for the love of lavender

A look into the life of a lavender farming family.

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Location: Yamhill, Oregon, United States

Monday, September 18, 2006

cookies and care taking at the lavender shop

At Wayward Winds Lavender we're lucky to have a great team. Our little lavender shop in Yamhill, Oregon is a great place to work because of that. It's more than just a store. It's where we make our products, create and care for each other.

Jennifer is our chief organizer of production. She makes sure all the products are made for orders and she packages and ships almost everything. Jennifer also takes care of retail customers when we're lucky enough to have them. Handling special orders and retail sales. Jennifer is rather adverse to having her picture taken but that's her with the silver hair and white top helping a customer during the Yamhill Valley Lavender Festival. I had to be sneaky to get any picture of her at all.

Jennifer's other talents include making scrumptious cookies and other baked goods which she brings in to share with the rest of us. By doing this she learned of my funny habit of only liking to eat things in even numbers. I can't eat 1 or 3 or 5 cookies. It has to be 2 or 4 or 6 etc. Strange habit I know but it's mine. She tests it regularly by trying to serve me "odd" numbers...

Pattie is our most esteemed seamstress who somehow manages to produce all of our products which require sewing. She's been officially dubbed " the amazing Pattie" for her high attention to

detail and quality. Pattie is also in the above photo with the long
dark hair and white top.

Pattie also takes care of the Wayward Winds book keeping -
which can often be a challenge because of all the different parts
of the business. There's the farm, the store, farmers markets,
wholesale and my expertise at losing receipts and other
important bits of paper for her to worry about.

Donna is a recent addition to our team. Donna helps with many other projects that don't otherwise get done. I'm not sure what her official title would be - I call her my right hand.

A great team makes it fun to work here. When work becomes more. It becomes something you care about and something that nourishes you. Knowing that you're taking care of business while taking care of each other. When you're pals. And you know what they say about pals? A pal is someone who will stand by you even when you're up to your hoo-hoo in hot water.

For the love of lavender.....