OUR STORY

Barbara & Patrice Calmels

Terrebonne Lavender was started by Patrice and Barbara in Terrebonne at the foot of Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon.  Patrice grew up in the South of France and Barbara is a native Oregonian.

“We started our Lavender Farm to bring a piece of Provence to Central Oregon and combine the best traditions of both cultures. We also wanted a crop that respects the climate and geography of the high desert.”

Cultivars

As in most traditional family businesses, we plant, harvest, prune, and weed our field by hand. Local help and neighbors are available as needed. We grow close to 6,000 plants on 3 acres. Our main cultivars are:

Lavandin Grosso (Lavandula x Intermedia)

Lavandin Grosso (Lavandula x Intermedia): This is one of the most popular lavenders.  It is a naturally occurring hybrid combining the cold hardiness of the Lavandula angustifolia and the heat tolerance of the Lavandula latifolia.  Essential oil from Grosso represents more than 2/3 of the lavender essential oils produced in the world.  This variety has the highest oil content of all lavenders as well as one of the strongest and most recognized scent.  Its fragrance has a distinctive camphoric note that creates a traditional Provencal atmosphere.  Grosso is also one of the preferred cultivars for crafts and sachets  Its essential oils are commonly used in diffuser, bed and bath products.  Its hydrosol is frequently used on skin, beddings, pets and to repel insects (always check for potential allergy first).

Lavender Maillette (Lavandula Angustifolia)

Lavender Maillette (Lavandula Angustifolia): Also called English Lavender in the US or True Lavender in France, it is considered one of the best angustifolia varieties for its oil.  Its essential oil and hydrosol have somewhat of a sweet and milder fragrance, and it is heavily use with perfumes or in aromatherapy, and other cosmetic products.

Lavender Folgate (Lavandula Angustifolia)

It is a variety of English Lavender that is known for its iridescent florets that have a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.  Their flowers bloom a vibrant violet-blue that attract bees, butterflies and tourists.  One of the first cultivar to bloom and under the right conditions Folgate will have a second bloom toward the end of the summer.  Folgate Lavender is sold in fresh bouquets and de-budded.  But it is mostly known for its culinary properties.  It is often used in tea, baked goods, chocolate confections and other sweet and savory dishes as well as in spices such as Herbs de Provence.

OUR PROCESS

Our essential oils are extracted through steam distillation using a traditional copper still from Portugal. Oils are then rested for at least six months to allow the different compounds to stabilize allowing a more sophisticated and lasting aroma.

In this distillation process, hot steam goes through the plants and picks up the oil from the flowers. The steam is then cooled, and the oil is separated from the condensate water. The condensate water is called hydrosol, hydrolat or sometime floral waters.

At the higher altitude of Oregon’s high desert, water boils at a lower temperature than at sea level and more of the flower’s lavender aroma is preserved.

“I loved my Maillette lavender oil and sachet from Terrebonne Lavender! The items were beautifully packaged and the fragrance is heavenly! I would definitely recommend these products-they would make a great gift for someone special!”

– Anne (via Etsy)

Sustainability

Soil and Water Conservation: With much forethought Terrebonne Lavender converted 3 acres of grass field to lavender production and eliminated flood irrigation. Lavender is a drought-tolerant plant that needs a fraction of the water required by orchard grass. We also use drip irrigation which is one of the most efficient watering systems. Our weed fabric, while limiting the growth of unwanted plants, further reduces soil evaporation.

Energy Efficient: With the installation of our solar panels we are 90% self-sufficient in both our farming and living electrical needs.

No chemical, pesticides, or herbicides used: Although we are not certified organic we follow the basic standards of the National Organic Program for soil preservation and crop management.

Pollinators: Our lavender fields combined with our water pond provide a natural and safe environment for our bee hives and other pollinators native to Central Oregon.