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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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Victor has the most lavender experts on hand, ready to help!

July 14th, 2016 by S3

Lavender Experts Help You Out – We have five lavender experts on hand throughout this weekends Sequim Lavender Weekend to answer all of your questions—real time with real experts. There is no one in the valley who has this much knowledge and experience and they are ready to assist you.

THIS IS WHY VICTOR’S IS THE DESTINATION THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE TOTAL LAVENDER EXPERIENCE!Logo

SEQUIM LAVENDER WEEKEND JULY 15-17, 2016 ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION EVERY DAY!

Hours extended weekend hours:

  • Friday 9am-6pm
  • Friday 6pm-9pm Barn Dance with Joy in Mudville
  • Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm

Plants for Sale: We will have thousands of plants for sale. As one of the largest plant propagators in North America, we have the choice and selection you desire. And if you want fresh cut lavender, you can cut it in the fields, or we will cut if for you (same price) so you have the freshest lavender possible. An added bonus – terrific succulents grown and potted by Barb Landbeck.

Do you want to start a lavender farm? This is where to start. Victor’s has helped more than 300 farms throughout North America and in other countries including Morocco, Mexico???

 

Lots of Learning amidst the Lavender

July 13th, 2016 by S3

Spend Sequim Lavender Weekend, July 15-17 at Victor’s Lavender Farm Learning!

Victor Gonzalez

Victor Gonzalez

Victor will be here at the farm Sequim Lavender Weekend. When not conducting workshops you’ll be able to find him wandering the fields and chatting with visitors. A great opportunity to meet one of the nations foremost lavender experts.
Along with Victor’s workshops, Susan Harrington, CEO (Chief Education Officer as she likes to call it) of Labyrinth Hill Lavender will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday.
Ann Marie Craig, from West Bend, Wisconsin along with local Master Gardener Cindy Ericksen will be teaching a wand making workshop throughout the weekend.

Lavender Workshops

Friday, July 15
Noon-1:30 p.m. Victor Gonzalez Propagation, transplanting, winter care, plant rotation
3:30-5 p.m. Victor Gonzalez – Propagation, transplanting, winter care, plant rotation
Saturday, July 16
10-11:30 a.m. Victor Gonzalez – Pests, diseases, fertilization.
Noon-1:30 p.m. Susan Harrington – Lavender is more than a color
2-3:30 p.m. Victor Gonzalez  & Dr. Curt Beus – Pests, diseases, fertilization.
4-5:30 p.m. Susan Harrington – Lavender is more than a color
Sunday, July 17
11am-12:30pm Victor Gonzalez – Propagation, planting, fertilization
1-2:30 p.m. Susan HarringtonLavender is more than a color
3-4:30 p.m. Victor Gonzalez – Propagation, planting, fertilization

Full Festival Weekend highlights

Victor offer growing tips June 23 in Port Angeles

June 15th, 2016 by S3

Read all about it!

Victor Gonzales will present tips for growing lavender on the Olympic Peninsula at noon Thursday, June 23.

The presentation will be in the county commissioners’ meeting room (160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

It is part of the “Green Thumb Garden Tips” brown bag series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.

Gonzales will discuss how to select a variety of lavender that is suited for drying, culinary use or the landscaping needs of the home gardener.

He will offer descriptions of best practices of planting, including soil, irrigation, sunlight and spacing requirements, and explain the right way and best time for trimming lavender plants.

He will include time in his presentation to address the audience’s specific questions about growing lavender. Full details in today’s regional news: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160615/NEWS/306159994

Just a preview of the weekend full of great Lavender educational offerings Victor and team will be presenting at the 2016 Sequim Lavender Weekend

 

 

Lavender Lessons video series is ready to bloom!

March 9th, 2016 by S3

Victor has been hard at work – having fun – and sharing hours of insights and tips in his new 3 episode video series, “Lavender Lessons”.

Let us keep you informed, and offer you valuable savings, when “Lavender Lessons” debuts.

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Victor's "Lavender Lessons" Video Series

LAVENDER PLANT AVAILABILITY

September 7th, 2015 by Jacki

Lavender Plugs

Here is a heads up for all of you who wish to order lavender plants in plug size.

  • Plugs will be available through special order only.
  • All orders must be received not later than October 31st and delivery must be taken by the end of January.
  • There will be a minimum order of 4 trays.
  • Late orders will be available in select varieties only.
  • Please contact us for details and ordering.

Be sure to watch our site for our new order form. This will streamline the ordering process and make it much easier for you to submit your plant orders.

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Our Greenhouses are Full Again!!

November 21st, 2014 by Jacki


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Have we got lavender for you!

Our greenhouses are full to the brim once again with lavender plants waiting to make their home in your field or garden next spring. After our unexpected sell out last season we are really happy to see the greenhouses full again. We try to increase our plant production every year to accommodate the growing popularity of  lavender. Last year we maxed out our space as well as any vacant greenhouses we could find to meet the demand but it still just wasn’t quite enough. This year we are building another greenhouse here at the farm that will enable us to meet the ever increasing demand for lavender. Let’s hear it for the Lavender Industry!

