Friday, July 10, 2009

Lavender Harvest Workshop

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute

Wednesday July 22
Lavender Harvest Workshop
Lavender Ridge Farm

9 a.m. – 4 p.m
7450 West 4th Street

"Western Nevada College continues its program to develop small farm agriculture in Nevada with three summer harvest workshops. The first workshop will be held during lavender harvest season.

A daylong workshop will include sessions on growing and harvesting lavender, beekeeping, sales and marketing, and adding value to farm products.

Cost is $25 if registered by July 19, $30 after July 19, and includes a lunch prepared with locally-grown food.

Kristen and Mike Harris, owners of Lavender Ridge Farm, will be the featured speakers. Participants will tour the lavender field of more than 2,000 plants, view the distillation process, and tour the farm amenities including an event center, water feature, nursery, and gift shop.

Lavender Ridge was established on the site of a farmstead dating back to the 1920's. The farmhouse, barn, and several buildings were preserved and are currently in use.

The workshop will also include a session on the business of beekeeping, presented by Leonard Joy of Joy's Honey Farm. Joy has been keeping bees for more than 30 years and currently has 85 hives throughout northern Nevada. Other workshop sessions will focus on the importance of sales and marketing to increase farm profitability.

To register, contact Ginny Dugan, 775-423-5186, or visit WNC’s website."

[text and graphic from WNC press release.]

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