The Young Living Northern Lights Farm and Distillery is our jewel of the north! It’s one of Young Living’s family farms that dot the globe. Imagine the farms as footprints left behind by Young Living Founder, D. Gary Young, who traveled the world looking for rare and authentic oils.
At the Northern Lights Farm, Gary discovered a rich source for sweet coniferous essential oils. Think Christmas trees, late-night campfires, and the crisp air of the deep Canadian woods.
In this post we’re thrilled to take you on a tour of the Northern Lights Farm and share fun facts that set it apart from the other Young Living farms.
Where is the Northern Lights Farm located?
You’ll find the farm in the gorgeous Canadian boreal forest in Fort Nelson, B.C. As the largest intact forest left in the world, stretching from the Atlantic coast all the way into B.C., it’s one of the remaining natural wonders of the world.
Young Living bought the land for the farm in 2014, right after a collapse in worldwide oil prices left the Fort Nelson community with a grim economic outlook. The Northern Lights Farm brought new jobs to the region and breathed fresh economic life into the community. A tourism market sprang up where visitors from around the world come every year to enjoy the Winter Harvest, local hot springs, dog sled adventures, and tours of the essential oil farm and distillery.
Which oils come from the Northern Lights Farm?
The Northern Lights Farm’s most popular oil is Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil, obtained from the needles, branches, and wood of the Picea mariana black spruce trees. The farm’s state-of-the-art distillery runs year-round distillations of black spruce, using five steam chambers that can produce 60 total kilograms of essential oil per distillation—that’s the equivalent of 12,000 5 ml bottles of Black Spruce essential oil!
Other oils produced and distilled at the farm include: Northern Lights Subalpine Fir, Northern Lights Lodgepole Pine and Northern Lights White Spruce. All four oils produced at the Northern Lights farm are now available in a Northern Lights Farm Collection.
What other facilities are on the farm?
Besides the distillery, the farm facility boasts two laboratories, an observation room, a farm store, and much more. The farm’s laboratory technician performs tests daily on a variety of botanicals that grow in the area. These tests help fine-tune Young Living’s farming, essential oil profiles, and harvesting times so we can maintain the farm’s ecological balance and protect this very special corner of nature.
Another way the farm team maintains the ecological balance is by primarily harvesting trees they cultivate and selectively thinning trees as needed on private and government land, leaving the boreal forest to grow healthy and wild. The farm composts wood chips and spreads the composted matter in separate lots, where new saplings are planted each spring. This helps enrich the soil for the new saplings and suppress weeds.
What will visitors see? What should they wear?
It’s the Great North, so if you’re set on checking out the Northern Lights Farm, be sure to bundle up!