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Start a family owned lavender farm with these great ideas for growing lavender on your homestead, including recipes for 5 homemade lavender products that sell!
Starting a lavender farm is one of my major homesteading dreams and a big plan for our homestead family business long term.
Last summer we visited a local Vancouver Island Lavender farm and were completely inspired. I picked up a variety of lavender starter plants to plant our first lavender hedge line. One day we will have a whole field. But honestly, it’s not necessary.
Just the size of my mothers English Lavender plant in our front yard yard. Enough for our wedding centrepieces, sachets and baking.
Who doesn’t love the smell and sense of calm brought on by lavender? Lavender is a specialty cash crop. It is a great option for small growers. Options for selling lavender include fresh bundles, dried lavender sachets and aromatherapy oils.
START A FAMILY OWNED LAVENDER FARM
Lavender is a highly profitable crop for smaller farms as there’s a wide variety of a market for lavender. From herbal medicinal practices, culinary uses, skin care and florists the opportunities really are endless.
As a small farmer you might try growing enough lavender to provide flowers and essential oils to sell to such ventures. But there are other avenues to look at as well.
Why not host a lavender festival or sell at farmers markets. Make your own products from your lavender and sell online and create amazing products for your local community. The ideas really are endless.
In this post I’ll share with you some creative ways to sell lavender on your homestead or start a small hobby farm.
For more information on how to grow your own lavender read some of these recommended posts by Agriculture Daily.
HOW MUCH MONEY DOES LAVENDER MAKE?
A 20′ x 20′ growing area can produce around 300 bunches each year, worth $1,800. Larger plots are even more profitable. A quarter-acre can produce about 3,000 bunches, worth $18,000. Unsold lavender bunches can be dried and sold to crafters and florists, who use the bunches for dried floral arrangements.
LAVENDER PRODUCTS TO MAKE MONEY
Lavender is a popular essential oil and flower used to make a variety of products known to calm, scent and flavour life. Sell the following items at your lavender farm gift shop, local farmers market or online.
LAVENDER INFUSED HAND SANITIZER
Learn how to make your own homemade hand sanitizer with this quick and easy handmade hand sanitizer recipe using alcohol, lavender essential oils and aloe vera all ingredients you should have around the house!
LAVENDER BATH SALTS
Make this homemade sea salt and lavender bath or foot soak for an instant stress relief, calming and relaxing experience. This homemade sea salt recipe is the perfect DIY gift.
LAVENDER INFUSED PLAYDOUGH
Learn how to make playdough with your toddlers and kids with this easy to follow homemade recipe using jello, flour, salt and boiling water and get ready for hours of fun creative play! Just add a few drops of lavender essential oil for a calming and relaxing play experience. Display in mason jars.
Learn how to make your own lavender potpourri sachets from any fabric or vintage linens. Hand-sew this easy craft project or use a sewing machine. Either way, you end up with a lovely homemade DIY sachet that you can use to keep your home smelling fresh with optional essential oils!
Lavender is used in many culinary foods. It’s a great way to spice up baking, desserts, and even seasonings for meat.
Try infusing milk with lavender to use when making scones.
Try infusing Sea Salt or pepper with lavender. I’ve mixed lavender with honey and brown sugar for a glaze on salmon. Lavender buds are also nice when infused in honey.