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.
Secretary Gaunch got an up close look at our lavender fields as well as our propagation, irrigation and high tunnel systems. He also spoke with several ABCo crew members.
The Secretary came away very impressed with the size of our operation and our potential for growth. Perhaps his biggest takeaway was our dedication to creating good jobs for people in the region.
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.