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Field Reports

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...

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...

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...

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...