United States Lavender Conference 2023


View our list of Topics and learn more about the Speakers.

(Note: all times are in Pacific Time)

Day/Time Activity Speaker
Thursday Pre-Conference Day  



8:00 AM

Culinary Pre-Conference Workshop  
How to Start a Lavender Farm Pre-Conference Workshop  
Agritourism Pre-Conference Workshop  


6:00 pm

Vendors Open  
Reception with the Vendors  
Friday Day 1  
6:30 am - 7 am Optional Morning Activity: Meditation Tea Service Penelope Woodhouse
7 am - 8 am Registration  
8 am - 8:30 am General Session: Intro, Announcements  
8:30 am - 10:00 am Keynote Session: Lavender Biology: How Understanding Your Plants Can Help Your Lavender Farm Succeed Clive Larkman
10:00 am - 10:45 am Break with Vendors




10:45 am - 12:00 pm 

Tea Blending, Adding Lavender to Your Teas, Packaging & Labeling Angela McDonald
Equipment Panel & Demo Speakers: Ricardo Besel (Besel Lavender Processor), Jason Pelak (A.T. Ferrell Company) Bill Jabs (Starr Harvesting)
How to Find the Workers Your Farm Needs

Speakers: Alice Marrin, Pleasant Valley Lavender; Julie Haushalter, White Oak Lavender, Kristen Sandoz Wayward Winds Lavender. Moderator: Joanne Voelcker, Mt Airy Lavender

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch with Vendors, Round Table Topics


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm 

Culinary Photography & Farm Photography Nancy Baggett & Michael Shay
Is Fertilizer In Your Lavender Farm's Future? Clive Larkman




2:15 pm - 3:00 pm 

Lavender: For Health, Wellness, and Aromatherapy Professor Amanda Lattin, Dean of Aromatherapy at the American College of Healthcare Sciences
How to Connect and Collaborate to Grow Your Bottom Line Marilyn Kosel
 Financial Assistance Programs Available through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Claire Tachella & Alice Marrin
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Break with Vendors
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner in G/S Room
Saturday Day 2  
6:30 am - 7 am Optional Morning Activity: Meditation Tea Service Penelope Woodhouse
8:30 am - 9:15 am General Session, Announcements, Annual Meeting  
9:15 am - 10:35 am Scents & Sensibility-Pacific Northwest and Other Recent Lavender Cultivars, Plus Trends in the Lavender Trade Christine Mulder & Andrew Van Hevelingen
11:00 am - 11:45 am Break with Vendors
Make appointments w/vendors




11:45 am - 12:30 pm 

Lavender Distillation-Taking It To The Next Level Dr. Michael Lemmers
Let's Talk Terpenes: Knowing and Utilizing the Powerful Plant Chemicals Behind the Flavor, Aroma and Calming Properties of Lavender Dr. Concetta DiRusso 

Best in Class-A Proven Formula for Teaching Lavender Wreath-Making and Other How-To Classes on Your Farm

Beth Hammerberg
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch with Vendors



2:00 pm - 3:15 pm 

Measuring Lavender Harvests  
Lavender Diseases: The Experts Are In!
Dr. Steven Jeffers and Melodie Putnam
Farming the Transition: Are you jumping in or bailing out? Bruce McCloskey, Mike Neustrom, Kristi Hilliker, Tyler Saltonstall, Sarah Richards 
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break with Vendors


3:30 pm - 4:45 pm 

Product ideas (Panel) Janice Cox, Steve Biedenger & Beth Hammerberg
To Bee or Not to Bee-Are Honey Bee Hives a Good Fit for Your Farm? Carolyn Breece, Honey Bee Lab, OR State U.
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Closing Session  
6:00 pm Optional Evening Session: Lavender in Southern France—A Heartwarming Historical Chat Jean-Paul Grimaud


*Schedule is subject to change

Open registration for the conference is closed - contact us to see if any seats are still available.