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Local company comes out smelling like ... lavender


Mary Jo MOnteith in the family lavender crop in Spring Canyon. - Jacob Wagner photo

Working with lavender is some of the most pleasant smelling work a person can do.

Mary Jo Monteith, who lives on 38 acres out along SR-174 in the general area of Spring Canyon, grows about 1,400 lavender plants on her property that looks like a big patch of purple from the highway.

She's grown lavender there for a dozen years or so, originally to just help suppress the weeds, and has made soap and sold a few lavender plants over the years.

This year, a new and different opportunity arrived.

Monteith gets emails from Washington State University, one of which detailed a Washington State De...

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