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Posts tagged: West Viriginia

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...

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...

Bees Are Buzzing

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...

Spring Has Sprung

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...

Power of Performance Award

Appalachian Botanical Company received a Power of Performance Award at the 2019 Small Communities/BIG Changes conference. Held on Nov. 18 in South Charleston, the conference was organized by the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia, the West Virginia Community Development Hub and Coalfield Development. Appalachian Botanical Company was recognized for its efforts...

October VIP Days

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...

Ashford Lavender Days

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS No experience required Must be 18 years or older    September – October Day & evening sessions Transportation provided to the planting site Sign up now!   Earn money for the B.A.R.N. Community Center! ABCo needs your help planting and watering 40,000 new lavender plants coming to...

Ashford Job Fair

LAVENDER JOB FAIR AT ASHFORD APPALACHIAN BOTANICAL IS HIRING! August 29, 2019 / 10 am – 4 pm Organized by the Logan Workforce WV office ABCo is hiring workers to prep fields, plant lavender, and maintain the plants through the fall. The pay is $10 per hour, with overtime available....

Boone County VIPs Visit

Appalachian Botanical was lucky enough to have Boone County VIPs visit the Ashford growing site. Lawmakers, movers, and shakers endured the hot, summer sun to see the lavender farm in person. Farm supervisors and managers were present to answer any questions and provide them with more information about growing lavender...

Secretary Gaunch Visits ABCo

WV Secretary of Commerce Ed Gaunch toured the ABCo farm operations on Sept. 25 with ABCo President Jocelyn Sheppard and CTO Marina Sawyer. It was something of a homecoming for the Secretary. He was born in Boone County, grew up in Ridgeview (~5 miles away) and attended Sherman High School....