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Cultivation and additional income
The lavender fields visible today in Notre-Dame de Sénanque Abbey's valley were planted in the 1970s when the abbey hosted a cultural center. The predominantly cultivated variety of lavandin is derived from true lavender and large lavender and suitable for cultivation at lower altitudes. Flowering from June to July, it is harvested in midsummer and in full sun to promote the concentration of the future essential oil and then worked in an artisanal distillery in the Luberon. The production of lavandin essence provides an additional income for the monastic community.
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