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Organic lavender farm reclaims land, lives and economy in West Virginia
by Wendy Gregory Kaho
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5 September 2021
On 5 September 2021 Mother Earth News reported:
Painting the once scarred and barren landscape purple and filling the air with the scent of lavender and the buzz of honeybees, Appalachian Botanical Co. has been growing lavender and raising bees in Ashford, West Virginia. They began in 2018 by recruiting and training a local workforce of former coal miners and those in drug and alcohol recovery from the area. By 2019 they had planted 20,000 lavender plants the first spring and 40,000 more the first fall using organic farming practices and reclaiming 35 acres of coal mine lands in Boone County, West Virginia. Their mission is to build a profitable botanical enterprise that puts West Virginians and reclaimed coal mine land back to work.'
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... Lavender is suited to this reclaimed land since it thrives in the well-drained rocky soil left behind in reclaimed mining land while the plentiful rainfall and sun in the area gives it the water and light it needs to thrive. With its drought and pest resistance and need for only a small amount of organic fertilizer, lavender is the perfect for this environment.
... Complimenting the lavender and assisting in the plant pollination are 30 hives of bees. Not only are they pollinators, but they are producers. Their honey is scented by the lavender plants they work each day. The honey is also sold on their site and in regional specialty shops.
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