VIP days for Appalachian Botanical Company continued at the Ashford growing facility on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, when a group of people interested in learning more about commercial lavender visited the site. There have been a few different site visits within the past couple of months. For some visitors, it was their first time to the growing facility, while others have been one or more times.

Christina Jeffries, ABCo Operations Manager (left), shows Kay Roberts, Vice President of Poca County Bank, around the Ashford lavender farm .

Appalachian Botanical Company has discovered that these site visits make for great blog entries. What we are learning is that people who are interested in learning about lavender come from a diverse background and varying interests. One thing everyone had in common was an interest in lavender.

Jocelyn Sheppard addresses visitors in the lower-left side of picture while other visitors look at the plants.

One featured repeat visitor is Terry Rusin. Rusin is the CEO of PSIMED, Inc, a company that works with mental health in corrections. Terry’s interest in lavender has propelled him to become even more involved with Appalachian Botanical Company. Since his first visit, Terry has become a partner with ABCo and also holds the title of Director of External Relations. Learn more at the PSIMED website.

Eric Abston and Cody Ramsey represented Synergy Health. Abston is the Executive Director. Ramsey has a very unique vision of creating a sober-living facility trailer park. The park could provide affordable living to people who are working towards living a sober lifestyle. Optimally, the park could be placed close to the lavender farm to provide residents with a healthy working atmosphere.

Lavender farm ladies prepare windrows for the fall planting of lavender plants.

Ryan Thorn, Economic & Workforce Development Manager with the Office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, was in attendance. This was Ryan’s first trip out to the farm and we hope to see him again.

Other VIP’s at the October visit include:

  • Matt Griffith, Senior Mining Engineer, Energy Transfer Partners
  • Darynann Washington, Coordinator, Drug Prevention Coalition (Boone Co.)
  • Kristian Stevenson, Drug Prevention Coalition (Boone Co.)
  • Tina Ramirez, Director, Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care at Marshall Health
  • Ashley Shaw, Program Director, CORE (Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment) at Marshall Health
  • Samantha Page, CORE (Creating Opportunities for Recovery Employment) at Marshall Health

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