Published on February 1st, 2024 | by Dr. Jerry Doby0
Dr. Henry Cabrera on Transforming Lavender Waves Farm Into a Must-Visit Destination in Rhode Island
Dr. Henry Cabrera’s journey with Lavender Waves Farm is a tale of revival, innovation, and unwavering dedication. Nestled in Rhode Island’s picturesque landscape, this South Kingston property began as a humble farm and is now a nature haven frequented by enthusiasts and photographers alike.
In an exclusive interview, Dr. Henry Cabrera shares what’s behind the farm’s transformation and his passionate commitment to its growth.
A Historical Transformation: From Gatewood Farm to Lavender Waves Farm
Lavender Waves Farm started as Gatewood Farm, known for raising cattle and pigs. However, Gatewood Farm succumbed to the challenges of farming economics, leading to its subdivision and sale. Dr. Henry Cabrera acquired the dormant land in 2016, igniting his journey toward restoration.
He began transforming the once unassuming property by installing utilities, repairing the barn, and creating stable spaces for livestock like sheep, camels, llamas, alpacas, and donkeys. The transformation unfolded over several years, beginning with planting corn in 2017 to prepare the ground for a lavender field. Dr. Henry Cabrera’s iconic center gazebo was erected, and meticulous field designs set the stage for the birth of the lavender haven.
As the field blossomed with over 4,000 plants from 10 varieties, the farm quickly attracted interest from locals. Dr. Cabrera cautiously opened its doors to the public for limited lavender cuttings during peak bloom in 2020.
A few months later, in October 2020, a community member linked to the farm’s past visited Lavender Waves. Her grandparents were the farm’s original owners in the 1930s and 1940s. She told Dr. Cabrera everything she remembered about its once-bustling agriculture and her nostalgia-fueled Dr. Cabrera’s commitment to continue improving the land.
The Remarkable Camels: Meet Jack, Bingham, and Humphrey
Dr. Cabrera nurtures three Lavender Waves Farm camels, including Dromedary and Bactrian breeds. The Dromedaries, also known as Arabian camels, have a single hump and are relatively common worldwide. Bactrian camels, distinguished by their two humps, are incredibly rare and predominantly found in the cold regions of Asia. Rhode Island is home to five camels, out of which Lavender Waves Farm proudly hosts three – two Dromedaries named Jack and Bingham and the stunning Bactrian camel Humphrey.
Jack and Bingham arrived at the farm in 2023, each around 15 years old. Humphrey, the now majestic 2-year-old Bactrian camel, arrived at the farm when he was 5.5 months old from a breeder in Michigan. The trio mesmerizes visitors with their size and is often featured at farm events.
A Working Farm and Community Oasis
Lavender Waves Farm is more than a lavender field; it’s a cherished community space. But this space wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated team who tirelessly maintains the farm throughout the year. They care for the animals, prune lavender plants in spring, and manage peak bloom from late June to early August to ensure that the farm remains a welcoming sanctuary for approximately 2,500 annual visitors. Their work ensures visitors experience the farm’s beauty and tranquility while enjoying a number of events and educational opportunities.
Dr. Henry Cabrera’s favorites on the farm include the beloved Dolly Llama and Humphrey the camel, the well-manicured surroundings, and the entrance path leading to the lavishly rustic Airbnb Farm suite. The suite features reclaimed wood, stone tiles, and custom-picked granite. It offers a breathtaking vista of the lavender fields, catering to those seeking a tranquil escape with modern amenities.
In addition to offering interactions with animals and a chance to stay in the Airbnb suite through exclusive membership packages, Lavender Waves Farm has picnics, photoshoots, and private visits. Yogis can enjoy yoga sessions in the fields, and those interested in crafts can attend workshops with the lavender fields as a stunning backdrop. While Lavender Waves Farm currently doesn’t host weddings due to permit limitations, Dr. Cabrera allows for purchasing lavender quantities and private hours on the farm.
These offerings allow guests to deeply engage with the farm’s serene environment, creating lasting memories while experiencing the natural splendor and rural elegance carefully cultivated by Dr. Cabrera. As the farm continues its evolution, it remains committed to enriching visitors’ experiences, seamlessly blending the allure of nature with modern hospitality.
Dr. Cabrera’s vision and dedication to Lavender Waves Farm reflect a blend of tradition, innovation, and community engagement. It’s a testament to his passion for natural healing and human connection with nature. As the farm blossoms, Dr. Cabrera remains steadfast in his mission to enrich the lives of all who visit Lavender Waves Farm. He invites anyone who finds themselves in Rhode Island to see it and experience a mindful, yet beautiful, escape.