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In January 2013 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 28 farmers grants totaling $148,500 to assist them in diversifying their farms.

Six of the farm businesses received $3,000, one received $4,500 and 21 received $6,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.

 

Topic/County

Award

Farm

Recipient(s)

Project Name

Apples

Watauga $6,000 Coffey’s Orchard at Coffey Grounds Nancy Coffey Moretz Increasing Farm Sustainability with Better Storage and Marketing Space GO >>

Bees

Macon $6,000 Rabbit Creek Bee Company Tim and Annie Burrell Pollination Services GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Revis Russian Apiaries Ray Revis Production and Evaluation of Russian Honey Bee Queens GO >>

 Berries

Henderson $6,000 Fruit of the Spirit Orchard and Vineyard Steve Dalton Crop Diversification: Berry Juices and Jams GO >>
Henderson $6,000 Stepp’s Plants, etc. Larry Stepp, Jr. and Larry Stepp, Sr. Expansion of Raspberries and Blueberries GO >>

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Cattle

Madison $6,000 Payne Dairy Farm Elymus Payne Replacement Heifer Barn GO >>
Madison $6,000 Ramsey Farms James Ramsey Cattle Handling Facility GO >>
Avery $6,000 Stines Farms Boyd Stines Beef Cattle Improvement Program GO>>
 Polk $6,000 Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm Randy and Megan Smith Improved Forage-based Genetics for Grass-fed Beef GO >>

Christmas Trees

Avery $3,000 D & J Trees Jack Wiseman, Jr. Momi Fir Grafting and Native Mountain Ornamental Production GO >>

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Dairy/Fodder

Watauga $6,000 Tester Dairy Farm Thomas and Margaret Tester Hydroponic Fodder System GO >>

Feed Corn

Jackson $6,000 Ward Farm Joe Ward Customized Kinze Row Planting System GO >>

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Hogs, Poultry and Sheep

Clay $6,000 Brothers on Farms Susan Ward Lamb Expansion GO >>
Madison $4,500 Dancing Doe Farm Julie Teneralli Heritage Hog Production GO >>
Cherokee $6,000 4 Sons Farm Rick and Amanda Walker On-Farm Poultry Processing Facility GO >>
Transylvania $6,000 Calee’s Coop Michael Lance Diversification: On-farm Feed GO >>

Mushrooms and Medicinal Plants

Swain $6,000 Van Winkle Farm Kim Van Winkle Shiitake and Goldenseal Production GO >>

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Nurseries

Avery $6,000 South Valley Nursery and Landscaping Tyler Buchanan Micropopagation Lab GO >>
Graham $3,000 Taylors Greenhouse Karen Taylor Herbal Options GO>>
Buncombe $6,000 Reems Creek Nursery and Landscaping Susan Reavis Heated Greenhouse Dedicated to Sustainable Grown Products GO>>

Value-added

Swain $6,000 Balltown Bee Farm Krista Robb Pizza Love! Mobile Pizza-making Oven for Value-added Products GO >>

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 Vegetables

Buncombe $6,000 Woody Farms Neal Woody Packing and Grading Facility GO >>
Clay $3,000 SMM Farms Salvador Moreno Greenhouse Production of Vegetable Plants GO >>
Haywood $3,000 Walnut Cove Farms Joseph Cathey Sustainable Vegetable Production GO >>
Mitchell $3,000 Whitson Farms Gerald Whitson Cold Storage GO >>
Yancey $3,000 MiLo Acres Lori and Michel Osada Walk-in Cooler GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Cove Creek Nursery/Farm Alvin Lytle Expansion/Diversification to Grow Grain and Vegetables  GO >>

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 Vineyard

Buncombe $6,000 Addison Farms Jeff and Eddie Frisbee Winery and Vineyard Expansion GO >>
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