The Luffa Ranch
In remote western North Carolina the story of The Luffa Ranch begins. In the early 1980's we discovered this beautiful part of the country while traveling by motorcycle to find great, winding roads. We found some of the most beautiful scenery and unspoiled land and fell in love. After purchasing some land we began gardening, fishing, hunting and enjoying all the area has to offer. A long time friend of Amy Oriente, who lived in the area, began making homemade soaps, lotions and skin care products. With the John C. Campbell Folk School in the area, many people have learned this skill. With no local supplier of luffa, our friend had a need that could not be filled. Soap makers frequently use the whole luffa and pieces and even ground luffa in their soaps. It has the most amazing texture and properties that are gentle yet great for exfoliating the skin. Paul Oriente has a background in horticulture, art and a serious green thumb. He grew bonsai trees for more than two decades. So, we decided to pursue this venture. We did a great deal of research and a test crop to see if luffa would thrive in this area. The results were fantastic and we were convinced that we would do well with a larger crop. So, that's where we are now. We have several hundred plants producing several thousand luffa each season. The Luffa Ranch has been featured on channel 4 in Murphy North Carolina, SNN television in Sarasota Florida, as well as CNN and NBC nationally. And, thanks to our loyal customers, we continue to grow.