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A Summer of Lavender Madness

Jul 01, 2024 06:00AM ● By Jeaniesa Santiano

Get back to nature at Mad Lavender Farm a summer of of goat yoga, hands-on workshops, and “pick your own” lavender.

The lavender fields are in full, glorious bloom now through the first week of July. Pick Your Own Lavender is offered by reservation only, so book your appointment now through the website. Visitors can also enjoy an array of lavender products such as bath and body products, soap, honey, candles, and cookies in our tiny shop. Plus explore workshops on wreath making, how to use herbs for skin care, sound healing meditation and more.

The farm also hosts a private picnic area (by reservation only) perfect for gathering with family and friends. For a truly unforgettable day, add a certified Reiki healer Angel Circle, a Sound Bath Session, or a private Goat Yoga Party. For the full list of amazing add-ons, see the website.

Location: 452 County Road 579, Milford. Shop hours are Friday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For additional information visit See ad, page 17.

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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