What began with one rescued lavender plant has grown into a way to provide support to those who need it most.
Dave and Diane Allen, owners of Lavenlair Farm, started planting lavender in 2013. Those small starts have now expanded into thousands of plants across their sustainable, eco-friendly fields in Whitehall. Visitors come each year to see the stunning sea of purple lavender and purchase a variety of products made by hand from the plants David and Diane grow.
The couple knew they wanted to do much more than share their wares with the community. They wanted to take their labor of love and grow that into regular charitable contributions. “Giving back is profoundly important to our mission here on the farm,” said Diane. “We have been overwhelmed with the generosity we see in our customers. From our Shop for a Cause program to our Lavenlair #DrinkPink donation drive, we’ve been able to donate thousands of dollars this year to incredible organizations like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
, the Wait House of Glens Falls
, and the Open Door Mission.”
And there are other ways of giving, as these two thoughtfully remind their friends and followers. Sometimes, we need to take care of ourselves so we can truly be there for others. “We always encourage people to slow down, make a cup of warm lavender tea, and practice self-care,” said Dave. “When we’re at our best, we can really show up for the people in our lives who need us.”
The Allens are proud to care for the community and the planet, and they hope to accomplish even more in 2019. To learn more about the Allens, their farm and their story, visit www.lavenlairfarm.com