Commissioner Leonhardt Tours ABCo

Commissioner Leonhardt is impressed with how our lavender plants are thriving

WV Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt visited the ABCo farm operations on Oct. 22 with ABCo CTO Marina Sawyer and President Jocelyn Sheppard.

As a fellow farmer, the Commissioner appreciated everything he saw, from our newly installed 130-ft high tunnel, to our innovative gravity-fed irrigation system, to our plans to expand acreage starting in Spring 2021.

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Bees are Buzzing

bee installation

We’re thrilled to report that our first 10 beehives are installed. We have a system in place to monitor the bees and expand the hives to accommodate the healthy, growing population. The bees have settled in well and we’ve watched them forage for lavender pollen to carry back to the hives. They’ve already started producing honey! 

Our crew, which before now had limited or no apiary experience, are doing a great job learning the ropes and working with the bees. So far, we’ve had no “swarming” and there have been only a few bee stings (and no allergic reactions). And while we have had a few bear sightings, none of them has gotten past our electric fence to sample the honey. 

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Spring Has Sprung

spring lavender high tunnel

Gearing Up for Spring

While our lavender plants have been fast asleep in the fields, we’ve been hard at work getting ready for the new season.

Thousands of new lavender plants that started out this winter as tiny cuttings in our greenhouse and high tunnel will be ready for planting next month. Propagation is going well and this initiative should help us meet our goal of planting 80,000 new plants this year.

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