SEAFOAM – Seafoam Lavender Farm is among 10 Nova Scotia companies that will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 32nd annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards on Thursday.
The small, family-owned/operated agricultural business is the only nominee from Pictou County. One of the nominees will be named the 2016 Exporter of the Year.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. along with its partners and sponsors are presenting the awards.
Dave Belt owns and operates Seafoam Lavender with his wife, Suzy Belt and their son, Collin.
It is being cited for how it has teamed with Tourism Nova Scotia and welcomes more than 10,000 visitors from all over the world. It sells most of its products to other provinces, as well as nearly 40 per cent to the U.S.
“We’re honoured and pleased to be recognized by the business community for our unique manner of exporting,” Dave Belt said. “Receiving the award lets us share our strategy with others who may be struggling with the notion of exporting.”
Seafoam Lavender Farm offers visitors an educational day in a place along the Northumberland Strait that blends the aromas of lavender and the surrounding forest with the salt air.
It specializes in Lavender 101 each summer and scheduled July 16 and 17 for presentations for people to learn all about lavender history and plant botany, as well as an explanation of how the buds and blossoms are transformed into finished products.
The more adventurous visitors can sample lavender culinary treats, such as lavender shortbread and lavender ice cream. Visitors can also harvest a lavender bouquet.
Information sessions on Thursday morning will precede the awards luncheon at noon at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.