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I have just returned from a very nice trip from San Diego to Central Valley .

The Central Valley (also known as The Valley) is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the U.S. state of California. It is home to California’s most productive agricultural efforts. The valley stretches approximately 450 miles (720 km) from northwest to southeast inland and parallel to the Pacific Ocean coast. Its northern half is referred to as the Sacramento Valley, and its southern half as the San Joaquin Valley. The Sacramento valley receives about 20 inches of rain annually, but the San Joaquin is very dry, often semi-arid desert in many places.

The two halves meet at the huge Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, which along with their tributaries drain the majority of the valley. The Delta is a large expanse of interconnected canalsstreambeds, sloughs, marshes and peat islands. The Central Valley covers an area of approximately 22,500 square miles (58,000 km2), making it slightly smaller than the state ofWest Virginia.

Rows upon rows of lavender

Specfically  Lavender Farm is situated near the small town called Centre Valley. This farm is situated some 45 miles from San Diego along some very senic drives.

The farm is owned and run by Alicia Wolff . Alicia ,who originally hales from Cape Town which she left in 1989.

When she saw The Lavender Fields in 2008 she instantly felt a connection to the land. There is an energy on this property, located in the foothills of Palomar Mountain, that brings a deep feeling of serenity, coupled with the sweet fragrance of lavender.

“Come and walk our living labyrinth or sit in our meditation garden.  We also have a peace garden where you can plant a lavender plant in memory of a loved one. The color “lavender” is for general cancer awareness.  A portion of our profits will be donated to cancer research.” Alicia

I have never seen so many species of lavender including a rather rare white lavender.

The tea and general shop

Available on the farm is a small shop sell antiques and all sorts of lavender produce. There is also a small tea room serving delightful lavender scones accompanied  with lavender jam. Also available is, of course lavender honey.

What a delightful farm in a wonderful setting and certainly betters the lavender farms in Franschhoek!

https://www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com/

The farm is also a lovely setting for a wedding or that special event.

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