If you’ve ever driven along Old Highway 80, you may have noticed the colorful sign that says “Sage Winds Farm” with mentions of tie dye, sage products and more! I noticed it many times on our drives to Jacumba. One time we even drove down the dirt road to check it out but were confused at the time and thought we had just ended up at someone’s home. That is halfway true. The owners of the farm do live there, but it is also a business you are welcome to visit!
The 40-acre property has been owned and operated by Ken Taylor and Ellen Woodward-Taylor since 2008. When they first moved onto the ranch, they noticed an abundance of white sage. White sage is considered sacred in Native American culture. In fact, we did an entire article on this plant which you can read here! White sage is not only known for ceremonial uses, but also has a ton of medicinal and external benefits.
Acknowledging these uses, Ken and Ellen took advantage of the sage on their land and turned it into a business! They have a small shop which carries a variety of white sage cosmetics as well as hand-dyed clothing items created by Ellen! I purchased a white sage soap bar with a loofah attached to one side. What a brilliant idea! Talk about great exfoliation combined with simple, yet effective ingredients!
Cosmetics and clothing aren’t their only business practices though. Making even further use of their land, they have turned their back-country backyard into a campground! Check out their Hip Camp page provided in the link above if you are interested in camping here. We checked out the camping grounds a little and found a ton of small caves, rock shelters, mortars and wind art. I can only imagine what else is out there as we explored very little.
Look out for this sign when driving, then turn onto the road:
Here’s a shot of Ellen with her creations. This lady is quite a force!
Ellen and her husband, Ken:
Check out this AMAZING painting she made! Talk about detail!
There were even some morteros in the shelter!