May Art & Ag – Capay Valley Lavender

Photo by Charles Vincent McDonald
Photo by Charles Vincent McDonald

Art & Ag artists were grateful for the opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and explore the lavender fields of Capay Valley Lavender (AKA Patchwork Farms) in May.

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During a day trip to the Almond Festival back in 2016 owner and self-described FarmHer, Sherri Wood, had the feeling of being transported to another world as she gazed upon pink blossoms, blue skies and the rolling hills of Capay Valley. This experience set in motion her life long dream to live in the country. A year later she purchased 28 acres and cleared out an old almond orchard to make way for what is now a flourishing property with five+ acres of organic culinary and aromatic lavender.

Everything about the property reflects Sherri's aesthetic - her custom built farmhouse and bocce ball court is the centerpiece, accented by fig fenceposts and surrounded by over 10,000 lavender plants. There is also a recently refurbished barn from the 1930s which houses lavender processing tools including a thresher and a beautiful copper alembic distiller. This is where she makes her signature Herbs of Capay blend and essential oils. Another venture will soon be added to the mix- her own label honey harvested from recently placed bees.

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Photo by Alan Fishleder
Photo by Alan Fishleder

Two landmark pistachio trees, Peter and Paul, offer a nice respite of shade where picnic tables made of the original barn wood can be found. As you sit and take in the view you will see even more of Sherri's vision. Natural habitat restoration along the perimeter - featuring milkweed to attract butterflies. And the lush farmland to the east which she leases to other agricultural enthusiasts so "they can live their dreams as well."

Sherri hopes that Patchwork Farm becomes a place where visitors can take classes in essential oils, celebrate special events, or just "relax with and enjoy the beauty of the land and this spectacular valley."

Photo by Alan Fishleder
Photo by Alan Fishleder
Photo by Alan Fishleder
Photo by Alan Fishleder