Written by: Kiara Jordan, Contributing Writer
Most people know about Battlefield Lavender Farm located in Centralia, MO, but most people do not realize what it takes and how many people it takes to successfully run the farm.
Battlefield Lavender Farm currently employs four CHS students to help on the farm and in the store.
Lily Bryson is one of four Centralia High School seniors who work at Battlefield Lavender Farm. Bryson started working at Battlefield Lavender Farm about two years ago. Her role at the farm consists of pricing their items, checking people out, pruning the plants and harvesting. When she was asked if she sees herself being in agriculture in the future she responded with, “I am considering going into agriculture because I do really enjoy my job.” What she loves most about her job is getting to learn new things every day.
Bradley Cable also saw an opportunity to make money and knew Battlefield Lavender Farm was a good work environment for him. Cable does farm work such as planting the lavender, processing the lavender and trimming the plants so they look nice and continue to produce. Another aspect of his job is to help create products like tea bundles, aromatic sprays and culinary lavender. Cable also performs tasks such as helping to build the greenhouse, pulling old plants and weed-eating the lawn. Cable’s favorite product at the lavender farm is the bar soap.
Another familiar face you might see at the farm is Nick Lockwood. Lockwood has worked at his family farm for the past five years. You can find Lockwood spending his time at work restocking, sweeping and doing general store maintenance. He also removes weeds on the farm to improve the farm's appearance and aid the plants growth. His background in agriculture has come from the farm and helping his mom. Lockwoods favorite product they have at the farm is their sachets.
Levi Strain has been working at Battlefield Lavender since 2019. Strain knew the owners of the farm and thought it would be nice to work there. Strain talks to customers about the company's logo, the sixteen types of lavender they have and how many plants they grow. He creates products such as, bundles of lavender, buzz bass(lavender scraps) and he also labels soaps. Strain does not find it hard to balance work and school life due to his boss being flexible with him when he cannot come in. Some of his favorite products at his job are the creamsicle lavender soap.
Some activities coming up at Battlefield Lavender Farm are crafting classes where they make wreaths and floral tussie-mussies. There is also an art class where a local artist will teach a group of people how to paint to recreate a design on a canvas. If you attend one of these classes or stop by the store you are bound to run into one of these wonderful CHS seniors.