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In February 2009, the WNC Agricultural Options Program awarded $3,000 to 20 area farmers, $6,000 to 23 farmers and $9,000 to 3 farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations.

The funds offer incentive for farmers to improve their operations as well as demonstrate exemplary practices & successful techniques to the agricultural community.

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2005 Agricultural Tourism & Crop Diversification Program

Topic/County

Recipient Name

Project Description

 Agritourism

Buncombe

Janet Shisler Peterson, Cloud 9 Farm

Sustainable Sawmilling

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Graham

Scott Boxberger, Stoney Hollow Farms & Stephanie Loafman, Five Sisters

Farm Kitchen

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Jackson

Marsha Crites, Harvest Moon Gardens

Herbs & Perennials

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Mitchell

Doug Harrell, Harrell Hill Farms

Agri-tourism Expansion

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Yancey

Elke Spirakis, Wellspring Farm

Little Schoolhouse on the Farm

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 Beekeeping

Buncombe

Debra Roberts

Miss Bee Haven’s Ballard Branch Bee Yard

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 Flowers & Herbs

Buncombe

Viki Nofke & Susan Mallard, Blue Heron Farm

Culinary Herb Project

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McDowell

Meredith McKissick

Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability

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 Fruits & Vegetables

Avery

Ellis & Barbara Aycock

Groundbreaking Farming in Avery

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Buncombe

Van Burnette

Hop & Blueberry Production

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Buncombe

Rayenelle Ritchie, Wilson Farms

Greenhouses & Farm Store Expansion

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Cherokee

Billy & John Bruce

B&B Farms Produce Stand

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Cherokee

Glenn Carson

Two Buddies Heirloom Apples

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Clay

Philip Moore

Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes

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Haywood

Skipper Russell

Romaine Lettuce/ Refrigerated Box Truck

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Macon

Kathy S. & Daniel Tinsley, Slagle Farm

Wool & Asparagus

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Madison

Linda Raper

Heirloom & Grape Tomato Hoophouse

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McDowell

Meredith McKissick

Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability

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Mitchell

Doug Harrell, Harrell Hill Farms

Agri-tourism Expansion

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Mitchell

Sam Silver

Potato Grading & Washing Line

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Mitchell

Roger Frye & John Slayton

Grassy Creek Blueberry Patch

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Mitchell

Brandon Birchfield

Potatoes after Tobacco

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Mitchell

Tim Hughes

Parking, Irrigation, Storage Building, Plasticulture

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Polk

Rodney Booth, Adawehi

Sustainable Agriculture Growth & Expansion (SAGE)

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Swain

Mike Glover

Sleepy Hollow Farm Greenhouse

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Watauga

Ernie Dollar

Organic Greenhouse Vegetables

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Yancey

Michael & Tammie Edwards

Prosperity Plants

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Yancey

Jeremy McCurry

Drip Irrigation for Strawberries

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Yancey

Ryan Wiebe

Organic Greenhouse

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Topic/County

Recipient Name

Project Description

 Grains & Craft Supply

Cherokee Reservation

Mick Rattler

Job’s Tears (Coix Lacryma-jobi)

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 Greenhouses & Buildings

Buncombe

Walter & Wendy Harrill, Imladris Farm

The Bunny Barn

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Buncombe

Rayenelle Ritchie, Wilson Farms

Greenhouses & Farm Store Expansion

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Cherokee

Billy & John Bruce

B&B Farms Produce Stand

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Clay

Philip Moore

Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes

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Madison

Fred Treadway

Mushroom Fruiting House

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Madison

Steve Rice

Indoor Mushroom Expansion

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Madison

Shannon Roberts

Pasture Poultry & Compost

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Madison

Linda Raper

Heirloom & Grape Tomato Hoophouse

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McDowell

Meredith McKissick, Crooked Creek Farms

Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability

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Mitchell

Doug Harrell, Harrell Hill Farms

Agri-tourism Expansion

GO >>

Mitchell

Tim Hughes

Parking, Irrigation, Storage Building, Plasticulture

GO >>

Polk

Rodney Booth, Adawehi

Sustainable Agriculture Growth & Expansion (SAGE)

