A reclaimed coal mine in Boone County is now the site of something fragrant and colorful. Appalachian Botanical Company opened its lavender farm in 2019, bringing jobs to the area while also putting the land back to use. “I love this job.” said Adam Mitchell, an employee of the farm. The farm produces everything from essential oils to body lotion to honey. Chief Technical Officer Marina Sawyer said the fields are currently dormant but come spring and summer they’ll be bursting with purple blooms. The lavender farm is doing so well that it plans to double its size to 70 acres later this year.