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My Book - Lavender Farming: Secrets from a Hard Row Hoed in Western Montana

by Lavender Lori Parr - on Monday, March 03, 2014
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In my documentation of the last 14 years I now realize I have been writing this quintessential guide to farming lavender in cold climates the entire time I have been farming the fragrant purple herb. I am a natural chronicler and have taken studious notes while farming.

There could not have been a more perfect winter to begin than 2013/14. Negative 30 degrees, 50 mph winds blowing 3 feet of snow into 5 foot snowdrifts, unrelenting ice covered landscapes….on and on it went, a classic Montana winter; the kind that keeps people from even thinking of moving here, let alone farming here…but it can be done!

Friends who subscribe to my Garden/Farm/Homestead newsletter Earth Nurture, in its 18th year now urged me to write the book as I do the newsletter; easy to understand and like they can hear my voice – write like I talk. Farming Lavender; Secrets from a Hard Row Hoed in Western Montana is now in the revision stage of the last edits. It is full of the trials, successes, and ways it can be better done in cold climates. It reads like a how-to manual as well as a memoir. I wrote it because there was no practical book on the subject when I started. I took it on as a duty to fellow farmers and those just starting out.

Publication is set for this summer, 2015.

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About Lavender Lori Parr

Lavender Lori was recently described by a friend as elegant and rugged. Elegant is a stretch but rugged sums it up.

She never was one to play by society's rules or let anybody tell her what to do. And when others thought her a fool for trying something outside the box of normal reality she did it just to prove to herself that it could be done. She has bucked systems most of her life. Some might call her fiercely independent. She is, without a doubt self reliant and self sufficient and maybe stricken with a light case of LFWS - Lonely Farm Woman Syndrome due to circumstances that led to her sudden uprooting to different living quarters, a 90 mile round trip from her base town of Missoula, Montana.

She is the pioneer for growing a couple types of lavender that were never before tried in Montana, distills her own brand of essential oils and hydrosols, and teaches workshops on various topics.