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. She finally had the space and the sunshine to grow flowers, and she began planting more and more flowers each season. 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.
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 where he has been farming vegetables and flowers ever since. 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 has spent six seasons working on small scale vegetable farms in Massachusetts, most recently co-managing 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 is thrilled to bring together her passions for farming and floral design at Blue Heron.
Sarah Shelton has been a part of the Blue Heron Farm team for four seasons. When Sarah and her husband Jonathan got married in 2010, all of the flowers for their wedding came straight from Blue Heron, including her favorites- Uptown Girl dahlias and Love in a Puff vine. Sarah lives in Charlottesville with her husband and sons Collin and Nathan, and their dog Daisy. She is also a talented baker and co-owner of The Hungry Fox bakery in Tyro, VA where she cooks up delectable cupcakes, cakes, pies, quiches and more!
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. She inherited her love of flowers from her wonderful grandmother, who was a talented gardener and floral designer. This is Marie's fifth season at Blue Heron. She is also an incredible fiddle player and when she's not on the farm, she can be found teaching at Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) and playing locally and around the country with her band Chamomile and Whiskey.