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About Us

After being married in late 1999, and when Jim was transferred by the Good Samaritan Society to their retirement community in Ellsworth in January, 2000, we soon found this farm and have loved it ever since! Wanda’s background in retail sales in Wichita, combined with her artistic interests and gifts, and sewing and gardening, she doesn’t have time to fulfill all her interests.  After moving to the farm, Wanda devoted much time in managing the greenhouse and nursery here while Jim was working full time and limited in what he could do. During that time Wanda served a term as president of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce.

Jim began as a pastor in the mid-60’s, and also taught secondary school mathematics, pioneered work  in computer assisted instruction and did extensive work in curriculum development before entering seminary. But growing up Jim was in a family in which his father, a diesel mechanic, was the grower and gardener in the family and provided a great model for spending time in the garden.

In more recent times, since living here on the farm, Jim has focused a lot of attention on propagation of various annual and perennial crops, which has proved invaluable in the switch to lavender. In 2010 Jim retired as administrator of the Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth, and began to focus a lot more attention on both his greenhouse work and bee keeping.

Jim and Wanda share their work together, whether in the garden or in the kitchen making products, or traveling … they share life working on many projects on their farm.