Starting a Lavender Farm

Jul 9, 2024 | Family Business, News, Tips & Tricks

Lavender Creek: Starting a Lavender Farm

Welcome to Lavender Creek, a lavender farm nestled in the golden rolling hills of Monterey County, California that’s all about spreading relaxation, comfort, and lavender love. Today, we are excited to share a special video produced by American AgCredit, featuring drone footage of our farm and an insightful interview with co-founders, Ryan and Myriah. In this post, we will talk about our journey, the benefits of lavender farming, and the invaluable support we received from American AgCredit.

How to Start a Lavender Farm and Business

Starting a lavender farm can be a rewarding and fulfilling venture. Here are the essential steps to get you started:

  1. Select the Right Location: Lavender thrives in well-drained soil and requires plenty of sunlight. Choose a location with good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases in the roots.
  2. Prepare the Soil: Test your soil pH and adjust it to be slightly alkaline, around 6.5 to 7.5. Lavender prefers sandy or loamy soil with good drainage.
  3. Choose the Right Varieties: There are many varieties of lavender. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) can be grown in cooler climates and is popular for its fragrance and versatility. French lavender (Lavendula intermedia) is known for its large size and the volume of essential oil it produces. Select varieties that are suited to your climate, preferences, and goals.
  4. Planting: Plant lavender in rows, spacing plants about 2 to 3 feet apart depending on the variety of lavender. Spring is the best time for planting.
  5. Watering and Maintenance: Lavender is drought-tolerant once established. Water young plants regularly but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Prune annually to maintain shape and promote growth.
  6. Harvesting: Harvest lavender when the buds are just about to open. Cut the stems in the morning after the dew has dried but before the heat of the day.

Starting a lavender farm requires patience and dedication, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

The Benefits of Growing Lavender

Lavender offers numerous benefits, making it a great business choice:

  • Environmental Benefits: Lavender is a low-maintenance crop that requires minimal water and pesticides. It also attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, supporting biodiversity. Our lavender irrigation system, which helps our plants through hot summers, is 100% sustinably powered by solar (and gravity) to help us further limit the ecological impact of our farming.
  • Economic Benefits: Lavender has been in demand for thousdands of years. Products, such as essential oils, dried flowers, and lavender sachets can provide a steady source of income.
  • Therapeutic Benefits: Lavender is renowned for its calming and soothing properties. It is widely used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Lavender Creek supplies dozens of health systems, hospitals, medical offices, skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare busineses. You can read more about how we support healthcare and Code Lavender by clicking here.

Growing lavender provides many benefits for the planet, people, and if you do it right, your business too.

Our Journey: From Corporate Life to Lavender Farming

Ryan and Myriah, the co-founders of Lavender Creek, bring a unique blend of expertise to their lavender farming venture. Ryan’s decade of experience in sales management, where he successfully launched new products onto major retail shelves like Target, provided a strong foundation for managing and marketing our lavender products. His background has helped us to understand our customer’s needs so our products reach a broader audience.

Myriah complements this with her impressive 20-year background in accounting and finance. Her expertise in financial planning, budgeting, and strategic management has been foundational in steering Lavender Creek toward sustainable growth. Myriah’s attention to detail and financial expertise have helped us navigate the financial complexities of starting and running a farm. Her skills ensure that our operations are not only efficient but also financially sound, allowing us to reinvest in our farm and continuously improve our products and services.

The transition from corporate careers to lavender farming was driven by a shared passion to build a business together that was rooted in nature and beneficial to people and planet. Our journey has been filled with challenges and triumphs, but our combined expertise has kept us motivated and on the path to success.

The Role of American AgCredit in Our Success

Starting a lavender farm can require significant investment and financial support. American AgCredit has been instrumental in our journey, providing the necessary funding and resources to help Lavender Creek grow. Their support has enabled us to invest in the land and supplies needed to start our farm and their expertise in AG helped us to feel confident doing so.

Working with their marketing team has also been a wonderful experience and we are so thankful for their support as well!

Tips for Running a Successful Lavender Farm

Running a lavender farm involves more than just growing the plants. Here are some tips for managing and marketing your lavender farm:

  • Diversify Your Products: Offer a range of lavender products, including essential oils, dried flowers, and lavender-infused items. This helps attract a broader customer base.
  • Engage with the Community: Participate in local farmers’ markets and community events to build relationships and increase brand awareness. This has been a key element to our success.
  • Leverage Social Media: Use platforms like Instagram and Facebook to showcase your farm, share your journey, and connect with customers.
  • Agritourism: Agricultural tourism or agritourism is a great way to drive more business, connect with customers, and diversify your revenue streams. Lavender Creek is not currently set up for visitors but this is something we would love to offer as we grow!

By diversifying your products and engaging with your community, you can create a thriving lavender farm.

The Future of Lavender Creek

We believe in the power of lavender to bring comfort and well-being to people’s lives, and we are excited to see where this journey takes us. We are excited about products like our Lavender Refreshment Towels and their ability to soothe our customers in healthcare, hospitality, retail, and more. We also look forward to establishing the Lavender Creek property into a venue for guests and events!

Conclusion

We hope our story inspires you to explore the world of lavender farming and discover its many benefits! Whether you are looking to start your own farm or simply enjoy the calming properties of lavender, there is something magical about this versatile plant.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. We look forward to sharing more about our lavender farm and the wonderful products we create. Stay tuned for more updates from Lavender Creek!