Young Living Essential Oils recently announced the addition of the Mera Ocotea Farm, Young Living’s newest corporate-owned farm.
The 120-acre farm, located in Ecuador’s Pastaza Province, is expected to produce harvests of ocotea starting as early as 2023.
With the founding of this latest farm, Young Living seeks to go beyond its 5×5 Pledge goal of adding no fewer than five farms to its family every year. The company sees the Mera Ocotea Farm as an opportunity to positively impact the planet. Young Living has planted more than 5,000 ocotea trees on the farm, accelerating oxygen production in the local environment. It will also use only non-GMO seeds, rely mainly on natural rainfall as a water source and support local wildlife corridors.
“The purity of all our products begins at our farms,” said Lauren Walker, chief supply officer for Young Living. “That’s why we want all our farms—whether they be corporate owned, partner farms, or Seed to Seal-certified suppliers—to be trailblazers in responsible stewardship of the earth. The Mera Ocotea Farm is yet another example of how Young Living is working to counter deforestation in that part of the world.”
The Mera Ocotea Farm is the second member of the Young Living farm family in Ecuador.