Former mines aren’t the first area you think of when it comes to sustainable agriculture, beekeeping, or the wellness industry, however a project in West Virginia is hoping to change that. Appalachian Botanical Company is growing lavender and raising bees on a former mining site, and then turning its harvests into essential oils, body creams, and other similar products. They have two main goals: to provide a economically sustainable path to rehabilitate mining land and to create dignified and well-paid job opportunities for individuals facing barriers to traditional employment. Appalachian chose lavender due to its tough nature and ability to withstand drought, and also test the soil to ensure that there are no left over contaminants from its previous users. With 40 acres now under cultivation and 85 jobs created in the process, the company is already having a positive social impact.