It takes a lot of work and amazing people to keep the farm going. Here are most of the permanent staff, and each year more people work there seasonally.
Owner and creator, she is on the path to learn how to encourage and support the others who work hard here on the farm. Of course, she has to meddle and do the work herself, too.
A friend before working here she cheerfully fills in, makes products, packs and ships orders. An ex-Navy officer and ex-sheepherder she has an amazing array of skills.
He comes to us from a high tech career and now seems to be joyful in the fields. He continues to learn more about farming, and now maintains the machinery in addition to managing the fields. Since he is from Morocco, he speaks French like a native, which is a delight to our French speaking customers, and Sarah who likes to practice her French.
We have been fans of Norma’s for years. She now processes our lavender, makes our beautiful bundles, and does most of our sewn products. She keeps us all in line making sure we keep things neat and well done. We accuse her of trying to fatten us up when she brings us delicious treats to share at lunch.
Our brilliant sales manager has brought years of retail expertise, along with two other careers (that I know of) in the airline and software industries.
Sister to Beverley, is our office manager. What is it about the Walton family and brilliant people? Roberta’s daughter Gini started our love affair with this family, when she worked here during high school and beyond… but that is another story. Roberta (or Bert as she likes to be called) is working on cleaning up the books and systems for keeping track of things. Now that we have grown, Sarah’s shoe box techniques are less wonderful, so she’s putting order into the office.
Is to put it very simply…. amazing. Hired to work in retail she quickly asked and learned to manufacture most of our products as well as be an ace gift shop attendant. She is also one of the funniest people, along with Toni Grove, we laugh a lot.
Works in our gift shop part time. In addition to being a cheerful face on the farm, she is artistic.
Sarah’s sister who is an experienced farmer decided to forgo the snows of Vermont and join us here at Lavender Wind. She not only brings the family connection for which we are so grateful, she also brings farming expertise and interpretation skills. These last are so fun for our visitors when they come to the farm in the summer and want to know more about the distilling we are doing.
…and all the others who worked here and are now off to other things