Lavender Farm Founder Remembered



By Rachael Giffoni

“I'm proud to call him my dad. He chased off all my boyfriends, that's what true dads do.
Today at the Valley View Lavender festival, Dana Jackson is remembering her step–father.
"He's a great man. My mom and him met, they fell in love, and we have this. And he built it from the ground up.

Al Armstrong succumbed to brain cancer in April.
He donated his body to science. Tonight at his memorial, Armstrong’s family is scattering his ashes over the lavender he raised from the ground up.
Armstrong's grandson Zach says he misses his grandfather.
"I would say that I love him and I wish he could stay around. "

Some of the proceeds from the festival are going to help find a cure for cancer, and to help the family with his medical bills.
Dana says, "Without their involvement, people like Al would continue to die, with no hope."
If only Armstrong could see what is happening today, there is no doubt in anyone's minds, he would be proud.
Dana says, "We didn't want to do this. We’re sad. We didn't want to do it without him, but he kept talking about it, right up until the point where he couldn't talk anymore.
I said to my mom, you know, you just have to do this. This is what he would want, he wouldn't want us to stop for him.”

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