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28 October 2008 @ 11:41 am
Crosby Mint Farm  
This was posted in a forum I frequent, and since I know many of my friends here are essential oil users I hope you'll check it out.

Many of our family owned farms here in the US are in danger of being shut down. This is a chance to help save one from being lost. Please read below for the details and then visit the website http://www.getmint.com
Thank you!!!


As some of you may have read or heard, Crosby Mint Farm (St. Johns, MI) is under foreclosure. Because of the historic significance and the desire to continue producing this wonderful essential oil, your help is needed. Please tell your friends and ask them to pass this on.

These farmers have been a mainstay of Clinton County and Friends Forever! Please help if you possibly can. $5 for a dram of pure peppermint or spearmint oil, and there's free shipping!

"In addition to having what appears to be the oldest surviving still in the country, the Crosby Farms operation also appears to be the oldest mint farm in continuous operation in the United States. The key word here is "continuous" --- that it has cultivated and processed mint since J.E. Crosby purchased the property before World War I."

Ephraim K. Smith, President; Heritage Productions, Inc.

Currently, there is enough essential oil inventory to pay this debt. On November 1st the bank has the right to inventory AND equipment AND then on August 14, 2009 they can take over the property. 77,000 DRAM BOTTLES MUST BE SOLD BY NOV. 1ST!!!

Visit http://www.getmint.com


There's also a video on Youtube with one of the co-owners, the great-granddaughter of the original founder.

If you can spare $5, consider buying one of the drams of mint oil. Mint oil really is useful; I've always liked it for headaches but you can use it for scores of other things, too. And also, when I was a kid I used to love going to Hidden Villa and Ardenwood farms and go for rides in hay wagons and see the animals and experience the history of this lifestyle so foreign to modern suburbia. I think it'd be such a shame if this little mint farm went away.
jeanniejeannietran on October 28th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
how big is a dram? it sounds huge. maybe I'm thinking of drum.
Suzik00kaburra on October 28th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Drums are massive. I want to say a dram is approximately 5 ml? It's about the size of the essential oils we used to carry at Bath & Body Works, if you can remember those. The mint essential oils there were about $15, I think, so this is a pretty good deal in comparison.
Nechtan Albaflameelf on October 29th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
A dram is 3.75 mls. 1 dram = 1/8 of an ounce; 1 ounce = 30 mls.

Grey :)
A wandering fellow on the long roadtsarina on October 29th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
I bought a ton of mint! Fortuitous timing. I recently fell in love with this peppermint & spearmint flavored water. It's ridiculously expensive to buy, so I needed a nice source of oil but hadn't gotten around to finding one yet. Whee!
Nechtan Albaflameelf on October 29th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
...Is that other forum one of the perfumery YahooGroups? If so, I think we're both on that!

Grey :)
Suzik00kaburra on October 29th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
No, I actually got it through the Lush forum, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was traced to one of the Yahoo Groups.
Did you get any oil? Actually, you probably already have a source for it since you've been making perfumes...
Nechtan Albaflameelf on October 29th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Not yet, but I am going to do so. They're not all that far away from where I am; only about 500 miles.

You might want to check these out; I'm getting a lot of good ideas from some of the posts and they all have great files onsite:






Grey :)

(Anonymous) on January 29th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Mint Farm Foreclosure
Thank you so much for this post! I just found it online and I touched that you took the time to share this...we were evicted from the farm on August 28th, 2009. The auction took place on December 10th, 2009...and today, there is still a possibility that we could get our farm back! We will keep you informed. It is because of people like you that care who make the difference. Thank you for you support and kindness.

Warmest Regards from all of us at Get Mint Trading Co and Crosby Mint Farm!!

~Linette Crosby
4th generation