A retired land surveyor applies his eye for precision to a new career planting seeds.

By Catherine Amos
Published: November 29, 2008
Nine years ago, the 43-acre plot of wooded land and pastures on Carrico Mills Road south of Brandy Station was simply a dream. Today, some 6,000 Christmas trees cover 10 acres of the property, awaiting a family to claim them.
Much to Jocelyn Lambert’s surprise, her husband, “Crazy Joe,” decided to start a Christmas tree farm in their retirement and bought the Elkwood property in 1999. They opened the farm Friday to sell trees for the first time.
“I said, ‘Let’s buy it and buy Christmas trees,’” Joe said. “She said, ‘Are you crazy?’”