Livability: Turning a dream into reality: starting a lavender farm in Oregon

An interview with Julie Cleveland, owner of Sauvie Island Lavender Farm, located on a picturesque island on the border of Oregon and Washington.

Name: Julie Cleveland

Age: 57

Location: Sauvie Island (near Portland, Ore.)

Occupation: Lavender Grower, Sauvie Island Lavender Farm

When did you start your lavender farm, and what were you doing before this?

I physically planted the lavender farm in 2006, but I spent about three years prior researching and planning the farm. Before becoming a lavender grower, I wore many hats. I managed a marina, published a local community newspaper and worked as a land use planning consultant.

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