Sequim Lavender Fair™  -  
July 18-20, 2014
Tour de Lavender™  -  
August 2-3, 2014



Sequim International Lavender Conference™ - TBA

The 2012 Conference is over! It was a fantastic four days of learning and loving lavender. We have new friends and colleagues from throughout North America, Australia, England, and Puerto Rico. A date for the next Sequim International Conference has not been established at this time. If you were not on the list to receive information about the next conference and are interested, just send your farm name (if you have a farm), your name, your email and contact information to: info@sequimlavenderfarms.org.

Join lavender colleagues from around the world at the next lavender conference to be held in Sequim, Washington - where lavender farmers have been growing and marketing lavender for nearly two decades. This unique conference will combine workshops in the classroom with boots on the ground (you might even get them muddy) at many of the world famous Sequim Lavender Farms.
 
Internationally renowned experts and the Sequim farmers, will deliver a broad spectrum of vital information that will equip you to develop your lavender farm to its full potential.
 
Whether you are an experienced farmer or just getting started, this conference will provide you with an opportunity to learn from the best about what to do ... and what not to do.
 
See how the Sequim farmers have utilized their land in various ways, balancing the geography of their sites, their individual personalities, and their acquired knowledge and experience. Each farm has a story to tell!
 
You'll also learn how to develop special events that will enhance agritourism and attract tourists to your own farm and gift shop. Even if you are not a farmer but love lavender and its many uses, you'll find plenty of helpful insight. This comprehensive conference focuses on the farming of lavender as well as on product development and lavender's diversity of applications and uses. 
 

 
Come, Learn and Share with fellow lavender farmers from around the world as you experience the International Lavender Conference in sunny Sequim!

Welcome to the International Lavender Conference

 

Sequim, Washington
"America's Provence"

Sequim Lavender Farms

Sequim Holiday Inn Express and Conference Center - A beautiful new facility with excellent conference rooms and lodging.

Sequim Lavender Farms - Come, see and learn from the legacy farms which have made Sequim famous for lavender!
Special Announcement: Become an Associate Member to enjoy benefits including:

- Exclusive association with the Sequim lavender farmers and their wealth of experience in lavender agritourism.
- Two complimentary tickets to the annual Sequim Lavender Farm Faire Faire program mailed prior to the faire
- Choice of SLFA sports cap or Faire poster
- Exclusive access to an association Facebook page for member discussion - Membership Directory listed by name on web site (individual or business name)
- Vendor listing by category
Calendar of Events (first national calendar of events)
- SLFA Associate Member Logo (suitable for website & media use)


2012 Conference Schedule (The four topics included aroma-therapy, culinary, growing lavender, and agri-tourism.)  

A "must-attend" conference if you enjoy, grow or market lavender!
2012 International Conference Guest Speakers
Speaker Bios - Downloadable

Dr. Tim Upson at Cambridge University

Dr. Tim Upson (Keynote Speaker) - Co-author of The Genus Lavandula (the lavender bible) and Curator of Cambridge University's 40 acre Botanic Garden in Cambridge, UK, Dr. Tim Upson trained as a horticulturalist at Kew and pursued a doctorate on lavender at the University of Reading. Having monographed the lavender bible with Susyn Andrews in 2004 and having hosted an international lavender conference in 2009, his current interest is in combining systematics with an understanding of the diversity of essential oils to discover potential new uses. Dr. Upson has published many papers and popular articles on lavenders, and is widely recognized as a leading authority who combines academic acumen with practical expertise and skill.

Dr. Curtis Beus - Served as the Washington State University Extension Director and Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent in Clallam Country, Washington for 15 years. He has a undergraduate degree in Animal Science, a Master's degree in Adult Education and a PhD in Rural Sociology from WSU. While directing the WSU Extension programs in Clallam County, Dr. Beus focused much of his rural development work in the area of agricultural tourism. Much of his time was spent on developing programs aimed at revitalizing a rapidly declining local farm economy, developing alternative agricultural systems and products, direct marketing of farm products, farmland preservation and promoting agritourism and other diversification strategies for farms and rural businesses in a rapidly changing economy.

Ann Harman - Owner of Morning Myst Botanics, a thriving herbal business that specializes in "artisan crafted" products for the natural health industry. She works closely with naturopaths, aromatherapists and massage therapists. Ms. Harman distills fresh, organic hydrosols for therapeutic use in naturopathic clinics. Ann studied botany at Colorado State University and is an herbalist who has been growing, using and making herbal products for 25 years, in addition to being a popular speaker. Her research includes a study of the effects of hydrosols on different types of cancers.

Kathy Gehrt - Author of Discover Cooking with Lavender and passionate about food, cooking and gardening. Her work has appeared in Mother Earth News, The Gilded Fork, and various newsletters and blogs. Kathy has been a featured speaker at the Oregon Lavender Festival, the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire, the Southwest Lavender Conference and the Sequim Lavender Conference. Kathy belongs to the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Northwest Perennial Alliance. Sharing her recipes and demonstrating cooking techniques, Kathy has appeared at the Pacific Culinary Studio, Dish It Up, Bayview School of Cooking, Made In Washington, Swansons Nursery, Sky Nursery and at Columbia Winery.
Michelle Thibert - Lmp, Aromatherapist. Michelle's love for plants started when she was a young girl, helping in flower and vegetable gardens with her mother and father. Her passion for plants continued to grow as she studied horticulture in high school and college. Michelle is a graduate of Brenneke School of Massage and The East West School for Herbal & Aromatic Education. Michelle has completed various certificates in energy work and has been a student of Spiritual PhytoEssencing (creating soul blends with essential oils). In 2009 Michelle began her journey into natural perfumery with Ayala Moriel Perfumes in Vancouver, B.C. Michelle is the owner of Soulscents & Bodywork in Enumclaw, WA specializing in massage therapy, energy work, aromatherapy, and flower essences. As senior instructor for the East West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, she teaches Aroma 101 foundations and co-teaches with Jade Schutes Aroma 201 Masters Apprenticeship program. Michelle is an international instructor for Australian Bush Flower Essence Co. Michelle enjoys creating natural body and skincare products for nurturing body, mind, and spirit.

Sarah Bader - Sarah is the owner of Lavender at Stonegate in West Linn, OR, and author of the new book, The Lavender Lover’s Handbook. She purchased her farm in 2000 and, in 2003, following a visit to Sequim lavender farms, decided to plant her first plot of lavender. She acquired starts from a wholesale supplier, but once the plants bloomed she realized that close to 70% of them were mislabeled. Out of that frustrating experience came an opportunity to find out what they really were and to research lavender growers in the area. In 2006, she planted nearly 5000 plants, with over 80 cultivars of lavender. This gave her a firsthand opportunity to find out which ones are good for what purposes. 

Many of the Sequim lavender farmers will be speaking and holding workshops that will highlight their strengths and invaluable experience gleaned over years of lavender cultivation and marketing.