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Join Us for the 2nd Annual Lavender Harvest Work Weekend

June is one of the busiest months of the year on Eatwell Farm. Tomato plants are heavy with fruit, the strawberry fields abundant with luscious red berries, and the fields of lavender burst into bloom. The lavender harvest is vital to the farm as it provides a very important source of income during the winter months, but it takes many hands to complete. We would like to invite CSA members to join us for the weekend harvest to cut, assemble and hang as much lavender as we can use throughout the year. Those who help will be compensated for their time in CSA credit or cash. Fill out the Lavender Harvest Work Weekend Form to sign up on our waiting list.

Lavender Harvesting, Food & Fun

We look forward to the lavender harvest all year long. The calming scent of the blooms fills the summer breeze, bees drunk on lavender pollen lazily buzz from flower to flower, and the sound of crew members singing can be heard in the fields. It's wholesome, enjoyable work. 

This year we will harvest the lavender, eat large, family-style farm-cooked meals, and camp out on the farm together for a full weekend of lavender, good work, food and fun. We imagine this will be much like the grape harvests in France, where all hands are working to bring in the harvest and then break bread together at long tables set with farm-fresh meals.

How We'll Harvest Together

The full time farm crew will work ahead of the lavender crew and will use the hedge trimmers to cut the lavender. The lavender crew will follow behind and bunch the lavender with rubber bands and place them in piles in the bed of a truck. When the bed of the truck is full of lavender, it will be driven to the drying house where more helpers will unload it and hang it to dry. Harvesting lavender is good, enjoyable work that requires nimble hands for putting bands around lavender bunches, bending and twisting, and time spent standing and walking in the sun. There is no heavy lifting involved. It will be satisfying work in a sea of scented lavender blooms. 

The Eatwell Farm Crew will cut the lavender with hedge trimmers. Then the Lavender Work Crew will follow behind to bunch the stems together with rubber bands for drying. 

The Eatwell Farm Crew will cut the lavender with hedge trimmers. Then the Lavender Work Crew will follow behind to bunch the stems together with rubber bands for drying. 

Lavender bunches are loaded into the bed of a truck and driven to the drying room where they will be hung to dry.

Lavender bunches are loaded into the bed of a truck and driven to the drying room where they will be hung to dry.

These bunches are ready for drying. 

These bunches are ready for drying. 

Sign Up To Harvest Lavender With Us!

We cannot do this without the help of CSA members. Please fill out the Lavender Harvest Work Weekend Form to get on the waiting list. Lavender Harvest Crew members must commit to a full weekend of work including BOTH Saturday from 7am to 6pm and Sunday from 7am to 12pm. Camping is available on the farm to accommodate the early start times on Saturday and Sunday morning. Those who work will be fed deliciously prepared farm-fresh meals and compensated for their time on the farm.

Lavender Harvest Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 10th:

  • 5:00pm - Set up Tents and Enjoy a Country Style Meal 

Saturday, June 11th:

  • 7:00am - Farmhouse Breakfast (provided to Lavender Harvest Crew)
  • 8:00am - Lavender harvest begins
  • 12:00pm - Lunch (provided to Lavender Harvest Crew)
  • 1:00pm - Lavender Harvest Resumes
  • 5:00pm - Lavender Harvest ends for the day
  • 6:00pm - Dinner (provided to Lavender Harvest Crew)
  • Evening - Campfire, social time, and camping

Sunday, June 12th:

  • 7:00am - Farmhouse Breakfast (provided to Lavender Harvest Crew)
  • 8:00am - Lavender harvest begins
  • 12:00pm - Lunch (provided to Lavender Harvest Crew)

We welcome our Lavender Harvest Crew and their families to camp on the farm on Friday and Saturday nights to accommodate the early start time on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Members may camp in the garden or in the orchard, but must bring their own camping supplies. Dixon and the surrounding towns have hotels for those who prefer not to camp. Children under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult that is not working the harvest. Children will not be allowed access to the areas of the lavender harvest and can not work or help in any way. This will be strictly enforced for safety and insurance purposes.

What To Bring To Harvest Lavender:

  • Work gloves
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle
  • Work clothes that can get dirty/damaged
  • Sunscreen

What To Bring For Camping On The Farm:

  • Tent and bedding
  • Picnic blanket
  • Camp chairs
  • Changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Jacket for the evening and morning
  • Camera
  • Tasty beverages of the kid and adult variety
  • Flashlight
  • Musical instruments for campfire fun
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent

Do you want to join us? Get on the Waiting List by filling out the Lavender Harvest Work Weekend Form!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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