If you are planning on planting in the spring – don’t wait to order. Get your orders in now so we can plan our propagation needs and guarantee that you will get the varieties you want.

If you are new to the business of lavender or you are thinking about starting a lavender farm now is a good time to contact us for a consultation. Learn from one of the countries top lavender experts. Victor can help you with any questions or concerns you might have. He will get you pointed in the right direction to produce your own thriving, healthy lavender plants.

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

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

 

The Lavender Project of La Colorada, Guanajuato Mexico

September 20th, 2013 by victor

Victor with The Lavender Project Group

Victor with The Lavender Project Group

My world travel continues – this time to Mexico. I am delighted when I have an opportunity to share my knowledge with people in other parts of the world who can truly gain from my experience. My volunteer work in these countries helps struggling, underdeveloped communities to become self sustaining and in turn continues to help the lavender industry as a whole survive worldwide.

I was recently contacted by a member of St. Anthony’s Alliance, a non-profit organization whose goal is to enhance the health and well being of people living in moderate to extreme poverty. (You can learn more about this great organization at http://www.stanthonysalliance.com/ ).  They asked if I would come to La Colorada, a small village in Guanajuato, Mexico, to share my knowledge and assist the community in expanding and marketing  their  lavender crop and products.

When I arrived, I was amazed at what they have accomplished in only seven years. With the help of St. Anthony’s, a new irrigation pump was purchased and the parched once fertile ground was soon growing lavender and corn, beans, alfalfa and soy beans. They have  grown from their initial 2  acre lavender field to raising thousands of plants. Enough lavender to provide jobs for many of the village residents. They are now drying, distilling and producing many value-added products. The men in the project, mostly farmers, now have gainful employment in their own village and need not risk leaving their families behind to seek uncertain employment across the border. The women, once with no hope of employment, are now producing the soaps and oils as well as wands, sachets and wreaths which they transport by donkey cart to sell at local markets. They now have a green house for propagating, acres and acres of land available for planting, a warehouse for drying, a commercial kitchen for making the soaps and oil and a sewing center where they make therapeutic neck and eye pillows. (A dream come true for any lavender farmer)

My mission was to find out why some of their plants would start off well and then just stop producing as well as to teach the villagers about planting methods and new varieties. To give them new insight on marketing and selling their products beyond the small local markets. I spent much time with the farmers, touring the fields and discussing the problems they were facing. I talked with them about which varieties were best suited to their location and their goals. I held a class to teach them new marketing methods and talk about other products they can begin producing.

It was a very good trip and I hope to be returning again soon to see how they are progressing. It was one of those trips where I think I came away with far more than I gave. It was so heartening to see these people once living in poverty and despair become a totally self sustaining community, able now to support themselves and their families. It is easy to understand why Teresa Balcomb and other members of St Anthony’s are so dedicated to helping these people. As well as the help St. Anthony’s Alliance has provided to the village of La Colorada there are many individuals living in nearby San Miguel, the largest town in the area, who are donating their time and experience to help change the way the people of Mexico are living. I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in this great humanitarian effort.

 

 

New Website for Victor’s Lavender!

November 16th, 2011 by victor

Victor's Lavender New WebsiteWe are so please to showcase our new website for Victor’s Lavender. This new custom website is built around a powerful CMS called WordPress. With wordpress Victor can now log in and make several edits himself. The new custom website also features a photo gallery and large header image areas to showcase his beutiful lavender farm, world travel experiences and his products.

When it comes to propagating lavender, Victor Gonzales is considered the North Olympic Peninsula’s resident expert. Victor is a wholesale lavender grower and supplier. He has successfully propagated more than one million lavender plants and counting. During the last decade, Victor’s green thumb has helped Sequim, Washington become the official lavender capital of North America.

Lavender Consulting

October 27th, 2011 by victor

When you have a question about lavender, ask Victor Gonzales, owner of Victor’s Lavender. Whether you are a new lavender farm owner, an experienced grower who needs information on the latest soil preparation techniques or a grower who wants help making your farm tourist friendly, Victor can help.

“My one-on-one consulting services are really more like a personalized eight-hour workshop,” Victor says. “It is not for people who just have a few questions. When I go into a consulting session, I literally start from the ground up to find ways to make their lavender and business healthier.”

Victor has helped lavender growers in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley save entire fields of the fragrant herb by providing advice on planting, irrigation and fertilizing techniques.

“I love the challenge of helping people,” he says. “I listen to their questions and then go over ways they can become more successful.”

Consulting fees vary depending on need, but generally start at $500 for a full, eight-hour day. When travel is required, additional travel-related costs will be billed. Consulting within a 100 miles of Sequim is $200 for no more than 2 hours consultation.

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