Lavender Lori has self published her first book. The definitive Lavender Farming: Secrets from a Hard Row Hoed (July 2019) covers many aspects and technical details about farming, harvesting, curing and making product from this magical herb never before found in any book about lavender.
Trial, error, innovation, resourcefulness and lots of dry humor are woven through the technical jargon. Lori recommends you read the book before hiring her or anyone for a farm consultation. By doing so you will learn many aspects of farming that are rarely considered by the initiate.
She writes from and farms in western Montana, the high elevation and challenging climate of which set a base that most farmers can manipulate to their own locale. Signed copies $50 available on her website www.Lavenderlori.com. Please specify how you like the personal autograph to read.
She is the pioneer of successful small scale commercial farming of the French 'Grosso' variety and the English variety 'Sachet' in Montana. The latter hardy enough even for growers east of the divide!
Her website includes photos and a PayPal shopping cart of her artisanal quality product line. Bouquets, sachets, smudge sticks, bath salts, immunity tincture, bruise salve, seasonal wreaths as well as her high quality hand made small batch essential oil and hydrosol (lavender water.) She outsources none of her labor, makes everything herself; truly a boutique style farmer and craftswoman.
Lori is widely known for her lively workshops, presentations, book signings, and classes on everything from culinary lavender, crafting, and essential oil distilling. She travels extensively to give classes to your group.
She cut her teeth farming lavender as a share cropper at Ten Spoon Winery from 2001-2013, but moved her operation in 2011 and since 2014 farms exclusively on her own land in Montana's Mission valley.
Lori lives in an off-grid 77 square foot cabin in the south Mission Valley, and has a similar 'guest' cabin for you to experience your own off grid adventure. Find her listing on www.Hipcamp.com/montana/rosalie-ranch/sunshine-daydream
Yoga in the Lavender Crop Classes!
Internships and Volunteer Opportunities available!
Wedding and other photo opportunities.
Artist and writer workshop venue available!
I offer lively and entertaining information packed workshops!
I live off grid and offer weekend experiences with a listing on Hipcamp.
Did you know that lavender is imbued with, among many other properties, that which can calm and disinfect? Use it as a sleep aid, spray it on your yoga mat! Use it in hand sanitizer, it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties!
Contact me if you need lavender, I can deliver it to your door or ship world wide.
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Schedule and Location:
Missoula Valley Winter Market Missoula, MT mid Nov.-mid Apr Saturdays 9a.m. - 1p.m. Senior Center 5th and Higgins Misoula, Montana
Seeley Lake Market, Seeley Lake, Montana June - September Sunday 9a.m. - 1p.m. on the lawn at the Visitor's Center Pending due to covid
Big Fork Village Market Big Fork, Montana Monday eve 4p.m. - 7:30 May - September 2020 location to be announced Pending due to covid
Missoula Delivery Day Wednesdays April - October
Ronan Farmer's Market Ronan, Montana Thursday eve 4p.m. - 7p.m. on the lawn at the Visitor's Center Pending due to covid
Lincoln Farmer's Market Thursday eve 4p.m. - 7p.m. occasionally
Mission Falls Market St. Ignatius, Montana Friday eve 4p.m. - 7p.m. down near the river at the Pavillion across from Cenex gas station. Pending due to covid
The lavender harvest season goes from mid June - mid August.
Stay tuned for you pick harvest days, internship and volunteer opportunities, photographing, writing, painting opportunities.
Yoga classes in the crop with souvenir bouquet.
Off grid weekend experiences also available.
Roving farm stand. Call me, I'll bring it!
Sunday thru Wednesday Arlee, St. Ignatius and all points north.
Thursday thru Saturday Missoula and all points south.
Shipping available any time.
Stay tuned for a self service farm stand at the end of the driveway!
I have few wholesale accounts, however, I can negotiate terms with you.
Find my lavender hydrosol, dried bouquets, bulk buds, crafted items and book from Missoula to Bozeman, Columbia Falls to Arizona!
I supply culinary buds to Big Dipper, Bernices Bakery, Biga Pizza, Posh Chocolat, Butterfly Herbs, Body Basics, the house tea at Sage Spa in Bozeman!
My book is in stores: SLC, UT Flagstaff, AZ, Glendale, AZ, Moab, UT, Missoula, MT, Polson, MT, Seeley Lake, MT
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