I was only ten years old when I asked my mom what I could do to earn money for college, because it is never too early to save money! She simply answered "lavender". At the time we only had two lavender bushes, so we planted more. In our 9th season, we now have 25 varieties of lavender, with 25 plants in our quarter acre yard, and 250 plants on our acre farm.
The picture above was my first day at the Buhl, Idaho Farmers Market. I started out on one small table with simple soaps and a few other products. I was very proud of the $40 I made on my first day! Now I can barely fit all the products on three tables!
I am now 17 years old and still making products and expanding our inventory with a lot of trial and error. I have help from my dad the Miracle Grow fertilizer and my older brother the heavy lifter. My mom helps me with the machine sewing and embroidery, and keeps me on track with the finances and production. My relatives are growing lavender for me also.
As for myself, I will keep myself busy for the next summer then will go off to college. I plan to pay for some of my tuition with the money I earn from my still growing business. My mom will take over when she retires from teaching. We are currently looking for more acreage so we can expand even more. We would love you to visit our farm!