without which, the farm would not exist. OHLF aims to empower individuals to realize their full purpose as members of the community, through workshops, public forums and arts events specifically designed to unite people in these shared values. 

THE FARM IS LOCATED IN THE HIGH DESERT OF OKANOGAN

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  The Okanogan Highlands Lavender Farm is set in the high desert of Okanogan County in Washington State. The land is located in the middle of the rolling hills, surrounded with mountain views and purple hues of the lavender farm in summer time. The surroundings echo the presence of wild and domesticated animals, wildflowers and sage brush. With an estimated 4,000 plants, the lavender rows stretches around the solar-passive home, The Sage - home to many guests that visit to breathe the clear air and enjoy breathtaking views of the North Cascades.The remoteness of Okanogan Highlands Lavender Farm is the key to its beauty, and a particularly exquisite experience in the high desert of Okanogan.

WE DO GOOD DEEDS...

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  The ultimate goal of Okanogan Highlands Lavender Farm is to highlight sustainability as a farm in the shrub steep region of North Central Washington State. We consider the natural environment in all that we do at OHLF. We grow lavender organically and naturally, and though we do not currently have USDA certification, we are confident in our knowledge that we are doing our best to maintain the delicate symbiotic balance of the soil. Through the use of wind and solar energy, we’ve drastically reduced our use of fossil fuels. We trade fairly in the local market, offering a variety of lavender products both online and at local Farmers Markets, but the true value of the Lavender Farm is in its capacity to support environmental education and foster contemplation of this beautiful ecosystem in which we live. We aim to make OHLF a beacon of possibility for people looking for a more sustainable, more deeply connected existence.”  

we care about

WATER

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  Water is a colorless, transparent, odorless, liquid which forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. Water on the earth has been always the the same, we probably had been drinking the same water as did animals from mesozoic era.  Water constantly moves through a natural cycle of evaporation, condensation and precipitation, which cleans water and allows it to move around the earth.    Through the process of transpiration, plants also release water into the atmosphere. Heat from the sun provides the energy for water to change from a liquid, like we drink, into a vapor. There is almost always water vapor in the air around us, but we can’t see it. On a hot, sunny day water will evaporate faster than on a cold, cloudy day. This water vapor travels throughout the atmosphere and eventually cools and condenses into tiny droplets. These droplets are small enough to float in the air and eventually collect together to make a cloud. Clouds can be blown by the wind to move water to different parts of the earth. As more and more water droplets form, they will join together to form bigger water drops in the clouds. These drops become too heavy to stay in the air and will fall to earth as rain. If it is very cold, the water might freeze and fall as hail or snow. Precipitation is the primary mechanism for transporting water from the atmosphere to the surface of the earth. Some precipitation will soak into the ground or be taken up by plants but the rest will runoff into streams, rivers, lakes and make its way to the ocean....And the cycle starts again...     

SOLAR ENERGY

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1. More than 10,000 homes in the United States are powered entirely by solar energy. 

2. Enough sunlight falls on the earth's surface every hour to meet world energy demand for an entire year.

3. Silicon from just one ton of sand, used in photovoltaic cells, could produce as much electricity as burning 500,000 tons of coal.

4. In the 1830s, the British astronomer John Herschel used a solar collector box to cook food during an expedition to Africa.

5. Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his experiments with solar power and photovoltaics.

6. The largestConcentrated solar power (CSP) solar power plant is in the world located in the Mojave Desert of California.

7. The largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in the world is located in Golmud Solar Park in China.

WIND ENERGY

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1. In 200 B.C., people in China and the Middle East used windmills to pump water and grind grain.

2. The first modern wind turbine was built in Vermont in the early 1940s.

3. Wind farms currently produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 600,000 families in the United States.

4. The largest wind turbine in the world, located in Hawaii, stands 20 stories tall and has blades the length of a football field.

5. An average wind speed of 14 miles per hour is needed to convert wind energy into electricity.

6. One wind turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 300 homes.

NATURE

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1. A clean environment is essential for healthy living

2. Global warming is causing climate patterns to change.

3. Climate change is real and we (us humans) are largely responsible because our activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

4. If you know the dangers that future generations will face due to the problems we have now, why wouldn’t you make sacrifices and do something to prevent them from happening?

5. Biodiversity is important. 

6. Nature gives us so many things for free – clean air, clean water, beautiful landscapes, breathtaking views, and the list goes on… We take so much from nature, but what do we give in return? The least we can do is show our appreciation by protecting and preserving our environment.

7. Earth is our home! It’s where we live, so we better take care of it!

WILD LIFE

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Being kind to all animals can be a challenge. It means not killing bugs you find in the house and using humane traps to catch mice or rodents. Doing these things might be less convenient for us but it sends a message out that’s important to respect all living creatures.

We need to kindly remind ourselves that we are only guests in this land which we call home, next to the native plants and animals and to accept this fact we utmost have to show all respect to it. 

OHLF shares property with wildlife as rattle snakes, cougars, bears, wolfs, coyote, frogs, birds, butterflies, mice, rodents, deers etc.. Out of respect for symbiotically living a life with wildlife we have to pay attention to our surroundings.