And then my adventure began…
First of all – we decided to produce a Lemon Balm, the Queen of herbs. The plant is very common in our country so we decided that is a big plus if we want to grow it. Another fact is that there is a demand for the essential oil but the number of successful growers is very low. There are lots of tricks according to our friend who helped us in our project, but there will be a word for that latter. So the decision was made – our purpose is to grow Lemon Balm with clear target – distillation of pure, authentic essential oil. The oil is easy to store, there are not very special equipment which should be bought and there is a demand, or these were the initial thoughts…
First step after deciding the plant variety, was to find a land to grow it! It sounds easy but… just try to get a good piece of land in a sunny and fertile region in a small country like ours, where almost 95% of the land is part of big farms and nobody wants to hear about your 2 acres… because this is the scale – 2 acres of land for our own farm. There were another very important factors – lots of sunlight, good soil, workforce, irrigation /very important for the plant/. What we do? Of course we ask the old people – my fiancé’s grandma. The woman had several small pieces of land in the very center of Bulgaria, where the soil is good and the village is famous with the irrigation systems but there was another obstacle how to work on landplots not bigger than 0.2 acre and how to make a farm. And here I can say that we are very lucky guys, because all obstacles until know we passed as magic!
The old woman used to be a teacher to one of the local biggest farmers, she spoke to him and he agreed to give us a land for 5 years /normally this is the growing period for Lemon balm on the same place/. The land was covered with sunflowers but in autumn we were free to move… and the interesting part began.
We needed seedlings from reputable supplier, we needed workforce, we needed soil analysis, we needed registered company, accountant, irrigation for the plants, permission from the local authorities… the list is endless or it was at this moment.
How we do it? With love and dedication 7/24!