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 expand acreage starting in Spring 2021.
Commissioner Leonhardt told us he definitely sees lavender is a great solution for finding new purpose for our state’s reclaimed mine lands. He believes West Virginia can be a cornucopia of specialty crops. Lavender is just one example of a specialty crop that can demand a sale price higher than those of traditional commodity crops.
Check out this short video where the Commissioner talks about Appalachian Botanical Co and how it’s part of the bigger picture of West Virginia agriculture.
MEET THE AUTHOR / CHAD FOREMAN is the Communications Manager at Appalachian Botanical Co. In his spare time Chad is a free lance photographer specializing in wedding, portrait, and adventure photography. He is also an avid outdoorsman who loves spending time in the mountains of West Virginia, especially kayaking and white water rafting in New River Gorge.