A third-generation farmer and co-founder of Woodstock Lavender, Mary May has twice been recognized statewide for her work in agriculture.
In late 2021, May was named a finalist for the Farm Woman of the Year award. The Kentucky Farm Bureau Woman Farmer of the Year Award recognizes, encourages, and rewards outstanding achievement by women actively engaged in production agriculture. May was chosen as a finalist by a panel of out-of-state agriculture professionals.
In 2021, May was one of two Kentucky Housewives appointed to the Master Farm Homemaker Guild. The Kentucky Master Farm Homemaker Program is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, Inc.
As farmers, May and her daughter Allison Horseman grow 14 varieties of lavender on the family farm in Woodstock, Kentucky (Pulaski County). Rooted in heritage and crafted with care, Woodstock Lavender products are Appalachian Proud, Kentucky Proud and Kentucky Crafted certified.
May also co-owns and helps operate Mayhaven Farm and Mayhaven Seed and Sales in Waynesburg, Ky., with her husband Jim.
A grandmother of five and a retired teacher, May is the current chair of the board of directors of the Lincoln County Outreach Program, in which she has served for 30 years. Since 2018, she has also been a member of Kentucky Women in Agriculture. May is also an active member of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, a position she has held for 12 years.