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Field Reports

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...

Commissioner Leonhardt Tours ABCo

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...

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....