Lavender Rose Farms is a member of the United States Lavender Growers Association and also the Great Lakes Lavender Growers Association. We have been members with USGLA for several years. I have learned a lot through networking and through online groups with these associations. They also connect lavender farmers in the region and across the nation.
I'd like to mention the Lavender Rose Farms LLC is a bit unique in that we are also members of the Northeastern Heather Society. From the Heather Societies website:
"The purpose of the Northeast Heather Society is to foster interest in growing heathers (Calluna, Erica, Daboecia, Cassiope, Phyllodoce and Andromeda) in northeastern North America, by serving as a conduit of educational information for both the novice and experienced gardener. The NEHS is a chapter of the North American Heather Society and is the only heather chapter on the east coast covering an area from the New England, Canada, south to Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and west to Ohio. "
While Michigan is a bit out of the range of the group and there is not Midwestern Chapter, the Northeastern Heather Society has graciously accepted us into the fold.
We plan to begin growing heather along with other herbs and lavender. This is our first year of full planting at our new location in Monroe so we have yet to plant heather. However, I am researching cultivars and growing conditions for heather this winter and hope to begin planting a heather garden next season. We also are planning a butterfly garden, a gated herb and vegetable garden, and a more extensive rose garden. Obviously, these things will be a work in progress over the next few years.
Please feel free to look into both the Northeastern Heather Society and the USGLA.
Northeast Heather Society
United States Lavender Growers Association