Farming is a profession of hope.
I’ve debated whether to publish this post, but here I am doing it. Farming is a profession of hope, and it is not easy work. We have invested time, money, and our whole hearts into a vision of beauty, health, and wholeness. I want to be honest with you and share our struggle so far. I haven’t slept much lately, knowing that we have 5000+ Facebook fans eagerly anticipating our opening this summer (for which we are bursting with gratitude). We are heavy-hearted here at Hillside Lavender.
This past week, Bri and I walked our lavender fields to learn that many of our plants are showing signs of Phytopthura Nicotiana. It has happened quickly and is wide-spread. We sent two plant samples to Clemson University Plant Diagnostic Clinic along with some soil samples, and hope to hear definitively within a week or two. Phytopthura Nicotiana is hitting lavender farmers hard across the nation. Unfortunately, once a plant shows signs of infection, there is no cure.
Please know that we are going to do everything we can to keep our lavender babies alive so that you can come here to experience their beauty. For now, we could use your positive thoughts.
With BIG LOVE,
Amy and Brian