May recognized for work in agriculture

Published 8:27 am Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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Third-generation farmer and Woodstock Lavender Co-founder Mary May has been recognized twice at the state level for her work in agriculture.

At the end of 2021, May was named runner-up for the Farm Woman of the Year Award. The Kentucky Farm Bureau Farm Woman of the Year Award recognizes, encourages and rewards outstanding achievement of women who are actively engaged in production agriculture. May was chosen as runner-up by a panel of out-of-state agriculture professionals.

In 2021, May was one of two Kentucky homemakers named to the Master Farm Homemaker Guild. The Kentucky Master Farm Homemaker program is sponsored jointly by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, Inc.

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As female farmers, May and her daughter Allison Horseman grow 14 varieties of lavender on the family’s farm in Woodstock, Kentucky (Pulaski County). Rooted in heritage and crafted with care, Woodstock Lavender’s products are certified as Appalachian Proud, Kentucky Proud and Kentucky Crafted.

May also co-owns and helps operate Mayhaven Farm and Mayhaven Seed and Sales in Waynesburg, Kentucky, with her husband Jim.

A grandmother of five and retired teacher, May is the current District Board Chair for the Lincoln County Extension Program, which she has been involved with for 30 years. Since 2018, she has also been a member of Kentucky Women in Agriculture. May is also an active member of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, a position she has held for 12 years.