ST. ALBANS — A local farmer was once told her dream to have a lavender farm wasn’t realistic in Maine, but she did what she had to do to prove people wrong.
Owner of Sweet Dreams Lavender Farm, Marie Kirven, was told lavender doesn’t grow in the state.
What was once a dream is now reality, and it’s in full bloom.
“I wanted it so bad that we just continued to do it,” Kirven said.
Over the years with trial and error, Kirven learned how to make it work and she said she opened the first lavender farm in Maine in 2003.
She, now 17 years later, has 600 hundred plants.
“What we’ve also done in the 17 years is that we’ve genetically mutated the lavender. So what we’ve got is the best of the best every year,” said Kirven.
As a cancer survivor, Kirven said she understands the benefits the plant can provide.
“It helped me with my anxiety, it helped me with sleeping, and oh boy doesn’t it smell good,” she said.
In these unprecedented times, Kirven said she’s seen more and more people come to sit, relax and take their mind off of things.
“They’ve just sat here for hours just relaxing because it does that to you.”
In the future, Kirven hopes farmers try their green thumb at lavender having more of the plant pop up around the state.
“I would love to see that here in Maine,” Kirven said.