Young Living Lavender Farm and Distillery in Mona, Utah, is the first to receive the Monarch Farm USA title. The recognition comes after a longstanding conservation effort on the essential oil leader’s farms to help recover the monarch butterfly population.
LEHI, UTAH JUNE 06, 2023
Young Living, the world’s leading provider of essential oils and oil-infused products, announces that its Lavender Farm and Distillery in Mona, Utah, has been formally recognized as the first Monarch Farm USA. This marks the first time Monarch City USA (MCUSA) has officially recognized a farm as part of its program.
In 2019, the Young Living farm team and The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation implemented a program to plant milkweed at its farms and facilities located along the monarch butterfly (western population) migration route to aid in the population’s recovery. The lavender farm gained recognition due to its longstanding dedication to monarch butterfly conservation and research. The accolade comes on the heels of a dedicated team of Young Living scientists launching a new butterfly and milkweed research study.
“Young Living is honored to have the Young Living Lavender Farm and Distillery named the first-ever Monarch Farm USA,” said Emma Ziebarth, Research Scientist at Young Living. “Our waystation program reflects the conservation efforts at the core of Young Living’s mission. We do everything in our power to use sustainable practices that benefit the wider community and enact lasting, positive change in the natural environment. We hope that our farm is just the first of many across the country giving back to the planet through responsible, earth-friendly practices.”
The title of Monarch Farm USA was granted by Monarch City USA, a non-profit corporation based out of Washington that encourages American municipalities to plant milkweed and nectar plants to help the at-risk monarch butterfly population recover from its alarming decrease over the past two decades. The monarch butterfly population has dropped more than 80 percent in the past 20 years, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
There are various criteria that must be met to be a member of Monarch City USA. These include re-establishing native milkweed plants, encouraging citizens to plant private milkweed, and working with schools to educate on conservation, among several other items.
“Monarch City USA is very pleased to join forces with our newest member, Young Living Essential Oils,” said Russel Stubbles, Founder of MCUSA. “We have much in common: high standards, a caring love for the environment, and a special place in our hearts for monarch butterflies. We believe that if the monarchs are doing well, society is doing well.”
In addition to planting milkweed, Young Living frequently offers milkweed seeds for visitors to take home and create their own garden habitats. The company has also released a downloadable monarch butterfly activity kit for children to tie in with the monarch migration conservation project.
Families are encouraged to learn more about the waystations by booking an educational tour at the Young Living Lavender Farm and Distillery here.
Young Living Essential Oils, LC, based in Lehi, Utah, is the world leader in essential oils, offering the highest quality oil-infused products available. Young Living takes its industry leadership seriously, setting the standard with its proprietary Seed to Seal® quality commitment. This guiding principle helps Young Living protect the planet and provide authentic products that its Brand Partners and Customers can feel confident using and sharing with friends and family. Young Living’s products—sourced from corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and other trusted suppliers—not only support a healthy lifestyle but also provide opportunities for over 6 million global Brand Partners to find a sense of purpose and whole-life wellness by aligning their work with the Young Living values and passions. For more information, visit YoungLiving.com, follow @youngliving on Instagram, or like us on Facebook.
Monarch City USA was created in 2015 in Maple Valley, Washington. The non-profit organization encourages America’s 19,000+ municipalities to directly help the monarch butterfly population recover through planting milkweed and nectar plants within their borders. As of date, there are 112 members of MCUSA across the nation. MCUSA offers various programs such as Monarch City USA, Monarch School USA, Monarch Farm USA, and Monarch Campground USA. To learn more about MCUSA, please check their website monarchcityusa.com.