Expanding the St. Maries Farm
I built my first sprinkler system out of PVC pipe and powered it with a 5-horsepower Briggs & Stratton fire pump. Chuck at Dickerson Irrigation, who is a very good friend of mine now, said, “Gary, it won’t work; there’s just no way you can power a sprinkler system with just a 5-horsepower Briggs & Stratton fire pump.”
Well, when it was running, like this picture shows, I called him on the phone and said, “Chuck, would you like to come out and see what doesn’t work?” The picture shows the clary sage fields being watered.
Then I started building the framework for my third distillery. I didn’t have money for it, so I cut the logs from trees at the farm in St. Maries to use for the distillery walls.
In 2002 I bought another 40 acres, making the farm a total of 200 acres.
Shown in the other picture is Dr. Daniel Pénoël, a medical doctor who has authored several books on aromatherapy, and his wife, Rose-Marie. They came to visit the farm in 1998. We’re standing in a melissa field with our farm managers at that time, Pat and Monte Holmes. Isn’t the melissa beautiful!
We also had beautiful lavender fields in St. Maries, but I can only show you so many photos.