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2020 Great Lakes Lavender Growers' *5th* Annual Conference
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
8:30am - 5:30pm
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, MSU East Lansing, Michigan

WHY

To learn. To share. Find new ideas. Spark inspiration. Energize momentum. Connect. Ask. To answer. Grow.

WHO

Commercial lavender growers … members or friends of the GLLG… for the experienced grower and the start-up… all are welcome. The Great Lakes Lavender Growers annual meeting regularly welcomes members from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

KEYNOTE

Dr. Curtis Swift of Mesa Lavender Farm and Colorado State University Extension (retired).  The title of his talk with be “Soil for the Lavender Grower.”

WHEN

Saturday, February 29th.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and continental breakfast and the program will commence at 9:00 a.m. Come early so you can begin to mingle with other participants. Our programming will end at about 5:30 p.m. Participants who like, are welcome to join the group for an informal dinner and continued lavender discussion.

WHERE

Our gathering will take place in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.  For directions, see https://kelloggcenter.com/map/map-michigan-state-university-east-lansing-map-kellogg-hotel .

Keynote Speaker
"Soil for the Lavender Grower"

Dr. Curtis Swift
Mesa Lavender Farm
Colorado State University Extension (retired)
Grand Junction, Colorado

Speaker
"The Buzz about Bees and Lavender"

Dr. Adam Ingrao
Bee Wise Farms
Extension Specialist at Michigan State University Extension (MSUE)
Newberry, Michigan

Dr. Adam Ingrao will be with us at the GLLG Conference to talk ‘bees’ in his presentation titled, “The Buzz About Bees and Lavender.”  He’ll help us explore lavender as a floral resource for honey bees and native pollinators, and discuss how we as lavender growers can incorporate honey bees on our farms as a means to diversify income streams. We will end the session with a honey tasting of lavender honey produced by Bee Wise Farms and discuss the value added nature of varietal honey to producers.

Dr. Ingrao is an Extension Specialist at Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and Co-Owner of Bee Wise Farms in Newberry, MI. He holds a BS in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University. Adam is the founder and lead instructor for MSUE’s Heroes to Hives program (www.heroestohives.com), and at Bee Wise Farms he and his partner Lacey produce lavender, honey, gladiolus, bearded irises, apples, and industrial hemp.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Big 10 A-B

8:30 - 9:00

Check-in; Get Acquainted; Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Introduce "Share Charts")

9:15 - 10:20

Soil Health Basics, Dr. Curtis Swift, Mesa Lavender Farm, Colorado State University (retired), Grand Junction, Colorado

10:20 - 10:40

Break

10:40 - 11:50

The Buzz about Bees and Lavender, Dr. Adam Ingrao, Michigan State University, Extension and co-owner of Bee-Wise Farms.

11:55 - 1:00

Networking Luncheon and visit "Share Charts"

1:00 - 1:15

News from the U.S. Lavender Growers Association, President Dennis Hamilton

1:15 - 1:55

"Degrading Factors in Essential Oil", Dr. Curtis Swift, Mesa Lavender, Colorado State University (retired), Grand Junction, Colorado

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
2:00 - 3:10
Rooms in the Garden Level

Clearing the Business Hurdles on your Lavender Farm, Bill Mansfield, Boyne City, MI

Engaging Customers in On-farm Workshops through Botanicals, Maggie Smith, Morris IL; Janene Decker-Rawlison, Mattawan, MI.

3:10 - 3:30

Break

3:30 - 4:50

The View from the Farm: Talking Challenges with Growers
In this session you can mingle around the room and join a conversation on a topic of your interest. This is intended as a grower-led support session to get your questions answered.

4:55

Closing Remarks

Conference Location & Parking

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
East Lansing, MI
http://kelloggcenter.com/
219 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824
800-875-5090

We have reserved a block of rooms for participants but it is wise to call soon as they give those away a couple weeks in advance if they are not taken. **Tell them you are with the ANR Week participants** (not GLLG) to get the discounted rated of $114.00. The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is at 219 S. Harrison, East Lansing, MI (on MSU’s campus). You can call 517-432-400 to make your reservation.

Campus map: https://maps.msu.edu/interactive

Accommodations

East Lansing

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824
(800) 875-5090

Rate: $114 (group rate) + tax per night

Our Conference is part of MSU’s Agriculture & Natural Resources Week. We have reserved a block of rooms for participants but it is wise to call soon as they give those away a couple weeks in advance if they are not taken. **Tell them you are with the ANR Week participants** (not GLLG) to get the discounted rated of $114.00.  If you would like to learn more about the meetings and activities planned as part of ANR Week, go to: http://www.canr.msu.edu/anrweek/sessions/

Wild Goose Inn
512 Albert Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 333-3334

Rate: $179 + tax per night
Email: wildgooseinn@gmail.com

TownePlace Suites East Lansing
2855 Hannah Boulevard
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 203-1000

Rate: $209 + tax per night

Okemos

Fairfield Inn East Lansing
2335 Woodlake Drive
Okemos, MI 48864
(517) 347-1000

Rate: $127 + tax per night

Lansing

Fairfield Inn & Suites Lansing at Eastwood
3320 Preyde Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 374-6500

Rate: $139 + tax per night

Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
(800) 333-3333 (US/Canada Toll-free)
(517) 482-0188

Rate: $109 + tax per night
Email: rhi_lans@radisson.com

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson
6511 Turion Drive
Lansing, MI 48917
(800) 830-5222 (US/Canada Toll-free)
(517) 827-7000

Rate: $113 + tax per night