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Diane and David Allen owners of Lavenlair Farm share their love story as part of their farm story.

I've recently covered some stories about Lavenlair Farm, the lush lavender farm with a Whitehall address, but is really located off Route 149 in Fort Ann. 

And in my conversations with owners Diane and David Allen, I've learned a bit about how they connected.

Diane tells me their tale in what she calls "their story in numbers."

Take "1" web address:; "2" lonely, middle aged people; "3" months later shopping "4 "an engagement ring; "5" months later, becoming  a family of "6" and deciding to make a life worth living.

"Married on 12/12 at 12:12 p.m. in front of 12 guests (2 of whom were my 12-year-old twin sons)," said Diane. "We just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and are even happier together now, which didn't seem possible at the time."

Together they rescued an 1820 stone farmhouse and created Lavenlair Farm, a zero carbon footprint lavender farm they now share with over 7000 visitors per year.

Love is sustainable, they say and they are determined to share their story with the world in what they call the "beautiful setting" of Washington County.

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Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli covers Washington County government and other county news and events.


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