Jocelyn Sheppard: President
Terry Rusin: Partner & Director of External Relations
Marina Sawyer: Chief Technical Officer
Chad Foreman: Communications Manager
Jeanne Eary: Office Manager
ABCo Office Manager Jeanne Eary… Read More
A local girl, Jeanne grew up in Alum Creek and now lives with husband Marty just 15 minutes from the farm. Jeanne worked for the local hospital for 21 years. Her agricultural experience was limited to her family garden, so working on a 30+ acre operation was quite a change of pace.
Jeanne loves working on the reclaimed mine site and especially loves the atmosphere, scenery, fresh air, and people.
Left: Rhiannon Wineland, Social Media Coordinator. Right: Nikki Dempe, Sales Coordinator.
Jimmy Fowler: Crew Lead
My name is Jimmy Fowler… Read More
I’ve been with Appalachian Botanical since Summer 2019 and it’s been satisfying working in the fields and watching the lavender grow and get harvested. About a year ago I was promoted to crew lead. This was my first opportunity to run a crew and I’m happy to say that people mostly listen.
Right now, we’re finishing up the Foster building to get the offices and production space ready for when work picks up again in the spring. It will good to get back to the Ashford farm because like I said, the best jobs are the outside ones.
My days off are my chance to catch up on sleep, do some hunting and fishing, and maybe watch a movie. The last good one I saw was Lawless about moonshiners during the Depression who go up against a corrupt sheriff. The fact that I know how to run a still did add to my enjoyment!
My name is Bailey Abnathy… Read More
The most rewarding part of working on the farm, though, has been being able to see our products transform from a hand-clipped cutting, to a plant that you dug a hole for in the earth, to a beautiful product in our store that uses the oils extracted from the very blooms you’ve harvested.
There’s no place I’d rather be than on the lavender farm.
TJ Green: Mechanic
My name is TJ Green…Read More
My Blackhawk experience is helpful here at ABCo. I have black hat safety training and I know my way around a mine site.
While I’m happy working with the plants and doing whatever my supervisor needs, I really enjoy working on equipment and engines. It can be surprising to some how much farm operations depend on them.
Here at the farm there are a lot of different things to work on, the people are nice, and the scenery is beautiful. I’m really enjoying this job!
Adam Mitchell: Crew Lead
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Right now, I’m part of the crew that’s been busy renovating the building ABCo leased in Foster. A fresh coat of paint and new flooring and fixtures has really done a lot for the place.
Before that, I worked on planting, propagating, and harvesting our lavender at the Ashford farm. It has been rewarding to see the lavender essential oils get distilled and turned into products. This next year I’d like to learn more about the distillation process, and about all the things that give lavender its healing properties.
My name is Robin Workman… Read More
I like to spend my free time with my family, especially the grandkids, and I enjoy cooking for all of them. It just so happens that I spend my work time with some of these same family members—my husband and my oldest son also work at ABCo. So far, that’s worked out really well.
My favorite part of working at the farm has been propagation and watching the tiny lavender cuttings grow up to be plants ready to go in the ground. Lately, I’ve been helping get product orders packed and ready to ship from our Foster location. The pace got pretty hectic around the holidays, but I enjoyed it!
My name is Zach Moore… Read More
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends and family. I have a stepsister and a brother and four energetic nieces and nephews. Right now, I’m working on a man-cave with room for a 55-inch flat screen and plenty of space where I can relax and have fun with my Xbox and my family and friends.
Last season, I enjoyed planting the lavender and I’m looking forward to spring when we get back to doing that. I like working with the people at ABCo and I’m always up for learning new skills. I’m definitely open for adventure!
My name is Emily Dotson… Read More
I really like the family atmosphere at ABCo where I never feel like I’m just a number. It’s fun playing in the dirt and making beautiful lavender plants grow. I’m also responsible for Emily’s Garden (yes, it’s named after me) where we’re growing citronella, rosemary, spearmint and aloe vera. This spring we’ll be adding sage, pyrethrum, and vegetables to “my” garden.
When I’m not working, I stay enjoyably busy with my 5-year-old daughter, my boyfriend, and my 5 dogs.
My name is Jason Withrow… Read More
Of the different tasks at the farm, I really enjoy propagating and maintaining the plants in the high tunnel. It’s amazing to watch the tiny cuttings turn into plants – and some of the bigger starter plants have been blooming in the middle of winter.
Besides hunting and fishing, I like riding motocross and 4-wheelers—just about anything with an engine!