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Sustainable lavender & other projects

In the mountains on 1200 meters

At an altitude of 1200 meters in the Alpujarras Sierra Nevada in Andalusia Spain I decided to start a sustainable lavender farm. I’ll tell you why.

In the summer of 2019 in Europe heat records where tumbling over each other. That was for me the moment to start my  lavenderfarm. Because nature is becoming more and more vulnerable.

Mountain village in the Alpujarras in Andalusia

Why a sustainable lavender farm?

The land in the mountains is hardly maintained any more. Or there will be water-guzzling tomato farms because people have to earn money. Climate change comes on top of that.

I realised we have to act to restore landscapes and make them more resilient. In the study Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration from the organization Commonland I learned how important it is to return degraded land into nature.

Landscape restoration with lavender

I’ll write about starting my lavender farm and other small sustainable steps.

An even more beautiful but also more resilient landscape is what I have in mind. I hope to inspire more people to do the same. This blog is about lavender, self made nature products and about small sustainable steps.

2022: lavender & sheep wool

The sheep here in the mountains are more needed than ever to prevent fires. Their wool is thrown away, while it is wonderfully soft and warm. This year, I am doing a test with sheep’s wool from Spain that I have had dyed naturally with, among other things, the flowers of the Sophora japonica tree and indigo. The aim is to use the wool from local sheep in my own area.

copyright foto: Maria Heijdendael

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