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Sunshine Lavender Farm's Open Farm Weekend

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Sunshine Lavender Farm

4104 Millstone Road

Hurdle Mills, NC 27541

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Sunshine Lavender Farm's 16th Annual Open Farm Weekend
Admission is free. Get your tickets today. New workshops!

June 8 & 9, 2019:
Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm

You're invited to enjoy the farm! A private residence and a working farm since 2000, come to relax and inhale the sweet fragrance of lavender.

The weekend is your opportunity to get out into the country, reconnect with your family and friends, enjoy the fresh country air, this charming farm - and just breathe.

You may choose to take a farm tour with the owners to learn how to plant, harvest and preserve this amazing, soothing and sweetly scented herb. Tours will happen throughout the day. Choose to craft with fresh and preserved lavender with the assistance of farm Ambassadors, ongoing during the weekend. Discover hundreds of lavender plants and proven varieties for southern gardens ready to take root in your yard or a favorite container. You may wish to visit the Lavender Garden Shed which will be stocked with handmade lavender items lovingly made in small batches for body, garden, gifts, home and weddings. Lavender items are created from the crop grown using natural practices where no synthetic chemicals of herbicides or pesticides are used. You will find many one-of-a-kind items unique to Sunshine Lavender Farm. Here’s a little of what you have to look forward to:

  • New Workshop! Paint Along with a talented plein air artist, Justin Holdren. You'll create your own work of art at the farm with the guidance from a local expert. Space is limited. Register TODAY.
  • New Workshop! Learn to stitch original designs created just for the farm with Jess Faucette, a talented fiber artist from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Space is limited. Register TODAY.
  • New Workshop! Local farm enthusiast and animal fiber lover, Charlotte Hughes will bring her deep knowledge of fiber to farm guests through two craft opportunities. Sign up for the morning workshop to create a nesting ball craft with animal fiber for the birds. Or, choose to craft an adorable mini llama with animal fiber at the afternoon workshop. Space is limited. Register TODAY.
  • Create a fresh lavender mini wreath or fondly called a fairy crown from various shades of sweetly scented fresh lavender stems and stuff a sachet with preserved lavender to take home any time during the Open Farm Weekend. For your convenience, pre-order craft tickets when you get your free admission ticket.
  • Visiting artists paint and sketch farm scenes. On Sunday, there will be a musician strumming on the farmhouse porch.
  • Master Gardeners will be on hand to help answer your most pressing questions about cultivating annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees in the region.
  • Learn from the Orange County Beekeepers Association and take home tips to help the pollinators.
  • The New Hope Audubon Chapter will join as a NEW partner on Saturday with the pledge to protect birds, wildlife, and their local habitats through conservation, education, advocacy, and outdoor enjoyment.
  • Arrive early to enjoy a snack or breakfast treat from Reed's Coffee & Art.
  • Farm fresh lunch will be available too with items created with lavender, courtesy of The Picnic Basket catering. Pre-order lunches as an individual or as a group on a single tab. Check out the 16th Annual Lavender Harvest Celebration Lunch Portal to learn more.
  • Enjoy refreshing and lavender-y ice cold treats from Locopops too.
  • Back by popular demand, Honeygirl Meadery will join in the fun with tastings, by the sample, the glass or even take a bottle home!
  • Bring your farmers market shopping list on Sunday! Local farmers raising produce and protein will create a mini-market with a selection of farms from the Hillsborough Farmers Market.
  • The Poultry Palace is home to a lovely flock of hens and will be clucking in celebration too.

To best prepare for your visit, keep in mind that there are no entry or parking fees, simply register to save your spot. You will be asked to check in upon your arrival. Your support of the farm is greatly appreciated.

The farm is quite small, and a truly humble home. In its second decade, there are some grandmotherly plants that are holding on (we don't have the heart for taking out plants until they are fully expired). You'll discover that the farm is feeling spry with oodles of young lavender plants, both in the front field and near the barn.

How did this event come about? The open farm weekend was originally planned as a thank you to the farm’s loyal farm friends and a means to invest in those who help to harvest the lavender when the field is ready. The farm is open just three days a year. In June, during Open Farm Weekend, while the lavender is in bloom, and just before the crop is harvested, then again in December for the Lavender Holiday Open Farm Day. (Save that date! Saturday, December 14, 2019)

For your comfort, bring a quilt or lawn chair. A hat, water bottle (working hard to be a zero waste/no single use plastic event), sunscreen, garden shears and of course your camera too. No pets, please.

We look forward to seeing you on the farm soon!

FAQ's

What are parking options at the event?

Carpooling is encouraged since parking is at a premium on the farm. Please use the red gate only to enter the farm. A Parking Ambassador will guide you to your space. Drive slowly, look out for other farm guests on the property and make every effort to park your vehicle efficiently.

I require assistance walking. Is this an event for me?

Parking Ambassadors will assist you with nearby parking. Most activities occur in a small area on the farm where the ground is mostly even. With assistance from a family member or a friend to offer support, you may experience the lavender farm too.

Is this a family-friendly event?

Kids of all ages enjoy the farm! While the Open Farm Weekend is truly designed for adults to unwind and get away from the stresses of everyday life, of course, families are welcome to join in. No pets, please.

Are there opportunities to help out during the Open Farm Weekend?

You bet! Ambassadors are needed for the 2019 Open Farm Weekend. Help the farm create an amazing experience with memories to last a lifetime for our guests. From greeting guests to helping out fellow gardeners choose lavender plants to teaching folks how to craft with fresh lavender, there's a whole lot of fun, a Picnic Basket box lunch, Locopops and more in exchange for your time. The farm could really use a few extra hands on Celebration Sunday. Just email hello@sunshinelavenderfarm.com and let us know your interest. Thank you.

What can I bring into the event?

Lawn chair, quilt, hat, sunscreen, garden shears, camera and water bottle (working hard to be a zero waste/no single use plastic event). If you have allergic reactions to plants, insect bites or stings, please bring any medications as a precaution. No pets, please.

How do I make purchases at the farm?

Cash or cards accepted for purchases at the Lavender Garden Shed. For your convenience, you may wish to bring cash to buy Locopops and craft tickets at other locations on the lawn.

What is the farm's refund policy?

Admission to the farm is FREE. If you pre-purchase craft or workshop tickets, refunds will be honored up to 7 days in advance of the event. You may adjust your status through Eventbrite at any time if your plans change. Should one day of the event be more weather-friendly, then plan to attend that day when all pre-purchased lavender craft tickets will be honored.

What if my plans change and I'm unable to attend?

We hope that this doesn't happen! In the event that you cannot attend, please update your status in Eventbrite so that another lavender lover may join in the weekend's festivities.

What else should I be aware of?

Your safety while on the farm is a top priority. Please look out for yourself and for one another. If handling plants or animals, please use the wash station before eating. Do not enter areas that have not been mowed or are sectioned off. You will find signs posted on the farm with the following:

WARNING

SESSION LAW 2005-236
HOUSE BILL 329

Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.

How do I best get answers to other questions?

Since the farm family is busy preparing for the event, please refer to all of the details in this invitation. You may also wish to explore the farm's website: www.sunshinelavenderfarm.com or the farm's Facebook page to see if you can find your answer there. Because the event is free and invitation-only, if you haven't already, sign up for the Lavender Letters on any page of the website to get the latest information about the Open Farm Weekend.

During the event, if you have questions, look for the Information tent or ask any of the Ambassadors helping out on the farm identified by their lavender bandanas.

Thank you!

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Sunshine Lavender Farm

4104 Millstone Road

Hurdle Mills, NC 27541

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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