Sixteen Sprigs is the past time and passion
of Wynne Wright.

Wynne Wright is a fourth generation farmer/academic. She and her siblings, Dennis and Penny, were raised by their parents on a tobacco, corn, wheat, and hay farm in Simpson County, Kentucky. She attended Simpson County public schools and graduated from Western Kentucky University (BA, 1988; MA, 1990) and the University of Kentucky (Ph.D, 1999). In addition to farming lavender now herself, she also holds a day job as Professor of Community Sustainability and Sociology at Michigan State University. Wynne left the family farm for the ‘bright lights’ of the ‘big city’ of Lansing, Michigan. Her farmer father used to say that “Wynne liked to hear the high heels” … compromise.

Wynne’s brother and his son, Wesley, continue the family farming tradition on the homeplace in Simpson and Logan Counties. Wesley is the fifth generation of their family to live there and operate the farm that has been in continuous operation for 75 years. Today, Wynne eats and farms in both Lansing and Ithaca, Michigan.

At Sixteen Sprigs, we are fortunate to have good draining, sandy loam soil, that is ideal for growing lavender. Several Angustifolia or ‘English’ lavender varieties are grown on the farm including Folgate, Hidcote, Provence, Royal Velvet, Super and Melissa. We also produce Lavandin (aka, lavendula x intermedia or ‘French’ lavender) cultivar Grosso. You’ll find many bloom at different times of the summer which produces a steady array of colors and scents for the senses.

We start the lavender season with the blooming of the compact Folgate lavender, which tends to turn purple in mid-June and the other varieties gradually follow with the showy and long stemmed Grosso closing out the season in mid to late July. Lavender is a short season, which is why it is crucial to get out and enjoy it as much as possible. During this time, we will be harvesting bundles for bouquets or for distilling essential oils as well as buds for drying that will ultimately end up in a sachet or eye pillow for you to take home. By late August, we are pruning and preparing to put the lavender to bed for the winter.

Wynne currently serves as Coordinator for the Great Lakes Lavender Growers and sits on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Lavender Growers Association. As an academic, her research focuses on the changing structure of agriculture and its impact on farm families and rural communities. She is especially committed to research that focuses on the role of women in agriculture. She is also committed to the advancement of a thriving lavender industry as a way to diversify agriculture, create opportunities for women farmers, and as a venue to initiate a more sustainable farming culture.