Come June 1, the smell of lavender will fill the air upon setting foot on Big Roots Farm. This lavender farm, located just off Truman Young Road in Hawesville, has the Ramsey family on a mission to “grow peace” by offering products and experiences that contribute to the well-being of others.
“Really how it all started was that we decided we wanted to contribute differently as a family. We all had different talents and creativity,” said Erin Ramsey, owner of Big Roots Farm. “We weren’t sure what kind of company we wanted to start but had been growing lavender at our home in the city.”
The Ramsey family wasn’t familiar with country living at all but we had what they call that intuitive nudge to take action in a different way. Erin and her husband Doug originally brought 3 generations to start their farm including their daughter, two of their sons, their daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.
“Our tagline is to ‘grow peace.’ The three buds on our logo represent the three generations that came but now we actually have 4 generations including my mother in law that recently built on the farm,” Erin said. “We always wanted to offer a place people can go to be connected to nature.”
The lavender farm is full of opportunities to connect with nature and best of all, visiting the farm is free. The owners originally bought in over 1,900 plants from Washington and in 2018 completely sold out. On June 1 of this year, they will open their ‘you cut’ option once again on the weekends where bundles start at only $10.
“So lavender only blooms a few weeks out of the year so most people have never seen fresh lavender. It has so many healing properties,” Erin said. “We host women’s retreats and non-profits for strategic planning sessions as well as staff development. We have been hosting some meditations and we actually have the Buddhist monks from India coming April 14.”
The owners say the purpose behind the farm and whole experience is to help people feel inspired and rejuvenated and be at peace so we can all be nicer to each other. That concept brought travelers not just locally but several hundred from outlying larger cities spanning from Louisville, Nashville and Terra Haute to experience the farm last season.
“We love it out here. Everyone has been so welcoming to us and kind,” Erin said. “The premise of everything we do is that we really believe everyone is indented to live joyously and abundantly. We feel very lucky.”
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