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BC Lavender Workshop

October 29th, 2014 by Jacki

Ping Liang, Victor Gonzalez and Soheil Mahmoud at the 2014 BC Lavender Workshop

Dr. Ping Liang, Victor Gonzalez and Dr. Soheil Mahmoud visit the lavender research plot at the University of BC, Kelowna during the 2014 BC Lavender Workshop

Victor is back from the Lavender Workshop in Kelowna, B.C.. The workshop included growers, marketers and biological researchers and was very enlightening. Of particular interest was the research they are conducting on the plants and the essential oils produced particularly by the Grosso variety. In a segment presented by Dr. Soheil Mahmoud and Lauren Erland from the Department of Biology,  Univ. of BC, Kelowna it was shown that Grosso produces up to six times more oil than related species. These essential oils are used in personal care products, cosmetics, aromatherapy and alternative medicines. According to Dr. Mahmoud,  there are also indications that these oils might have additional use industrial applications. Ping Liang, Associate Professor for the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University in Ontario spoke about their work in genomic sequencing, the recent lavender genome project and some future applications of the genome sequencing data gathered. This time consuming and expensive research can only mean good things for the lavender industry worldwide.

In addition to the academic presentations, by Dr. Mahmoud, Dr. Liang, Lauren Erland, Ayelign Mengesha and Lukman Sarker, Victor spoke about the characteristics of the typical US lavender farm and issues facing the lavender industry. Ben Sutton of Sacred Mountain Lavender provided an overview of their business and operations and Andrea McFadden of the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm spoke on overcoming the challenges facing small scale lavender farms working to create a successful agro-tourism business.

We hope to find a way to assist these dedicated people in their research to advance lavender and it’s many possible uses. We will continue to stay in contact with them, perhaps we can help by supplying some plants for their research gardens. This research can only help the lavender growers and the industry. Just think about the possibilities.

Join Us at the 2014 Northwest Women’s Show

February 14th, 2014 by victor

Logo             NW WOMEN'S SHOW


Mark your calendars!
You won’t want to miss the 26th Annual
Northwest Women’s Show.

Come visit me and Barb Landbeck (many of you may know her from Moose Dreams Lavender) at our booth!  We will be participating for the first time this year and we are very excited about it. We will have our booth packed full of our great lavender products. Come early……..We’ll be giving away  a free Lavender Guest Soap to the  first 50 people who visit our booth!

This is a great show that honors Women Entrepreneurs from all over the Northwest. Now celebrating its 26th year, this show has it all. Come meet some these women, learn their secrets of success. Maybe you’ve been thinking of starting a business of your own – this is a great place to gather a wealth of information. All of these people started with an idea too. Learn from somebody who’s been there. Three stages will be set up so there will be speakers most all day every day. Victor Gonzalez (that’s me) and Barbara Landbeck  will be among the speakers at this event. We will be sharing information on our product production, the benefits of lavender essential oil and marketing. Time permitting – I may even talk about plants. We will keep you posted as to the stage, time and date of our presentation. With 400  booths and exhibits there’s sure to be something for everyone.  From gardening (close to our hearts), crafting and cuisine to fitness and philanthropy, the list just goes on and on.

Please come visit our booth at Century Link Field Event Center in Seattle, March 21-23. Look for our ‘Victor’s Lavender’ sign in booth #1419 located on the corner by the Wine Garden (how lucky can you get?!) We’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and to meeting a lot of new folks who are interested in the Business of Lavender.

You can check out this link for more information on some of the featured speakers and events during the this year’s show

We look forward to seeing you there!