Conference Schedule (please note, the schedule is subject to change, so please check back regularly for updates) 

Wednesday, January 23

4:30 – 6:30p                 Pre-conference and conference check-in

Thursday, January 24

7:00a – 7:00p               Continued pre-conference and conference check-in

8:30a – 5:00p               Plantation tour buses depart at 8:30am from front entrance

8:30a – 5:00p               How to Start a Lavender Farm

8:30a – 5:00p               The Art and Science of Distillation

7:00p – 9:00p               Welcome reception and “Successful Business Practices” panel discussion

Friday, January 25

6:30 – 7:30a                 Morning yoga (optional)

7:00 – 8:00a                 Continued check-in

8:00 – 8:30a                 Welcome and introductions

8:30 – 10:00a               Donna Maria from Indie Networking

10:00 – 10:30a             Regional updates 

10:30 – 10:45a             Break with our vendors 

10:45 – 12:00p             Growing Your Business breakout session:

                                       “How to make a Profit” for mid-experienced growers 

                                       Diversifying your products & services breakout session:

                                       “Agri-tourism and Diversification Ideas”

                                        Lavender Farming breakout session:

                                       “Introduction to Lavender” 

12:00 – 1:30p               Lunch & networking 

1:30 – 2:45p                 Growing Your Business breakout session:

                                       “Lavender Products – What sells”

                                       Diversifying your products & services breakout session:

                                       “Soap Making Hands-On Demonstration”  

                                       Lavender Farming breakout session:

                                       “Organic versus Naturally Grown Certifications”

2:45 – 3:15p                 Break with our vendors 

3:15 – 4:30p                 Growing Your Business breakout session:

                                       “Effectively Presenting your Lavender Business to the Public”

                                       Diversifying your products & services breakout session:

                                       “Beekeeping”

                                       Lavender Farming  breakout session:

                                       “Soil preparation, nutrient requirements, irrigation” 

4:30 – 5:00p                 Visit our vendors

6:00 – 8:00p                 Dinner buffet & coffee with our vendors

Saturday, January 26

6:30 – 7:30a                 Morning yoga (optional)

8:00 – 9:00a                 USLGA Annual Meeting 

9:15 – 11:00a               Keynote: Lela Barker from Lucky Break Consulting 

11:00 – 11:15a             Break with our vendors

11:15 – 12:30p             Growing Your Business breakout session:

                                       “Community Economy Workshop" 

                                       Diversifying your products & services breakout session:

                                       “Lavender for Culinary”

                                       Lavender Farming breakout session:

                                       “Farm Equipment”

12:30 – 2:00p               Lunch & Networking 

2:00 – 3:15p                 Growing Your Business breakout session:

                                       “Wholesale Strategy”

                                       Diversifying your products & services breakout session:

                                       “Planning a Lavender Festival”

                                       Lavender Farming breakout session:

                                       “Phytophthora Update with Dr Jeffers”

3:15 – 3:30p                 Break with our vendors

3:30 – 4:45p                 Growing Your Business breakout session:

                                       “Legal and Insurance – What you need to know” 

                                       Diversifying your products & services breakout session:

                                       “Distillation Panel”

                                       Lavender Farming breakout session:

                                       “Propagation – How to and pitfalls to avoid”

4:45 – 5:30p                 Closing Session

5:30p                             Dinner on your own