One of the reasons I am so inspired by living in Northern Michigan is the sense of possibility. There is a freedom here to make big dreams happen, to live the lifestyle you want. Our friends Kalin and Matt have taken huge steps to do exactly that. To build the life they want for themselves. With no previous farming experience, but lots of research, support from each other and their community, love for Northern Michigan, and big dreams, they bought a beautiful piece of land just outside of downtown Petoskey. This past Saturday they planted their first field of lavender with three different varieties and Sweetwater Lavender Farm was born. Instead of hiding their dreams from the world, they turned this first day of planting into a Planting Party, inviting friends and neighbors to help out for as much, or as little time as they chose. In return, they provided breakfast, lunch, beer, bubbly, and gift favors of lavender bath salts. It was so amazing to see so many people come together to spend a day outdoors lending a hand to help two very deserving, awesome people. At the beginning of the day Michael and I focused on shooting video and time lapse of the majority of the field being planted. We will share that footage later, but below are some stills I took later in the evening as the light turned golden and Kalin and Matt were able to put the last few plants in the ground. Afterwards, a number of close friends stuck around to hang out, play lawn games, and eat dinner by the campfire. I'm so happy to call Kalin and Matt friends and I can't wait to watch all of this beautiful lavender grow over the years! Cheers!
If you want to learn more about Sweetwater Lavender Farm, I would highly recommend following Kalin's blog and Facebook page. Here is one of my absolute favorite posts. And, Brides! Kalin is an amazing floral designer! Her studio for Stems & Sprigs, is also located on the property and she does amazing work.