Co-Owner, Flower Farmer
Bev Lacey has always been an avid gardener. She spent years gardening on 5 wooded acres at her home in Ohio before moving to Nelson County, Virginia in 2004 to marry Keith Dix. Together they ran the Blue Heron Farm vegetable CSA, and Bev finally had the space and the sunshine to grow flowers! Since the couple decided to retire from the vegetable CSA, Bev has continued to increase flower production at Blue Heron and expand her knowledge of, and love for, growing specialty cut flowers. She is a long-time member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) and has given several talks on growing her favorite flower, dahlias.
Co-Owner, Vegetable Farmer
Keith Dix has been a part of the organic farming movement for decades. He farmed on a part-time basis, while acting as Director of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at West Virginia University. After retiring from the University, Keith farmed on 57 acres in Ohio, where he was awarded Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1997. In 2000 he moved to Nelson County, Virginia and started Blue Heron Farm. After retiring from the Blue Heron vegetable CSA, Keith continues to grow sweet potatoes and butternut squash for the Nelson County Food Pantry, and some of the most beautiful seed garlic around! Keith also spends a great deal of time working on rebuilding efforts in New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity.
Nina Zinsser Booth
Assistant Manager, Floral Designer
Nina Zinsser Booth grew up down the road in Greenwood, Virginia. She fell in love with farming while working on a small scale veggie farm in Massachusetts. She spent six seasons working on several farms, and adding as many flowers as possible into the crop plan! Most recently she co-managed First Root Farm in Concord, MA. Since returning to Virginia, Nina has worked with Blue Ridge Floral Design, designing for weddings and events throughout the area. She's thrilled to bring together her passions for farming and floral design at Blue Heron.
Marie Borgman grew up working with plants. From pitching in on her parents' plant nursery as a kid, to working at Am Fog market in Afton, and later at Maymont Estate & Gardens in Richmond, she's been creating beauty in the garden her whole life. She inherited her love of flowers from her grandmother, a talented gardener and floral designer. Marie is a long-time Blue Heron farmer, and also an incredible fiddle player. When she's not on the farm, she can be found teaching at the Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) and playing locally and around the country with her bands Sweet Afton and Chamomile and Whiskey.
Marina Madden is the most recent addition to the Blue Heron Farm team. She grew up in the wilds of Nelson and Albemarle Counties and caught the farming bug working at nearby Bellair Farm. She is a passionate advocate for food access and food justice, and introduces lots of young people to the world of farming in her role as Bellair Farm's Youth Coordinator. Marina is also a talented musician, song writer, and dancer, and when she's not farming she is often teaching Irish music and dance at the Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS), or performing with her band Sweet Afton.