I bet most people think they have to dive in the ocean for a luffa sponge. Most sponges do come from the sea but not a luffa or sometimes called loofah.
Luffa Farm Adventure
My friend and I wanted some sponges so we headed to the Nipomo Mesa in Nipomo, CA the home of the Luffa Farm. We missed the tours but saw the plants growing and looking much like a cucumber plant but on a trellis. The owner described the plant as very temperamental but worth the effort. I remember trying to grow luffa as a child and not having a good crop even with my mom’s green thumb help.
The owner uses the same seeds since she began growing Luffa on her farm some 18 years ago. The sponges are generally softer as they are grown naturally. The major benefit of the luffa is the ability to use it almost anywhere. Easy cleaning of the sponge in possible in the top rack of the dishwasher. Let the luffa air dry to prevent mold and hardness and it will provide about 12 months of service. A pretty frugal investment for a multi-function soft sponge.
Visitors can enjoy a tour of the farm and shop at the small gift shop. They have plenty of luffa sponges, natural glycerin soaps, herbal sachet, bath salts, aromatherapy oils, and lotions. I love the smell of the handmade soaps which are pleasant but not overwhelming with their aroma.
The Luffa Farm offers free tours and is open from Wednesday-Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. They are at 1457 Willow Road, Nipomo, CA. They can be reached at (805) 343-0883 or you can reach their website at the following:
I love to travel around and see local attractions and beyond like my trip to the:
Central Coast Greenhouse Growers Association Open House
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