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Ben Hicks and Alex Rea

Natural Medicine

Alex Rea says locally grown medicinal herbs are "having their moment."

From the August, 2017 issue

Rea and her partner, Ben Hicks, are seizing that moment by starting a medicinal herb farm, Black Locust Gardens, in Dexter. The fifteen-acre farm is part of a 120-acre property belonging to Hicks's grandmother, who leases it to them at what Hicks describes as "minimal rent." Although Hicks and Rea planted and harvested their first crop just last summer,

 
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