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In January 2012 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded three community groups and 23 farmers grants totaling $150,000 to assist them in farm diversification and joint marketing and distribution efforts.

Three of the farm businesses received $3,000 grants and 19 received $6,000. Community groups each received $8,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.


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Farm/ Group

Recipient Name

Project Name


Cherokee $3,000 Fir Heaven’s Sake Tree Farm Rickey and Judi Postell Gift Shop and Sleigh Ride Scenery GO >>


Buncombe $6,000 Wildwood Herbal Alan and Seth Salmon Aquaponics Production GO >>
Haywood $6,000 Sunburst Trout Farms Sally Eason Water Quality Improvements for Increased Production of Rainbow Trout GO >>

 Beef and Poultry

Polk $6,000 Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm Randy and Megan Smith Grass-Fed Beef- Cattle Handling Equipment GO >>
Avery $6,000 BRG Angus Bobby Gragg Enhanced Cattle Production GO >>
Cherokee Reservation $6,000 Lambert Farms Danny and Krista Lambert Managed Instensive Cattle Grazing and Poultry Processing GO >>
Buncombe $6,000 Hominy Valley Farms – Land and Cattle Frank and Jeanette Wilson Home Delivery or Farm Pick Up GO >>

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Swain $6,000 Axios Farms Kevin and Shelley King Axios Apiary GO >>


Macon $6,000 Nantahala Farms and Nursery Rachelle Clark Hydroponic Plant Production and Greenhouse Growing GO >>

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Jackson and surrounding $8,000 Jackson County Farmer’s Market Amy Grimes The Community Kitchen GO >>
Region-wide $8,000 Independent Small Animal Meat Producers Association Rick Harty Foothills Pilot Plant Working Capital GO >>
Region-wide $8,000 Appalachian Botanical Alliance Amy Hamilton Cooperative Production, Research and Marketing of Traditional Chinese Herbs GO >>

 Dairy (Cow)

McDowell $6,000 English Dairy Farm Susan and Terry English English Farmstead Cheese GO >>

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Clay $6,000 High Mountain Meadows Farm Donna Gains Certified Creamery/Kitchen GO >>
Watauga $6,000 GOat GREEN farm Ryan Norris Goat Leasing and Meat GO >>

Orchard (Fruit and Nuts)

Graham $3,000 Apple Valley Orchard James Phillips and Danny Edwards Orchard Establishment GO >>
Buncombe $6,000 Full Sun Farms Alex Brown and Vanessa Campbell Mixed Nut Orchard GO >>


Transylvania $6,000 Cherryfield Farm William and Glenda Newell Sheep Expansion Project GO >>

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Small Animals

Madison $6,000 Mackey Farms Dewain Mackey Meat Processing and Storage Facility GO >>


Jackson $6,000 Ty-Lyn Plantation Joni and
John Wavra
Truffle Project GO >>

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Henderson $6,000 Kay Farm William Hunt Romaine Lettuce Expansion GO >>
Yancey $6,000 Mt. Mitchell Produce Traci McMahan Portable Cooling Unit GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Ellis Farms Eric Ellis Farms, Food and Community GO >>
Mitchell $3,000 David Hughes Farm David Hughes Potato Production GO >>
Madison $3,000 Rockbar Farms Harold Hunter Rockbar Sweet Onion Project GO >>

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McDowell $6,000 DeMariano Vineyard Mario and
Michael DeLuca
Wine Production GO >>