You-Pick Lavender Harvest Set for June

Herbs and More in Farmersville, a horticultural-based day program for developmentally disabled adults, will hold two “you-pick” days during lavender harvest in June.

The “you-pick” harvests are Saturday, June 6, and Saturday, June 13 from 9am to 2pm on both days.

The Herbs and More program allows developmentally disabled adults from the Central Valley Regional Center to take part in planting and harvesting a wide variety of herbs and the production and packaging of products such as soaps, massage oils, soothing snugglers, warming slippers, shoe fresheners and lavender eye packs.

All funds raised go toward salaries for the individuals and product development.

The Herbs and More program is overseen by Kathy Lewis, a developmental disability specialist, who operates two care homes for the mentally disabled along with partner Jody Graves.

“The goal of Herbs and More is to focus on each individual’s abilities and not on their disabilities,” Lewis noted. “They put care and pride into each product.”

Products can be purchased at the Herbs and More location at 226 E. Front Street in Farmersville, Roots Floral and Salon in Exeter, Brooklyn Flowers and Gifts in Lindsay and LaBelle Winery in Terra Bella, or on line at

The program members also show their handcrafted products at festivals, arts and crafts shows, and hope to be at several farmers markets very soon. For product information call 747-1101, or stop by the program at 226 E. Front St., Farmersville.

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