2004 Topic: Crop

2004 Agricultural Tourism & Crop Diversification Program

2004 Farms Transitioning into New Crops


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Corn Mazes

Avery, Waightstill

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Growing a corn maze

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Mackey, Taylor

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Create a covered area for public at Blue Ridge Corn Maze

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Bees & Honey

Parham, James W.

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Expand production of honey and increase marketing

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Boxwoods

Hooper, Jacqueline
Rector, Charlene

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Install irrigation system, root boxwood plants

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Miller, Donald

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Start growing 2 acres of boxwoods

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Sparks, Ronnie

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Start production of American boxwoods – purchase liners

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Woodby, Donald
Conley, Charles

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Build greenhouse for boxwoods, hollies and other bushes

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Chickens & Eggs

Hines, Bob
Sawyer, Kendy

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Prepare pens for Dominique chicken production

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Queens Produce
& Berry Farms

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Build facility for raising and selling eggs

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Uffleman, Wayne

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Purchase two bulk bins for feed storage for chickens

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Fruit & Vegetables

Banks, Terry

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Plant Blueberry field

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Darnell, Nathaniel

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Marketing assistance for production of mountain sweet onions

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Dillingham, Marvin

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Vineyard expansion

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Pierce, Robert

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Raised beds and irrigation for fruit and vegetables

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Owens, Anthony

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Grow new apple varieties with potential to resist disease

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Ploeger, Glenda

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Replace asparagus crowns – expand garden

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Jenkins, John

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Build greenhouse for organic vegetable production

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Rice, Candice A.

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Expand shitake mushroom production – purchase equipment

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Roberts, Elbert Lee

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Start organic vegetable operation

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Smart, Donald

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Start 1 acre of peppers

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Flowers & Herbs

Hensley, Jason

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Grow native ornamentals

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Lyda, Russell

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Start growing fresh cut flowers

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Sorrells, Josh

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Expand into perennials and purchase trays and fertilizers

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Whitehead, Beverly

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Expand medicinal herb and ramp production – buy small tiller

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Wilson, Karen

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Create raised beds for production of herbs and flowers

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Wright, Susan
Cochran, Brent

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Create fresh cut country flowers business

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Goats & Cattle

Patterson, Carl

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Field renovation and fence installation for goat farm

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Hensley, Jason

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Purchase a bull for cattle farm

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Tomatoes

Bryant, Billy

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Create a more efficient system for packing tomatoes

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Mull, Doyle

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Grow organic tomatoes, herbs and ornamentals in a greenhouse

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Reece, Richard

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Grow Heirloom tomatoes

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Smart, Donald

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Start 2 acres of organic tomatoes

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Tree Farms

Bryan, Jim

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Expand parking lot area for Christmas tree operation

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Deal, Joseph C.

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Start a Frasier fir and Christmas tree operation

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Jarrett, Dickie

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Grow Frasier fir seedlings

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Payne, Frank (Jr.)

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Build a display for choose and cut Christmas tree operation

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Trout Farms

Dension, Alex & Nicole

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Ground preparation for farm tours

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Buchanan, Harold

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Create trout farm production

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Jenkins, Harold

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Create trout farm production

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Rhea, Matthew

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Create marketing for trout farm – buy equipment for smoked trout

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Wilson, Steven Kenneth

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Renovate and market a dormant trout farm

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U-Pick Farms

Hurtubise, Karen
Clarke, John

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Enlarge and diversify raspberry you-pick farm

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Fox, Rhonda

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Update greenhouse and create a u-pick blueberry farm

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