July 9, 2010

WNC Workshop Friday, July 9

Learn About Growing Commercial Lavender

Fields at Lavender Ridge Farm, Reno
Fields at Lavender Ridge Farm, Reno

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute announces a commercial lavender production and sales workshop Friday, July 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Lavender Ridge Farm, 7450 W. 4th St. in Reno. Cost is $35 if registered by June 30; $45 after June 30. Includes lunch.

The workshop is intended for new and experienced farmers interested in starting a lavender farm or business. Classroom and on-farm instruction will focus on commercial lavender production, from plant selection through harvest and marketing. Topics include site selection, soils, irrigation, pests and diseases, lavender varieties and their uses, harvesting and pruning, oil distillation and product and market development.

Featured speaker Curtis Beus, of Washington State University Extension, is a nationally known expert on commercial lavender production. Beus has worked with lavender growers for more than a decade and has been instrumental in development of the lavender industry and Sequim Lavender Festival in Washington.

Lavender plants at the farm will be ready or near ready to harvest, and Beus will demonstrate how to harvest and prune mature lavender plants. Participants will also tour Lavender Ridge Farm including the lavender field of more than 2,000 plants, the event center, water feature, nursery and gift shop.

The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative education program to teach alternative farming methods, allowing growers to diversify from low-value crops to high-value, direct-marketed specialty crops; increase per-acre return; and manage water efficiently. It is made possible with funding from the Nevada Department of Agriculture and USDA/AMS through the Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Info: Ann Louhela at 775-351-2551 or louhelaa@wnc.edu.

Press Release: June 3, 2010

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