Moving to the country was a long-time dream for the DiFruscia family which finally came true in 2017. With roots in Collingwood, the family wanted to make a life change and share the rural lifestyle with their children. Nottawa was the perfect little village to do that. The family of 4 (now 5!) packed up from Guelph and made the move in the summer of 2017. That fall, the fields were prepped as they lay dormant for quite a few years and crop selection started. Growing up on an agri-tourism farm, Ashley wanted to continue the tradition and have a farm that was beautiful and could be shared with the community. After joining the Ontario Lavender Association, taking some lavender workshops and researching the beautiful herb, it was clear that it would be the perfect fit for the small acreage farm. The couple hopes that lavender is just the start. The plan is to continue expanding on the now 4500 lavender plants and 10,000 sunflowers as well as experiment with other specialty crops in the years to come. The remaining acreage of the DiFruscia farm is planted with wheat which contributes to the economy and keeps the remaining farmland healthy (not to mention, it provides a beautiful backdrop to the purple rows).
A farm isn't complete without a couple of furry (and feathery) friends. Tawny is the watch dog, a Bernese Mountain dog that has been a part of the DiFruscia family since long before they made the trip from Guelph in 2017. She loves the farm life and doesn't miss out on many of the field chores. She can be often seen pacing the rows of lavender as she doesn't want to miss any of the action. Rosie, Theo and Tweety are 3 free range chickens, and are as much a part of the family as the rest of the DiFruscias. These gals wander the property and even like to visit surrounding neighbours to say hello and eat their bugs. They produce an egg a day and are the healthiest and happiest chickens in town!