Address: 11125 W Tonto School Rd., Skull Valley AZ 86338 / (928) 442-3817
About Us / Skull Valley Lavender Farm History: Anita Scheelings grew up in a farming community in the Netherlands and always had a great respect for nature and animals. After many years of training horses and dogs, she has since embarked on the journey of sustainable farming, all the while staying true to her commitment to how she feels animals should be treated. During her college years, she even was enrolled for one year in a four-year conventional agriculture program, which embraced the industrial agricultural approach: “Clearly, it was in direct opposition of what I stood for, so it was not a good fit and I left.”\n\nTogether with her husband, Bob, Anita now raises animals with respect for their needs and natural behaviors at Skull Valley Lavender Farm. The farm sits in a landscape of tall oaks, juniper trees, and manzanita in the high desert, about 20 miles west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, and surrounded by Prescott National Forest. She raises AWA-certified laying hens in addition to growing several varieties of lavender for oil production, culinary use, and for products such as soap, bath salts, fresh and dried bundles, and sachets. Skull Valley Lavender Farm's small flock consists of about 30 hens and a small number of roosters. The Scheelings like old Dutch breeds, such as the docile Barnevelder and feisty Welsumer. They also have beautiful Marans, Partridge Cochins, Black Sumatras, and Jungle Fowl. The latter two are more skittish and alert to predators, such as coyotes, owls, and hawks, warning others in the flock to potential danger. \n\nEverything at the farm has a purpose and a more-or-less symbiotic relationship. As well as supplying great tasting, nutritious, pasture-raised eggs, the chickens at Skull Valley Lavender Farm help to control insect pests and weeds that can infest the crops. This symbiosis includes the farm's natural ecosystem: Anita and Bob practice predator-friendly methods, as well as permaculture, organic and high-welfare farming principles. All their animals are given organic and GMO-free feed.\n\n“When keeping animals, they depend on us for everything and that is a responsibility not to be taken lightly,” Anita explains. Keeping their animals happy and healthy is of the utmost importance, and having AWA certification helps Skull Valley Lavender Farm’s customers to understand how the farm is different from industrial farm models. “I have great issues with how animals are treated in industrial agriculture and how removed a lot of people seem to be from what is happening behind the food choices they make,” says Anita. “Having a brand such as AWA behind us helps to show we are not alone in this and there are indeed ways of keeping animals while respecting their needs.”\n\nAnita and Bob hope to expand the Skull Valley Lavender Farm product lines and to continue with their efforts to make the farm as diverse and productive as possible. Skull Valley Lavender Farm pasture-raised eggs and other farm products are available from local farmers’ markets and direct from the farm. For more information call (928) 442-3817 or visit www.SkullValleyLavender.com.