Building this farm and its state-of-the-art distillery started as one of Gary Young’s passion projects. Today, Guayaquil’s tropical climate helps nurture Young Living’s 2,000 acres of rich soil, year-round harvests, and lush botanical life.
The Mera Ocotea Farm occupies 120 acres in Ecuador’s Pastaza Province. The province benefits from year-round rain, the primary water source for the farm’s 5,000 Ocotea trees. This native Ecuadorian tree produces Ocotea essential oil, which contains the naturally occurring constituent alpha-humulene and is commonly used for its soothing and comforting benefits. The farm will be surrounded by wildlife corridors, which will link habitats that protect and re-establish threatened populations. The farm uses only non-GMO seeds that are cultivated through natural pollination.