Blanco County lavender growers John and Bernadette McFarling (Rocking L Ranch), Sylvia Dunaway (Chantilly Lace Country Inn), Mitchell and Jane Stephens (M&J Lavender Farm), and Tex and Chelita Riley (The Meadows at Flat Creek), joined other Texas lavender growers and growers from as far away as Puerto Rico on February 18-20 to network and learn more about growing and marketing lavender at the 4th Southwest Lavender Conference in Kerrville, TX. This conference was sponsored by the Texas Lavender Association (TLA) and made possible by a specialty crop grant through the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Experts from around the U.S. with years of experience in the lavender industry shared tips from crop improvement to product marketing. Workshops by local growers included a soap-making demonstrations by Sylvia Dunaway and a lavender distillation demonstration by Mitchell Stephens. Sunday's bus tour included a tour of M&J Lavender Farm near Round Mountain before its final stop at Becker Vineyards. Information on this and other events sponsored by the TLA, in addition to member events, will soon be online at www.texaslavenderassociation.org.
The Texas Lavender Association is a Texas nonprofit corporation, the purpose of which is to promote the research, education, growth, market development, and distribution of lavender and lavender products.