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In February 2010 the WNC Agricultural Options Program awarded 42 farmers grants totaling $225,000 to assist them in completing farm diversification projects.

Three of the producers received $9,000 grants, 27 received $6,000 and 12 received $3,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.

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Topic/County

Farm Name

Recipient Name

Project

Agritourism

Mitchell

Harrell Hill Farms

Doug Harrell

Increased Agri-Tourism &
Produce Production

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Watauga

Danny Miller

Choose and Cut

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Mitchell

OakMoon Farm & Creamery

Cynthia Sharpe

Goat Husbandry & Cheese-making Workshops Expansion

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Watauga

David Tucker

New River Corn Maze & Dark Mountain Choose & Cut

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Beekeeping

Macon

Rabbit Creek Bee Company

Tim & Annie Burrell

Queen Rearing & Bee Breeding

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Madison

Jon Christie

Wild Mountain Apiaries Diversification Project

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Jackson

Catamount Honey

Al McNeely

Beekeeping Expansion

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Madison

Rickey Ramsey

Ramsey’s Organic Greenhouse

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McDowell

Ray Revis

Russian Honeybees for Beekeepers

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Fruits & Vegetables

Polk

DeerHaven Hills Farm

Gail Blate

Drip Irrigation for Blueberries

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Buncombe

Anthony Cole

Production of Traditional, Specialty, Heirloom Pumpkins & Winter Squash

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Haywood

Dibe Duckett

No-till pumpkins

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Macon

Peaceful Valley Nursery

Eddie Evans

Irrigation & Blueberries

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Mitchell

Harrell Hill Farms

Doug Harrell

Increased Agri-Tourism & Produce Production

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Haywood

Ronald James

Polly Planter Seeder

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Watauga

Springhouse Farm

Amy Johnston

Springhouse Farm Produce Stand

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Henderson

McConnell Farms, Inc.

Danny McConnell

Strawberry Disease Mgt with 21st Century Greenhouse Technology

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Buncombe

Gladheart Farms

Michael Porterfield

Produce Processing-Packing Facility

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Henderson

Mountain View

Michael, David, Adam & Andrew Pressley

Blueberries

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McDowell

Manoah Farms

Frank & Rhonda Seaman

Vegetable Wagon

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Haywood

Don Smart

Fresh Market Cucumbers

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Graham

Jean Taylor

Heirloom Vegetable Plant Production

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Livestock

Buncombe

Marshall Bailey

On-Farm Store:
Grass-fed Meats and Lumber

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Henderson

Vineyards Edge

Tambra Buford

Dairy Goat Farm

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Buncombe

Crain Family Farm

Tamara Crain

Poultry Advancement

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Swain

Balltown Bee Farm

Quintin Ellison

Rabbitry for Commercial Meat

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Yancey

Firefly Farm

Elizabeth Gibbs

Heritage Rabbits for Meat and Breeding Stock

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Avery

Bobby Gragg

Artificial Insemination of Cattle

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Clay

Bass & Seth Hyatt

Grass Fed Angus Beef

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Transylvania

Livestock

David Mackey

Beef Freezers

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Madison

East Fork Farm

Steve & Dawn Robertson

Cage Free Rabbits

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Buncombe

Hominy Valley Farms – Land and Cattle

Frank & Jeanette Wilson

The Loca-Motive: A New Meat Market Opportunity

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Nurseries & Ornamentals

Macon

Peaceful Valley Nursery

Eddie Evans

Irrigation & Blueberries

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Buncombe

Useful Plants Nursery

Chuck Marsh

Propagation Facility

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Henderson

Magnolia Ridge Farm

Dennis Niemeyer

Galax & Native Wildflower Production

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Specialty Crops

Avery

William Beuttell

Eastern Hops Production

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Buncombe

Hop N’ Blueberry Farm

Van Burnette

Milkweed Production &
Butterfly Farming

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Buncombe

Anna & Paul’s Farm

Paul & Anna Littman

Shiitake Mushroom Expansion & Season Extension

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Transylvania

Mountain Moss

Annie Martin

Green Alternatives for WNC Farmers: Eco-friendly Mosses

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Tree Farms

Watauga

Danny Miller

Choose and Cut

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Watauga

David Tucker

New River Corn Maze & Dark Mountain Choose & Cut

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Value-Added

Henderson

Vineyards Edge

Tambra Buford

Dairy Goat Farm

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Buncombe

Venezia Dream Farm

Starr Cash

Fiber Product, Value Added

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Haywood

Sunburst Trout

Sally Eason

Expansion of a Diversified Value-Added Farm Product

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Avery

Kyle Kitchin

Sugar Bear Maple Syrup Marketing

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Buncombe

Michael Porterfield

Produce Processing-Packing Facility

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Haywood

Kaleb Rathbone

Value-added Options – Frozen Strawberries & Direct Marketing Beef

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Vineyard

Cherokee

Calaboose Cellars

Eric Carlson

Vineyard Expansion to Sustain Local Made Wine

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