COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) — The widower of a renowned herbalist is fighting efforts to evict him from her once-acclaimed farm in Connecticut on allegations he has let the property fall into disrepair, flouted court orders to allow inspections and owes back taxes.
The Journal Inquirer reports a lawyer overseeing the estate of the late Adelma Grenier Simmons is seeking to have 81-year-old Edward Cook removed from the 62-acre Caprilands Herb Farm. An eviction hearing is set for Friday in Vernon Superior Court.
Simmons and Cook were married for about four years when she died in 1997 at age 93. She was credited with helping popularize the use of herbs in American cooking and published more than 50 books and pamphlets.
Cook says in court documents that he is the owner of the farm and cannot be evicted.
Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com