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June 05, 2007

First Lavender Farm in Colorado

A story on the Denver CBS outlet details how a Nebraska farmer has moved to Boulder County, Colorado and established Colorado's first commercial lavender farm. Click here for video.

Michael Richters has turned five acres of scenic pasture land in Boulder County into a commercial lavender farm with 16,000 plants and 5 varieties.
"The scent is very, very relaxing," Richters said. "It's called Colorado Mountain Lavender. It's much more relaxing than raising 3,000 acres of corn and alfalfa in Nebraska."
For 15 years Richters was a corn farmer in Nebraska before turning to the business side of farming as an investment planner. Then two years ago, he had an idea to grow lavender.

Another article in the local Boulder Daily Camera goes into more details. According to the article they have planted 18,000 lavender plants over 5 acres on Sunday and are expecting results in  a few months! In fact it will probably be about three years before they get much yield. They are working on a web site but it isn't up yet.

While searching for their web site I found an article on growing lavender in Colorado, which reveals that it has been previously grown there, in small plots.  And that led me to an interview with aromatherapist Mindy Green.

Posted by Rob on June 5, 2007 in Oil Crops | Permalink

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Hello Michael,
I am very interested in meeting you and possibly learning as much as you can teach me on your discovery about growing lavender and harvesting it here in Colorado. I live in Louisville.

Posted by: Barbara Newland | Jul 5, 2007 11:55:22 AM

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