Lavender growers and lavender lovers from all over will be in Sequim on April 27-30 for the industrywide Sequim International Lavender Conference™. Sponsored by the nonprofit Sequim Lavender Farmers Association and headquartered at the Sequim Holiday Inn Express, the conference combines indoor workshops with hands-on sessions at Sequim lavender farms.
Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Tim Upson, co-author of “The Genus Lavandula,” known as the lavender bible, and curator of Cambridge University’s 40-acre botanic garden in Cambridge, England. Upson is widely recognized as a leading authority who combines academic acumen with practical expertise.
Presenters also include Dr. Curtis Beus, former Washington State University Extension director for Clallam Country; Jade Shutes, director of education at the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Education, master aromatherapist and co-author of “Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers”; Kathy Gehrt, author of “Discover Cooking with Lavender” and Ann Harman, owner of Morning Myst Botanics.
Sequim Lavender Farmers Association members and staff offer more than 100 years of combined experience in lavender farming and production and will provide additional workshops and farm visits to equip attendees with new skills to develop their own lavender farms. Participants also will learn how to create special events to enhance agritourism and attract tourists to their farms.
Participants and independent food producers can enroll in an add-on workshop by the Washington State Department of Agriculture on how lavender farmers and food producers across the country will be impacted by the Food Modernization Act. For more information and online registration, go to www.sequimlavenderconference.com.