Lavender loves full sun (at least 8 hours per day or more). Lavender’s native habitat is the area around the Mediterranean Sea which has dry, chalky/rocky ground, so it thrives on hot, dry, rocky, or sandy soil. Good drainage is a must – too much rain and it drowns. Some people have great success growing the hybrid Lavendula x-intermedia, var. Grosso, which tolerates the hot dry climate and produces a good and useful essential oil. This hardy hybrid is the workhorse in many fields throughout the world. Another lavender species that does well in cooler climates are the varieties of...Read More
There are many ways to prune lavender. ‘If you like roses you’ll love Lavender’ Lila Avery-Fuson says. ‘Lavender, like the rose does not like wet feet and loves to be cut hard, just remember the harder you cut it the more it shows!’ Her advice is to not be afraid to take it down each year within 2/3 of the root ball just after the last frost in spring. This will encourage new growth and a strong stem length along with a judicious application of fish emulsion. Sarah Richards says “Give lavender a 1 ½ green crew cut.” She says you measure the green from where the woody stems...Read More
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For those weathering a difficult year due to Winter Kill, Tim and Mary Hamer show us there are ways to still shine in spite of it. A hearty well done to The Loess Hills Lavender Farm!
It's here! USLGA members Mike Neustrom and Sarah Richards interviewed by Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers:
Today's episode was recorded in late October at the Northwest Regional Lavender Conference outside Portland, Oregon. Susan and Jack Harrington of Labyrinth Hill Lavender, the conference producers, ...
USLC 2015 is almost sold out!!! Don't miss out on this lavender packed weekend in San Antonio! Register now! http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=848739bab877ecbfca6f2eb8b&id=f0652d9582
Woohoo!! Big congrats to our members White Oak Lavender Farm, Prairie Lavender Farm, Lavender Wind Farm and Lavender Hill Farm of Niles, MI on being named amongst the 5 American Lavender Farms You Should Visit!!! http://www.indiebusinessnetwork.com/american-made-lavender/
A virtual visit to 5 Indie Business Network member lavender farmers and the products they make for you.
Happy Holidays again to all of our USLGA members, families, and friends. Safe travels on the road wherever you may be.
We are excited to announce and welcome seven new farms, individuals, and businesses to the USLGA family! Thank you for joining! Please say "Hello!" and give a great big "Welcome" to the following new members: -Charles Lucas of Albuquerque, NM -Keely Symons of Blanco, TX -Tim Davis of Thistledew Lavender Farm in Dickens, TX -Lori Volk of Lori’s Original Lemonade, LLC in Ventura, CA -Skip Morley of Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance in Portland, OR -Bianca White of McLean, VA -Jonathon Fidelibus of Saugas, CA
Exciting news concerning the USLGA website! The Member Product and Services Directory is up and running, just click on the Resources link on the website and check it out. You can find anything from a Grower who propagates Lavender to a member who distills, from a farm which provides tours to a Manufacture who makes cosmetics. This resource is available on the public side of the USLGA website and listings are available to all USLGA members. Wow, what a member benefit. If you are a member and do not see your listing in the directory be sure to check your profile page and update it. We want ALL of you listed so your farm and services are available to potential customers. http://www.uslavender.org/resources/member-products-and-services-directory/
Our members provide a variety of products, services, and offerings. Explore below to find a member with the product or service you are looking for!
Check out the new available tabs just above this posting by our logo! Using Pinterest and Twitter Apps can be important forces for messaging and an increased experience for your lavender farm and business. When you are looking to increase your presence and message here on Facebook for your friends and customers, think outside the box and see how a USLGA membership can help you. Not a member of USLGA? Cntact us and become a member today! We've got all kinds of exciting marketing tools in our garden shed to get you moving online!
I have a question for any of the growers in Michigan/ Indiana. Did anyone get an invite to the Great Lakes Lavender Growers at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 11th, 2014. I got one and was just wondering about it. Thanks!!
Wanted to share this fantastic post from one of our USLGA members, Lavender Pond Farm. Why is it worth sharing? Brand logos are stories of who we are, what helps shape the lavender businesses we build, are what connects members to each other, build relationships with our customers, and helps put lavender on the map in the areas we live and work in. What is your 'logo' story? Check out the post below and feel free to share with your fellow members!
Wanted to share this fantastic post from one of our USLGA members, Lavender Pond Farm. Why is it worth sharing? Brand logos are stories of who we are, what helps shape the lavender businesses we build, are what connects members to each other, build relationships with our customers, and helps put lavender on the map in the areas we live and work in. What is your 'logo' story? Feel free to share with your fellow members!
Do you know the story behind the LPF logo? We had originally contracted with a very awesome west coast designer to help develop our farm brand. Besides the obvious pretty purple plant, we wanted to recognize and pay tribute to the property that has become our farm and our home. The first picture shows the four original logos that were proposed. All very good but none really captured what we felt was the essence of what LPF was about. Just when we thought we would have to start over, our amazingly talented friend Kristen Anderson Photography sent us the sketch shown in photo two. She had nailed it. By incorporating our beautiful pond into the design plus the lavender and honey bee (a story for another day) she had captured the essence of Lavender Pond Farm. The final logo is shown in photo 3 and we couldn't be happier with it. What do you think? Chris, aka Lord Lavender, really liked logo #2 but was told it looked like it belonged on a yogurt container. Kristen is also a terrific photographer and will be back east this fall if you're local and interested in having some family photos done. We're big fans.
We would also like to welcome the following new members who registered at the NW Lavender Conference II in Portland, Oregon this past weekend. Please give them a warm welcome! 1. Dave and Nancy Lowe 2. Brent and Sara Whitehead 3. Dana and Eric Sineath 4. Gerald and Carolyn Page 5. Sequim Lavender Growers Association 6. Susan and Dan Garcia – Sunrise Lavender 7. Robin Foleen – Clairmont Gardens 8. Linda Boitano – Market Lavender 9. Brenda and Lonnie Wessley – Always Lavender Thyme 10. Kehaulani and Andrew Jones – Rowley Creek Farm 11. Susan Olson – The Lavender Connection 12. Suzi Kelly – Suzi’s Lavender 13. Tracy Ketts – Blue Willow Lavender Farm 14. Horst Neumann and Wendy Huntbatch – The Lavender Cottage