Young Living Farms
In 1995, Gary Young purchased 138 acres of farmland in Utah, where he could grow and distill plants to create essential oils. Nestled at the base of scenic Mount Nebo, the farm now includes almost 1,600 acres and is the largest privately–owned herb farm and essential oils distillery in the world. Every year the farm produces chamomile, clary sage, helichrysum, peppermint, hyssop, and, of course, lavender along with other plants.
In the summer, when 120 acres are full of fragrant lavender, the farm hosts its annual Lavender Days. Visitors enjoy the unique opportunity of seeing the entire distillation process, including Gary's proprietary design for low–temperature, low–pressure spiral vortex steam distillation.
Peaceful and tranquil, the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah, is a beautiful oasis on a stark high desert landscape. protected by majestic mountain ranges, the energy is vibrant yet calm.
History of Mona
In 1871, Howard and Martha Jane Corey staked a small homestead on a parcel of desert land near a small flowing stream in central Utah. While Howard raised livestock, Martha gained a reputation selling liniments and medicines she made from what she gathered and grew on this land.
In 1996, D. Gary and Mary Young purchased 1,600 acres of rural land, nestled next to a tall mountain range. This land was destined to become the home of the largest herb farm and essential oil distillery in the world. As if by divine providence, this was the very same land that Martha Corey had grown and harvested her herbs 125 years earlier.
St. Maries, Idaho
Near the small town of St. Maries, Idaho, Gary Young discovered an unspoiled valley ideal for harvesting aromatic plants and producing essential oils. Evergreen forests shelter this small out-of-the-way magical farm in northern Idaho. The land had never been plowed, exposed to harsh pesticides or fertilizers and was unaffected by the pollution of urban areas. Furthermore, there was little risk of contamination from aerial pesticides and irrigation runoff from nearby farms.
In 1992, Gary purchased 160 acres and began to harvest lavender, tansy, and peppermint to use for Young Living Essential Oils health and wellness products. As in Mona, the St. Maries farm has its own unique distilleries built on the very land where the Young Living lavender grows.
The first stationary distiller was built at the farm. It incorporated Gary's proprietary low–pressure and low–temperature distillation process. The distiller's original boiler capacity was just over 3,000 liters. Four years and six additional boilers later, the boiler capacity topped more than 34,000 liters.
The Provence area of France is world–renowned for its scenic landscape, fresh crops, and fragrant lavender fields. Historically many natives believed that the fragrance of lavender induced tranquility and inspired feelings of happiness and celebration.
At one point, France was producing roughly 200 tons of lavender oil annually. Yet over the years, the lavender crop in France has steadily declined, possibly because of consumer demand for cheaper aromatic scents. Many farms in France produce Lavendin, a diluted lavender hybrid, which has become an accepted substitute for the true herb.
It was with this decline in production and diluted quality in mind that led Gary to purchase land for a new Young Living farm. This farm sits at the foot of the quaint French village Simiane. Until Gary's first crop, there was no lavender grown in the area. It is Gary's hope that the farm will restore healthy and authentic lavender plants to the valley. Learn more about the decline in quality and distillation.
The Young Living Ecuador farm is the newest addition to the Young Living family of farms. Gary personally chose the location because of its rich soil and continual growing season. Spanning over 2,200 acres, the farm currently produces Palo Santo trees, helichrysum, lemongrass, with more varieties being tested for fertility and high essential oil content every year. As is true with all of Young Living's farms, the Ecuador farm houses the single largest single cooker in the western hemisphere with a 14,500 liter capacity.
Implementing the same high-quality standards for distilling essential oils that he developed in North America, Gary is examining the beneficial properties of local native medicinal aromatic plants. Recently, Gary and his family moved to Ecuador to allow Gary to further his research on the therapeutic and healing properties of aromatic plants and to identify new plants for use in Young Living essential oils. He also oversees the entire production of essential oils, including the growing and distillation of the plants.