Page 49 - The Hunt - Summer 2019
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                 By Lisa Dukart
Photography by Tessa Marie Images
In the heart of Chester County, there’s a little piece of Provençe, France—thanks to sisters Amy Saha and Joanne Voelcker. On their 42-acre Wagontown farm, some 1,200 lavender plants flourish. In the warm months, those fields are abuzz with bees and butterflies flitting from plant to plant, drunk on the heady scent the flowers release as they sway in the breeze.
Creating and maintaining such an idyll has been no small feat. Saha and Voelcker’s Mt Airy Lavender has required years of dedication and hard work.
Their parents bought the farm
in 1971, moving the family from Media to the homestead just outside Coatesville. With love and care, its rundown 48 acres began to thrive. Years later, in 1991, the city of Coatesville tried to build on the property, claiming eminent domain. After a six-year legal battle, the family won, losing just six acres in the process. As their parents aged, preserving the land they fought so hard to protect became more and more important to the sisters. They couldn’t bear to see it sold.
Mt Airy Lavender has required years of dedication and hard work.
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