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Lavender farm is focus of garden club gathering
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Amanda Taylor, left, President of the Escalon-Farmington Community Garden Club, welcomed and introduced guest speaker Mark Crooker, Co-Proprietor of Roberts Ferry Lavender Farms, at the group’s recent May meeting. Photo Courtesy Of Judy Scheppmann

Members of the Escalon Farmington Community Garden Club recently welcomed a very informative guest speaker for the regular meeting in Escalon. Mark Crooker, Co-Proprietor of Roberts Ferry Lavender Farm gave the history of the business. The farm was started by several members of the Crooker family in 2014. They have grown to become a multiple generation family business.

The lavender is organically grown, and hand harvested in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. In the presentation, Crooker noted that the family plants, tends, harvests and processes the lavender by hand.

He said the family invites the public to come out and enjoy the experience of harvesting their own lavender.

The Escalon-Farmington garden group meets the first Thursday of the month.