Joseph & Carol Doyle, Salegee Farm
Heather & Lavendar Project – Grant Award: $3,000
“This grant has given us the ability to try more cultivars in this harsh mountain climate so that we understand lavender and heather better. It’s also given us a chance to experiment with opportunities for marketing.” ~ Carol Doyle
The Doyles have grown a variety of trees & bushes, including Christmas trees, since 2000 on their 230-acre property. Last year, they ran a test run of heather and lavender, which was successful. With the WNC AgOptions award, they will now expand their operation and develop a record system with proper propagation timing and techniques.
The Doyles think that the plants’ year-round color, erosion control properties, low maintenance needs, and survivability in cold climates will make the plants marketable. In 2010, they will start selling the plants to nurseries, landscapers, residential & commercial developers, and they hope to open up the farm eventually to visitors.