Sustainable lavender farm from the start

This summer in Europe heat records are tumbling over each other. In the north it is sometimes warmer than in Spanish Andalusia where I live. Happy enough I live at an altitude of 1200 meters in Alpujarras at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain. That’s where I am starting a sustainable lavender farm. I’ll tell you why.

Climate change is not for away if you live in nature

If you live in a city, apart from a heat wave or cloudburst, you will maybe hardly notice climate change or let alone the loss of biodiversity. But if you live in nature, both are clearly visible.

Why a lavender farm?

I see nature becoming more and more vulnerable, where I live and beyond. The land in the mountains is hardly maintained any more. Or there will be water-guzzling and poison-spraying tomato farms. Climate change comes on top of that.

Landscape restoration

Inspired by the organization Commonland I followed the online course A Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration. There I saw how residents in South Africa were able to turn their degraded land into nature and earn money from it. With lavender.

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

An even more beautiful landscape, good for bees and nature and for me.

This blog is about starting up our lavender farm. And about other small sustainable steps. Making my own soap and lavender oil and about travelling more sustainable. I hope you enjoy it.

Mariette, August, 2019

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