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Mark L
10 South Street
(Governors Island)
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Lavender Field Progress Update

the project

Lavender has a rich history of use for traditional healing, flavoring, and perfumery. We propose to plant what will be the only lavender field in New York City. Working with the Trust for Governors Island, Earth Matter has chosen a prominent location below a dramatic 19th century stone wall at the South Battery.

The Lavender Field on Governors Island will be a place of healing for:

  • The Earth - Through applying compost to enrich the soil from closing the loop for organic waste materials;

  • The Bees - Through providing pollinator plants to help bees thrive in the face of climate change challenges; and

  • Ourselves - Through meditation, reflection, and gentle exercise in a beautiful and fragrant environment.

The tax deductibility of your contribution may be affected by goods or services received. Please contact your financial advisor with questions regarding your donation.

the steps

First Delivery & Planting Day: 6/10/2017

Second Delivery & Planting Day: 6/17/2017

IOBY Supporter Planting Day & Official Field Opening Date: 6/18/2017

IOBY Supporter Planting Day, Part 2: 6/24/2017

July 22: A Toast to Lavender Reception --- at the Lavender Field!


Lavender Field Open Hours: 6/24/2017-10/1/2017

Lavender Field Workshops (yoga, meditation, lavender products, harvesting, pollinator walks, lavender and soil education talks): July, August, September, October

why we're doing it

We see that:

  • There is a need for more environmental education programming, including for promoting urban farming and connecting people to natural uses of herbs for physical and mental health.
  • As well as experential learning through workshops, we see a need for spaces that are healing and offer a chance to connect to environmental movement on a deeper level. The lavender field is being designed with activities such as meditation and yoga in mind.
  • The global honey bee population is in serious decline. Lavender is a famous bee plant. It offers copious nectar that the bees convert to lavender honey (delicious!). But more than that, lavender imparts a chemical that the bees use to protect themselves from pests, especially the deadly verroa mite.


Disbursed Budget
Raised = $5,503.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less Payment Processing Fee (3%) $159.26
Total to disburse = $5,308.74
Lavender Plants $3,220
Irrigation System $494.74
Equipment Shed $500
Bee Equipment $750
Programming Supplies $344
Updated Budget
Lavender Plants: $3,220
Irrigation System: $300
Equipment Shed: $450
Bee Equipment: $750
Programming Supplies: $100
Subtotal = $4,820
ioby Platform Fee:  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee: (3%) $145
Total to raise = $5,000
Original Budget
Lavender Plants: $3,400
Irrigation System: $300
Equipment Shed: $450
Bee Equipment: $750
Programming Supplies: $100
Subtotal = $5,000
ioby Platform Fee:  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee: (3%) $150
Total to raise = $5,185



Lavender Field Progress Update

We're thrilled with the excitement around the project so far and wanted to share photos of the journey so far.  We're grateful for each of the many volunteers that have come out to help in the our Lavender Field.  Each plant has been planted by hand, in mounds that have been built one shovel of soil & sand mix at a time.  

(More photos can be found on our Flickr or on Instagram - #soilstartfarmlavenderfield)


We're also excited to share details on Lavender Field related programming soon.  We had our first yoga class in the field this week, and are also working on workshops for traditional lavender fuseaux (wands), sachets, and soaps!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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