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Read All About it! Lavender farms seen as tourist draw

November 10th, 2016 by S3

Victor was recently in Sauk County Wisconsin meeting with economic development officials and local lavender producers to share insights on developing Lavender Farms as a tourism destination.

Victor (3rd from left) meets with local Mayor and Sauk County, WI officials to share insights and encouragement of Lavender's economic potential.

Victor (3rd from left) meets with local Mayor and Sauk County, WI officials to share insights and encouragement of Lavender’s economic potential.

Sauk County, home to 3 new lavender farms in the past three years, is encouraged by Victor’s assessment:

“Sequim, Washington, had only one lavender farm 20 years ago,” Gonzalez said. “I have now propagated over 1 million plants with over 400 varieties and our industry has grown and adds $4 million to the city of Sequim’s economy each year during their annual lavender festival. Sequim’s population is only 4,500 people, so it’s a huge impact.”

Today Sequim boasts over 20 lavender farms, welcoming million of lavender seekers annually.

Read the full article and contact Victor for professional Lavender business insights 

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Global Lavender Ambassador

June 27th, 2015 by S3

The Apple’s have Johnny

The Rodent’s have their Pied Piper

Lavender has Victor!

Here is Victor - checking the temperature of the lavender plants.

Here is Victor – checking the temperature of lavender plants.

As a global lavender Ambassador Victor has traveled extensively providing growing and economic development insight to farmers from Oulmès, Morocco Africa to La Colorada, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Always in demand for his consulting and growing skills, Victor is happy to call Sequim, Washington the home of his inviting and globally prominent Victor’s Lavender Farm.

BERGSTROM UPSON

Victor’s trip to Oulmès Africa

November 23rd, 2011 by victor

Victor recently visited the region of Oulmès in Africa on assignment for the Farmer to Farmer Consortium as a Lavender Production Expert. In his 15 days, Victor met with the Al Khozama cooperative to assist with the introduction of officinal lavender and to train members to improve lavender production.

Oulmès is a small village situated in the Middle Atlas in the Province of Khèmisset, the village is about 150 km northeast of Rabat.

The natural environment of Oulmès consists of plains, mountains and hills, trays and depressions. The soil of Oulmès is divided into brown hydromorphes soils, sandy brown hydromorphes soils, rocky soils, tier soils, and Litho soils. The climate is sub-humid with a cold and wet winter, fresh and dry summer, and 36 rainy days on average a year. The region received some snow between December and March and there are periods of frequent frosts of December till May.

Some of the objectives of Victor’s assignment was to identify and analyze the existing varieties and determine their compositions in order to know the valuation of limits; identify the diseases provoking the decay of plantations and production and training on the manufacturing of cosmetics and therapeutic products with existing plants.

View some of the photos from Victor’s Trip to Africa:

Victor’s trip to the country of Lebanon

October 27th, 2011 by victor

About his trip to the country of Lebanon
Victor would like to share about his experience with you about his assignment he did with ACDI VOCA Farmer to Farmer Program. Financed by Land O’ Lakes International Development. I spent 2 weeks in the beautiful country of Lebanon. Where the people are warm, friendly and helpful people. Most of the Lebanese speak English. The main objective of the assignment was to design a model for lavender production area and an associate processing plant for the production of lavender essential oil.

Project Description:

LebanonACDI/VOCA is a leader in the use of expert volunteers in international development work. Over the years, we have placed expert volunteers in over 130 developing countries and emerging democracies. Short-term volunteer consultants advise local farmers on technology transfer, quality control, product diversity, business strategy and human resources management, among other agribusiness issues. With the volunteers’ expertise, ACDI/VOCA works to improve the quality and viability of agricultural support institutions and financial institutions that provide much-needed resources to the agricultural sector.

Lebanon LavenderThrough the use of these volunteers, ACDI/VOCA is implementing a new, five-year, USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (FtF) program in Egypt and Lebanon. This $7.24 million Middle East and North Africa (MENA) FtF program is being implemented through a consortium with Land O’ Lakes and Winrock International. Through FtF, ACDI/VOCA helps strengthen five components of the producer-to-market agricultural system: farm production, post-harvest handling, intermediate and final processing, retail and wholesale sales, and local and regional markets.
ACDI/VOCA will field 117 expert volunteers through FtF in Lebanon.

FtF Lebanon focuses specifically on strengthening the horticulture and small ruminant livestock industries throughout the country. Through the planned 117 volunteer consultants, ACDI/VOCA will address value chain constraints in these industries in order to increase agricultural productivity and profitability. Over the life of the project, ACDI/VOCA will provide technical assistance to 2,340 direct beneficiaries and 18,720 indirect beneficiaries. With a centrally located office in the capital, ACDI/VOCA is well positioned to reach beneficiaries throughout the country. In particular, FtF Lebanon will work in Akkar, Zgharta, Arsal, Mount Lebanon, North Lebanon, the Bekaa Valley and South Lebanon.

Historically Lebanon has been the region’s premier supplier of apples, oranges, cherries, peaches and other stone fruit products. Over the last two decades, however, other countries have made inroads into Lebanon’s fresh fruit market. Through FtF, ACDI/VOCA works to increase domestic production levels to meet local demand and provide incentives for import substitution. It also works on increasing the potential for export markets in which Lebanon can assume a strong competitive advantage over neighboring countries.

LebanonTo this end, FtF Lebanon works with producers to enhance the competitiveness of fresh fruit and vegetable producers by improving farm management, production yield, product quality, and post-harvest handling. Working with farmer groups, small and medium-sized enterprise cooperatives and individual farmers, volunteer consultants improve practices in plowing, fertilization and natural resource management. Leveraging ACDI/VOCA-established pilot plants, FtF Lebanon is introducing value-added processing techniques, thereby increasing farmers’ revenues. In addition, FtF Lebanon addresses business management issues within horticul-ture producer associations, cooperatives and individual farmers. This includes ACDI/VOCA’s Farming as a Business approach, quality control, business development and access to finance.

FtF Lebanon also focuses on enhancing the competitiveness of the small ruminant livestock industry in Lebanon. Currently, Lebanon imports approximately 70 percent of its milk and milk by-product consumption and 85 percent of its consumption of meat products. Working with associations, cooperatives, smallholder goat and sheep farmers and processors, ACDI/VOCA provides targeted volunteer assistance to improve farm management, animal health, milk handling, processing and quality control to increase production levels and quality and to increase small ruminant farmers’ income. Technical assistance is aimed at improving fodder varieties, diversification of feed resources, and improved quality of feed, as well as improving the availability and cost of vet services, annual vaccination, and general information on animal health programs. A second focus in this industry is improving small ruminant producers’ business management practices. FtF volunteer consultants aid producers in identifying new markets, improving access to finance and increasing processor incomes.

Country Description:
INTRODUCTION AND GEOGRAPHY
Map of Lebanon

Area: Lebanon lies at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea north of Israel and west of Syria.
Population: 3,971,941 (2008 est.)
Capital City: Beirut
Peoples: Lebanese 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1%
Languages: Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes and Armenian.
Currency: Lebanese Lira (L.L)

1 USD = 1500 L.L (March 08, 09)
Time Zone: GMT + 2/ +3 in Summer

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