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Bluegrass & Backroads: Owners of first Lavender farm in Kentucky call business a ‘work in progress’

Lavender Hills of Kentucky is a small farm located just outside of Brooksville in Bracken County … and is what the owners like to call a work in progress. When they began Lavender Hills they were the first lavender farm in Kentucky and have since learned some very hard lessons about this difficult to grow crop. More than just a flower, lavender has given this family something to come together around and to teach others about the fascinating uses for this amazing plant.

Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue.

But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so much more to the Bluegrass State and its people, culture and rural charm. Shrader and Hilton combine their talents to produce the award-winning Bluegrass & Backroads, a 30-minute program aired regionally on the Kentucky Education Television networks and nationally via satellite on RFD-TV through Dish Network, DirecTV and several major cable outlets.

For more information about Bluegrass & Backroads, including a list of the stations on which the show airs and schedules, visit the show’s website. The program’s Youtube Page can be found here.

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