Lavender and Mint Essential Oil Project FREE Field Workshop

 July 5, 2018, Lavenlair Farm, 437 Deweys Bridge Rd, Whitehall, NY 12887

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Free workshop but please register here:

Contact Aine Hardaker with questions:

David and Diane Allen started their two and a half-acre lavender farm in 2013. They strive to minimalize their impact on the environment by sourcing their electricity and water locally, using solar panels, and many other practices. They have recently added fruit trees and bee hives to diversify the farm. Due to the increasing interest in lavender, the Allens continue to develop their sustainable lavender production skills, while allowing the public to come and learn more about it.

This field day will highlight David and Diane’s experience growing lavender and Dr. Lily Calderwood’s Northeast SARE partnership grant titled “Development of Mint and Lavender Production in the Northeast.” In May of last year, we planted lavender, spearmint and peppermint cultivar trials here and at Hay Berry Farm in Hoosick Falls, NY. The goal of this research project is to evaluate essential oil herb cultivars for pest challenges, winter hardiness, yield, and oil quality.


Agricultural Issues Facing Assessors Materials

Day 1 Materials
Sandy highlights the size and scope on NYS agriculture in this presentation.
Bob Wright covers important concepts to help assessors assess farm parcels.
Hank shares how soils are characterized and how differences in soil types impact crop productivity. He also shares tools that can be used to generate soils maps.
Jim shares his expertise in how to calculate lost capital and valuing farm structures.

Day 2 Materials

Steve covers the impact installing a solar array has on farm parcels.  

This is a copy of the ag-assessment document that Bob Wright shared.

Steve and Bob discuss various scenarios where parcels may (or may not) be eligible for Agricultural Value Assessment.

A discussion on the various types of exemptions farm buildings may be eligible for and some sceanrios to gauge whether a farm structure is (or is not) eligible for the exemption.

Indirectly, an assessor does play a role in a farmer receiving the Farmer’s School Tax Credit. Sandy explains what role an assessor plays.
Day 1 Materials

Upcoming Event – Managing Pasture and Forage Quality to Meet the Nutritional Needs of Meat and Fiber Livestock

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Mack Brook Farm, 312 McEachron Hill Road, Argyle, New York
1:00 to 4:00 PM
Admission is free but registration is requested.

Register online:
Register by phone: (518)765-3518
Register by email:

Topics Covered
• Legume & grass ID and their particular forage qualities
• Forage quality changes through the season
• Nutritional needs for livestock at different stages of life
• Livestock fly control
• Match hay bales to their forage analysis
• Take a fresh pasture sample
• Use a hay coring tool to take a hay or baleage sample

• Aaron Gabriel: Agronomist CAAHP,
• Hank Bignell: Livestock Educator CAAHP,
• Ken Wise: Cornell Field Crop IPM Specialist
• Farm Host: Kevin Jablonski & Karen Christensen