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Allison: Jocelyn, it was so nice making your acquaintance at the Washington Farmers Market this past summer. Can you please tell us more about Appalachian Botanical Co.?

Jocelyn: Appalachian Botanical Co. is growing lavender and raising bees on post-use mine land in Boone County, WV. So far, it’s going well, and we have about 50 acres under cultivation. We have a 15-year agricultural lease with the landowner, and we have the cooperation of the coal operator that holds the mining reclamation permit with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

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