GO >>

Swain

Jim Frady

MaiLee’s Mountain Mushroom Expansion

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Swain

Mike Glover

Sleepy Hollow Farm Greenhouse

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Watauga

Ernie Dollar

Organic Greenhouse Vegetables

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Yancey

Ryan Wiebe

Organic Greenhouse

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 Health & Safety

Buncombe

Walter & Wendy Harrill, Imladris Farm

The Bunny Barn

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Haywood

Skipper Russell

Romaine Lettuce/ Refrigerated Box Truck

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Mitchell

Rick Harty

Harty Farm Expansion

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 Hops

Buncombe

Van Burnette

Hop & Blueberry Production

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Haywood

Scott Grahl & Stephanie Willis

Winding River Hops

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 Livestock

Buncombe

Walter & Wendy Harrill, Imladris Farm

The Bunny Barn

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Buncombe

Neal & Ava Morgan

Creating non-corn-based feed for beef cattle

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Cherokee Reservation

Danny & Krista Lambert

Beef Expansion

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Clay

Charlie & Barbara Kissling

Natural Farm-Raised Beef

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Haywood

Tim Kelley

Herd Performance Improvement

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Macon

Kathy S. & Daniel Tinsley, Slagle Farm

Wool & Asparagus

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Madison

Shannon Roberts

Pasture Poultry & Compost

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Madison

Robin Singleton, Reeves Homeplace Farms

Poultry Project

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Yancey

Elke Spirakis, Wellspring Farm

Little Schoolhouse on the Farm

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Topic/County

Recipient Name

Project Description

 Mushrooms

Madison

Steve Rice

Indoor Mushroom Expansion

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Madison

Fred Treadway

Mushroom Fruiting House

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Swain

Jim Frady

MaiLee’s Mountain Mushroom Expansion

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 Ornamentals/ Nursery Plants

Henderson

Rick & Karen Jordan, Deerwood Nursery

Restoration Plants

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Jackson

Marsha Crites, Harvest Moon Gardens

Herbs and Perennials

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Jackson

Joseph & Carol Doyle, Salegee Farm

Heather Project

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Madison

Nancy Odell, Geowild

Mountain Native Plants

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Mitchell

Nick Sagan

High Mountain Nursery Expansion

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Transylvania

Harold Paxton, French Broad Garden Center

Roadside Retail Sales Lot Establishment

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 Season Extension

Buncombe

Viki Nofke & Susan Mallard, Blue Heron Farm

Culinary Herb Project

GO >>

Clay

Philip Moore

Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes

GO >>

Graham

Scott Boxberger, Stoney Hollow Farms & Stephanie Loafman, Five Sisters

Farm Kitchen

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 Tree Farms

Haywood

Terry Rogers

Arrowood Tree Farm

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Mitchell

Doug Harrell, Harrell Hill Farms

Agri-tourism Expansion

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 U-Pick Farms

Buncombe

Van Burnette

Hop & Blueberry Production

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Buncombe

Rayenelle Ritchie, Wilson Farms

Greenhouses & Farm Store Expansion

GO >>

Cherokee

Billy & John Bruce

B&B Farms Produce Stand

GO >>

Mitchell

Tim Hughes

Parking, Irrigation, Storage Building, Plasticulture

GO >>

Mitchell

Roger Frye & John Slayton

Grassy Creek Blueberry Patch

GO >>

Transylvania

Harold Paxton, French Broad Garden Center

Roadside Retail Sales Lot Establishment

GO >>

Yancey

Michael & Tammie Edwards

Prosperity Plants

GO >>

Yancey

Jeremy McCurry

Drip Irrigation for Strawberries

GO >>

 Value-Added Processing

Buncombe

Janet Shisler Peterson, Cloud 9 Farm

Sustainable Sawmilling

GO >>

Buncombe

Walter & Wendy Harrill, Imladris Farm

The Bunny Barn

GO >>

Graham

Scott Boxberger, Stoney Hollow Farms & Stephanie Loafman, Five Sisters

Farm Kitchen

GO >>

Macon

Kathy S. & Daniel Tinsley, Slagle Farm

Wool & Asparagus

GO >>

Michell

Rick Harty

Harty Farm Expansion

GO >>

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