Charles King, Skye2Farm
Skye Farm Lavender Venue
Grant Award: $6,000
To increase production in order to meet current demand and to create a new revenue stream, Charles King expanded his lavender farm by 470 plants as part of a new venue for agritourism events.
Mr. King planted a 3,000 square foot circular garden consisting of 6 raised lavender beds to create a natural amphitheater with Roan Mountain as a back-drop.
Now strictly an agricultural enterprise, the new “garden” space creates a unique venue for wedding events and ceremonies in the community.
The revenue from agritourism has the potential to increase profitability by up to $80,000 a year. The additional lavender plants will increase production yields to 1,000 lbs. a year, helping to meet current demand for dried lavender and lavender related products.
Skye2Farm currently sells lavender to tea makers, breweries, florists, spas and produce stands, and makes their own lotions, soap, insect repellant, infused oils, potpourri and bath scrubs.