About Bill Jabs
Bill, a retired civil engineer has always wanted to be a farmer. Moving to a 20 acre property in Eagle Creek in 2005 created the setting, but Christmas trees did not prove to be a good agricultural adventure. After years of research and evaluating options, he decided to create a lavender farm. In 2014, he started with 300 plants of 7 different varieties to make sure the soil and climatic conditions were conducive. As of 2019, he has 22,000 plants of 15 different varieties, with Buena Vista being the dominant variety for oil production. Eagle Creek Lavender is now one of the largest lavender farms in the region. Bill’s other passion is antique and classic cars. His collection consists of over 25 cars, ranging from Model A Fords, to Packard’s to Corvair’s and even a 1941 Ford tow truck to pull them around. At any given time, there will be several cars undergoing restoration. Bill enjoys touring the old cars throughout the northwest each summer with car club friends. Recently, Bill has developed a self-propelled lavender harvester that is being sold under the name Starr Lavender Harvester. Go to starrmanufacturing.com for more information.