USLGA's Front Porch 
Previous Events

USLGA's Education and Research Committee hosts Front Porch webinars to share with and educate lavender lovers everywhere.

Nonmembers are encouraged to check out the benefits and pricing of membership prior to purchasing access for any Front Porch Event. Nonmember and non-grower/non-affiliate access to each event is $40 and is nonrefundable.

If you have an hour to an hour-and-a-half to sit on the front porch with a cup of coffee or glass of tea, a rocking chair or swing, a few cookies or a piece of fresh-out-of-the-oven apple pie … and a computer or smartphone … let’s get together and chat!

Did you miss a previous Front Porch Event? It's not too late to purchase access to recorded sessions. Please see the list below and then click on the year of the event:

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Front Porch Event - Better Data, Better Decisions: Standards of Excellence for Operational Data (5/10/24) -- This Front Porch Event is free of charge.  We invite you to view it here.

The USLGA strives to be the industry leader in knowing and sharing data relevant to the lavender industry. Each year, a survey (previously known as the Harvest Survey) is launched requesting operational and harvest-related data making this goal possible. This front porch event discusses the why’s and how’s for key data requested in the annual survey. Best practices are shared by a variety of farm and business representatives within the USLGA membership. Extensive supplemental forms are shared to simplify and routinize data collection associated with your operation.

Front Porch Event - Diversifying Your Revenue Stream - Turn your 6-week bloom time into year-round income (4/11/24) Presenter: Ellen Reynolds, Beagle Ridge

Are you wanting to turn your passion for growing lavender into an income-producing year-round business?
What do you do when your lavender has been harvested and you think you have nothing to bring customers to your farm?
What skills can you leverage to bring in more revenue?
Do you like to teach?
Do you live in a small town and wonder how you can survive on locals?
These questions are just a few of the issues we will discuss in our Front Porch session.

Front Porch Event - Value-Added Products: Lavender Use in Bath and Body Essentials (3/14/24)

Presenter: Dr. Cindy Jones, Sagescript Institute and Colorado Aromatics

Many lavender farmers consider the creation of value-added products as an extension of their crop production. Dr. Jones of Sagescript Institute offers several fundamental formulations of bath and body essentials, along with tips and considerations regarding insurance and labeling for those new to developing their lavender products.

Front Porch Event - Soil to Bloom: Soil Health & Fertility (2/8/24)
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Freeze, Director of Research and Development, Soil/Soil Health Testing, Ward Laboratories, Inc.

February is the month we celebrate love - but are your plants in love with their field's soil conditions?  How do you know - really?  And, what to do if that "lovin' feeling" is gone?

Front Porch Event - Farmers’ Markets (12/7/23)
Presenter: Julie Haushalter, White Oak Lavender Farm, and Tina Schooler, Raider West Lavender Farm

Farmer’s Markets across the country differ in size and frequency, but they are all excellent opportunities to sell products produced on your farm.  Join us with the best advice and best practices for a successful Farmer’s Market Experience

Front Porch Event - Mixology (10/12/23)
Presenter: Tina Schooler, Raider West Lavender Farm

Creating Cocktails and Non-Boozy Cocktails is fun and easier than you might think. This informative workshop will show you hands-on the art of creating cocktails from the 3 styles of cocktails, the spirits and the main ingredients to bar gear, and last but not least bar glassware.

Front Porch Event - Lavender Marketing Plan (8/10/23)
Panelists: Trish Dennis, Owner and Danielle Lee, Marketing/Event Coordinator, Indigo Lavender Farms 

Marketing a business is a necessary and steady process for any business to succeed. A well-planned and consistent Marketing Plan is vital. Join our panel of experienced and successful lavender farmers as they pay forward their best practices in Lavender Marketing.

Front Porch Event - Lavender Personal Products (6/22/23)
Speaker: Sarah Richards, Lavender Wind Farm

Selecting resale products that are right for you and your business is an important step for commercial lavender farmers. Unless you exclusively wholesale raw production, creating the right line of personal products is strategic and valuable. This webinar reviews a wide range of Lavender Personal Products from a production and marketing perspective allowing you the opportunity to make appropriate choices for your business.

Front Porch Event - Create a Business Plan Part 3: Financials (5/11/23)
Speaker: Christine Teeple, Red Rock Lavender

Building the right pricing structure for your lavender business is imperative for being both competitive and profitable, but it’s not the only consideration. Having a profitable return on investment includes many business aspects, and this webinar with Christine Teeple will lay the groundwork for creating a profitable lavender business with an excellent return on investment.

Front Porch Event - Create A Business Plan Part 2: Financials (3/9/23)
Speaker: Christine Teeple, Red Rock Lavender

In Part 1 of this series, we learned that a business plan is the road map required to take your ideas from a goal to a means for supporting your objective. Once you move from the Idea Board to building your Business Plan, it’s time to implement your Financial Plan. Join us for this continuing webinar series as Christine Teeple discusses the financial and goal-setting techniques to implement your business plan.

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