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Distilling Organically Grown Lavandin and Lavender in Oregon

The Guerilla Distiller - Robert Seidel

Robert Seidel, President of The Essential Oil Company. Robert has been traveling the State of Oregon and setting up his distiller on farms throughout the state.

The first stop was a Lavender Festival at Mountainside Lavender in Scholls, Oregon. The distiller was set up to demonstrate to the many visitors during the festival how Lavender and Lavandin are distilled in order to extract the essential oil. Mountainside Lavender is a small family-run farm nestled in the hillside of Chehalem Mountain in the community of Scholls, Oregon. With over 1200 lavender plants representing 13 varieties of both French and English lavenders in several colors (white, pink and shades of purple). Mountainside Lavender offers U-pick during the season.

The next stop was Sandy, Oregon to the Art Farm of JD Higdon. JD has grown Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) from seed. His rows are filled with "population lavender". This type of growth is rich with genetic diversity, resulting in an exquisite essential oil. Aside from growing Lavender, JD is a metal artist and inventor, creating unusual and functional machinery from recycled components.

After leaving JD's "Lavender Art Farm". Robert headed south to Lavender Hill Farm, Oregon's largest Organic (uncertified) Lavender Estate, located in the mountains just north of the California border. Surrounded by National Forest, Lavender Hill Farm is a beautiful and peaceful setting for growing and distilling Lavandin. The thick rows of Lavandin are arranged on a gentle slope, the arrangement is designed for erosion control and water conservation. Its southern exposure ensures the Lavandin will get full sunlight during the growing season. Organic growing techniques are employed.

After a few very hot days in southern Oregon, the Guerilla Distiller headed north to Hood River. Hood River Lavender is located in the shadow of Mt Hood, in the Hood River Valley. Known for its Apples, Peaches and Pears the valley is now home to a well groomed lavender farm, complete with Lavender products and U-pick. Robert distilled for a week on a hillside just above the Hood River.

Inquiries from those interested in having their own distillation equipment are welcome. Contact The Essential Oil Company 1(800)-729-5912 or email . Each distiller is custom manufactured. 


Trailer distiller in the field  Lavandin growing in the field A Lavander harvester
Our distiller is set up and ready to go at Lavender Hill Farm Lavender Hill is a beautiful farm in southern Oregon All of the Lavandin grown here is grown organically and harvested by hand
Cutting Lavandin Neatly trimmed Lavandin rows A bundle of fresh cut Lavandin
The rows of Lavandin are thick and attractively laid out on a gentle slope Long stalks are cut with a hedge trimmer and gathered up by the hard working crew A nice bundle of freshly cut Grosso Long stems and large flower heads
Lavandin is loaded into a pick-up to be brought top the distiller Trailer distiller at Farmgate Organics Beautiful Mt Hood
The Lavandin is piled into a pickup truck to be taken to the distiller Our Trailer Distiller is easily towed by a Ford Explorer Mt Hood towers above the countryside of the Hood River Valley and Hood River Lavender
The Guerilla Distiller's workplace A Lavandin field ready for harvest Partially cut Lavandin field
Our distiller set up is an occasionally shady spot. Quite welcome during the hot days of July Hood River Lavender has an acre of Lavandin, nourished by the waters of the Hood River The Lavandin is arranged in neat rows with adequate distance between plants to permit exceptional growth.
JD's Metal Art JD's wind vane Organic Lavender at JD's art farm 
Distilling Lavender at JD Higdon's Lavender Art Farm JD is a metal artist and inventor JD's Lavender is "population lavender", grown from seed with lots of genetic diversity
JD with his lavender harvesting machine Lining up the lavender harvester Using the harvester to cut a row
JD designed his Lavender harvester from recycled components JD lines up his Lavender harvester at the beginning of the row Chuck and JD get ready to cut a row
Lavender harvester cutting a row, quick and easy Lavender going into the harvester A partially cut field of population Lavender
Each fifty foot row takes about 2 minutes to cut Lavender flowers are fed into the cutter The rows before and after cutting
The Lavender harvester Lining up the Lavender harvester for cutting JD Higdon with his amazing invention
The cut Lavender is brought to the distiller Making certain the height of the cutting blade is properly set It's quite a contraption and works like a charm
JD is proud of his Lavender harvester JD loading Lavender into the still JD packing the still with Lavender
JD is proud of his efforts and the contraption he's designed. Lavender flowers being loaded into the distiller
Once the Lavender flowers are inside the distiller, it must be packed tightly
Dumping the spent Lavender Lavender after distillation Emptying the still
After distillation the spent plant material is removed from the distiller It's steamy work on a hot day, but it's worth it
The distiller holds about 200 pounds of raw material per batch
The still is waiting for the next load of Lavender Separating Lavender oil from Lavender hydrosol
Copper essencier
Empty and waiting to be reloaded
Prototype copper separator undergoing testing before production. This beautiful essential oil separator can be used with almost any distillation apparatus.


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