Is Lavender The Perfect Cash Crop For Small Growers?
Lavender farming can produce a substantial income for small growers. The fresh flowers are sold in bundles or used to make lavender oil, and the dried flower bunches are sold to florists and hobbyists for dried arrangements and wreaths. The harvested lavender is also used to make dozens of value-added products, from dried buds to aromatherapy products, skin-care products, sachets and herbal pillows. All are easy to make and in demand from consumers who love the scent of lavender. That’s the beauty of lavender – unlike other perishable crops, nothing goes to waste, and profits are year-round.
When Mike & Jadyne Reichner decided to try growing lavender, they started with just 19 plants and earned a first-year profit of $88. In the few years since then, they have expanded their growing area to 7 acres, with thousands of plants, dozens of value-added products like lavender soaps and potted lavender plants, and now gross over one million dollars a year!
Because demand for lavender and lavender products is booming, there is an opportunity for others to start growing lavender on a small scale as well, and cash in on the growth of the lavender business. Lavender farming can be a small as a backyard patch of a few dozen plants to acres of plants. For example, Rosemary Litz grows just 80 plants in her Colorado backyard, using the harvested lavender to create hand-crafted products she makes with her sewing machine such as decorative sachets and herbal pillows. As you can see, there is room in the lavender world for growers of all sizes. It’s an ideal part-time business that can produce a tidy income year-round.
I was blown away after reading your Lavender Farming eBook. I wished I had this information years ago when I started our lavender farm. It would have saved me thousands of dollars and tons of research time. Your book has it all, from where to get lavender starts all the way to how to market this great plant. I love it! Very detailed with marvelous links to necessary resources. I highly recommend this book to anyone starting out. Vivian Nielsen – www.gardengatelavender.com
Lavender is a long-lasting herb with a lifespan of 12-15 years in the ground. New plants are usually produced from cuttings, so it’s easy to replace older plants, expand your growing area or produce lavender plants for sale at almost no cost. In addition, because lavender is so easy to dry, it can be used to make value-added products year-round instead of just during the growing season.
You can start a lavender growing business with just a small amount of money – as little as a few hundred dollars for plant starts and hand tools. Lavender is an easy plant to grow, and is quite disease-free as long as you give the plants well-drained soil, as it hates wet feet.
Your lavender book is an in-depth how-to guide for starting a lavender business, with everything from preparation to harvesting, even how to make the profitable lavender-based products. My favorite is lavender soap, for the sweet smell of success! Greg Iacono, Colorado
Value-Added Lavender Products
Most lavender growers agree the best way for new growers to ensure their success is to “add value” by selling lavender products in addition to just fresh cut lavender flowers. Here are just a few examples of value-added products you can sell:
- Dried lavender bundles. Crafters and florists use dried lavender bunches to create floral arrangements, wreaths and other craft products. Drying the bunches is simple – just hang upside-down in a well-ventilated space.
- Sachets. There are dozens of uses for lavender sachets, so they are steady sellers at saturday markets, retail stores and to repeat customers. Sachets are used in bath bags, in closets and drawers as an air freshener, in the dryer to give clothes a delicate lavender fresh scent, and even in pillows to promote restful sleep. One enterprising grower wholesales thousands of decorative sachet bags to local retailers every year.
- Aromatherapy oil. Lavender oil is one of the most used essential oils, valued for it’s calming, soothing effect. Many growers sell the oil in small personal sized bottles as well as in personal care products like lotions, creams and shampoo.
- Lavender soap. This popular value-added product is always a big repeat seller and gift item. The affordable basic lavender bars are best-sellers.
- Lavender lotions. With markups of 500% to 1,000%, it’s no wonder so many cosmetics entrepreneurs have become millionaires! Unlike mass-market factory-made products, small growers can use their lavender oil to make lotions, creams, ointments and shampoos with all-natural ingredients.
These are just five of twenty value-added products covered in Lavender Farming that other successful small lavender growers are using to double and triple their profits. You can too. It doesn’t matter how much growing space you have, or gardening experience. If you can spare an hour a day, you can start growing lavender for profit.
I came across this book by accident and it must be one of the moments in my life when things just go the way I planned. The book is an absolute gold mine of information about lavender and turning lavender into a viable business venture. Without it I would be struggling to know exactly where to begin. This book covers a huge amount of information from choosing the type of lavender to grow to creating the finished goods for your customers. It explains the process from start to finish and provides additional links which are very useful for more in depth or specialized resources. It was great to hear the success stories from other growers and to get an in depth knowledge of the business aspects of being a lavender grower.
I would highly recommend this book to beginners to teach them what they need to know but it would also be a fantastic resource for more experienced growers as there are so many great ideas included in it. Louise McMillan – Great Britain
Here are just a few of the growing secrets you’ll learn in Lavender Farming:
- Top 10 proven varieties of English lavender for commercial growers … page 9.
- Top 5 lavender varieties for essential oil production … page 11.
- How to grow hundreds of free lavender plants to sell in your area. Propagation takes just 4-6 weeks … page 15.
- When and how to harvest lavender for maximum profits .. page 19.
- How to harvest lavender buds to make sachets and other value-added products … page 21.
- How to make lavender essential oil … page 22.
- 20 proven ways to add value to raw lavender and increase your profits 200% to 1,000% … page 26.
- What on earth is a “dream pillow” and why it could make a big difference in your profits … page 31.
- No time to make lavender lotions? Try this 5 minute shortcut … page 33.
- Help others with skin problems like acne or foot fungus and profit … page 36-38.
- 5 top lavender varieties for culinary use … page 39
- Pet care is big business. Here are 4 lavender-based products, complete with recipes … page 42-43.
- The best place for new growers to sell their lavender and lavender products for full retail prices … page 44-45.
- How to get a free web site to promote your lavender business … page 46-47.
- Wholesale growers that will sell to new lavender growers – with prices for plugs starting at around 75 cents! … page 49.
- Wholesale sources for ingredients in lavender personal care products like lotions and soaps … page 50-51.
- Wholesale sources for muslin and organza sachet bags, bottles, jars and soap molds … page 53-54.
I have always wanted to start a lavender farming business, but didn’t know where to turn. This book opened the door, and I learned everything I needed to get started and make money. All the requirements are clearly explained, including soil, fertilizer and harvesting. The chapter 20 Ways To Add Value helped me upgrade my offerings and further build my business. Highly recommended! Sheryl Stewart, New York
Lavender Farming covers all the essentials you’ll need to take your lavender business from startup to profitable. You’ll find helpful information on:
- How to pick the best lavender varieties for each use – cut flowers, essential oils, drying and potted plants to sell.
- Marketing tips to help you sell all you can grow.
- The best value-added products to make.
- Resources for commercial lavender growers, such as state and national groups.
Order Now and Start Growing!
If you want to learn how to start a lavender business, get your copy of Lavender Farming today! To make it affordable for you to get started in your own lavender business, I’m offering the book for only $21.95. But I urge you to hurry: This special low price of $21.95 is for a limited time only.
Lavender Farming is an eBook, delivered to you as an instant download to your computer so you can read it within minutes of placing your order. If you prefer a printed copy, you can print the book. No printer? No problem. Just email the book to a friend or local copy shop and they can print it for you. If you decide the book is not right for you, just let us know within 30 days, and you’ll get a full, prompt refund. The lavender business is thriving, and there has never been a better time to start your own lavender farm – in your backyard or on acreage. Each chapter is full of useful information, helpful advice and tips from lavender pros. In addition, a complete chapter of hard-to-find resources helps ensure your success.
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