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Field Reports

Believing in Our Bees

“If you’re growing lavender, you should have bees, too.” As word spread that we were planting lavender on Ashford Hill, this comment became a steady refrain. It made sense. We had what the bees needed: a peaceful, healthy environment with good foraging and a source of clean water. For their...

This Is Where We Work

“We grow lavender on reclaimed coal mine land.” This statement is one of the best conversation starters ever: no one ever comes back with “that’s the most boring, obvious thing I’ve ever heard.” Instead, it’s “Really? That’s so interesting!” Most people we talk to have an appreciation for lavender, and...

Reclaimed Coal Mining Land is Inspiring Community Development Across the State

Reclaimed coal mining land is inspiring community development across the state Note: This blog was written by Christina Kamkutis, a Senior Journalism Major at West Virginia University. ABCo invites inquiries from college students interested in writing and internship opportunities. For more information, contact Jocelyn at jsheppard@appalachianbotanical.com. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Land...

WV Women's Legislative Caucus Luncheon

We were the featured guest at the WV Women's Legislative Caucus lunch on Friday 2/18! Del. Barbara Fleischauer loved trying our products. Del. Margitta Mazzocchi talked to us about the jobs we're creating in in her district. Everyone was so supportive of our women-owned small business!

ABCo Attends Natural Products Expo East

Behind the ABCo Curtain Full disclosure: there’s no wizard behind the curtain at Appalachian Botanical Co. There are also no tornadoes, no clicking, glittering red shoes, nor any flying monkeys to speak of either… which, now that we think about it, makes for a disappointing workplace setting. In this week’s...

Celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month

October marks National Women’s Small Business Month and Appalachian Botanical Co. is here for it!  We take pride in our West Virginian origins and locale—plus the fact that we truly put both the land and people back to work!  ABCo President and Founder Jocelyn Sheppard says, “A small business offers...

Appalachian Botanical Farm and Distillery, July 2021

This is a busy time at Appalachian Botanical Co’s lavender farm in Ashford. The weather may be heating up, but that’s good news for our lavender in the fields. It turns out that lavender plants like the West Virginia summers. At the Foster building, the smell of lavender is in...

Summer Solstice at the Lavender Farm

Changes in the season from spring to summer bring about big changes on the Appalachian Botanical lavender farm. Hello, lavender lovers! I am Chad Foreman, Communications Manager and friendly neighborhood field reporter here at Appalachian Botanical Company. This week I’m coming to you with a report from the ABCo lavender...

Pride Month 2021

Here at Appalachian Botanical Co, I wanted our observation of LGBT Pride Month to consist of more than simply adding a rainbow design to our logo (which we did do, and it’s lovely). I decided to take this moment to share some of the pride I’ve felt and observed as...

Urban Agriculture Conference and Weather Monitoring

Representatives from the West Virginia State University Extension Services visited Appalachian Botanical Company to make a video for the Urban Agriculture Conference and to maintain weather monitoring equipment.

Partner of the Year

The Region II Workforce Investment Board (R2WIB) honored Appalachian Botanical Company as its 2019 Partner of the Year.  The R2WIB and ABCo each focus on to reducing or eliminating the barriers to economic development and barriers that separate skilled and unskilled workers. The partnership began last summer when the R2WIB hosted job...

Think Global, Act Local: Forging Appalachia's Lavender Ecosystem

Our lavender fields were never meant to stand alone. We created Appalachian Botanical Co. to be the catalyst for a booming botanical industry that puts our land and our community back to work. The location and idea behind our lavender field and mission was no mistake – we are growing...

ABCo x West Virginia Grown: Proudly Made in the Mountain State

We’re proud to be a part of the many talented and resilient craftspeople making West Virginian products and growing new plants and opportunities on our land; Appalachian Botanical Co. is West Virginian through and through. Now, we are proud to make it “official” by partnering with West Virginia Grown.   What...

Growing Lavender and Opportunities with HRDF, the Human Resource Development Foundation

Growing lavender in the mountain state has allowed us to open new doors and create new opportunities that we never imagined. There’s one in particular that we’re especially excited to share; Appalachian Botanical Co. is excited to partner with HRDF, the Human Resource Development Foundation of West Virginia, to provide...

Overcoming Barriers to Unemployment with Reclaimed Coal Mine Land

It’s hard to believe that the Appalachian Botanical Co.’s purple fields were once a surface coal mine. Here in Ashford, West Virginia, coal used to be the primary source of employment. When the coal industry collapsed, our community’s primary source of income went with it. The coal mines that remained...

Growing Opportunities & Reclaiming Appalachia's Coal Mine Land

Our lavender is grown on 35 acres of reclaimed coal mine land in the heart of Appalachia. The story of our farm is central to our philosophy at Appalachian Botanical Co – we believe in second chances. The rise and fall of coal in America is a story that many...