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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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County: Farm Name; Recipient Name; Project

Agritourism

Mitchell: Harrell Hill Farms; Doug Harrell; Increased Agri-Tourism & Produce Production — GO >>

Watauga: Danny Miller; Choose and Cut — GO >>

Mitchell: OakMoon Farm & Creamery; Cynthia Sharpe; Goat Husbandry &
Cheese-making Workshops Expansion — GO >>

Watauga: David Tucker; New River Corn Maze & Dark Mountain Choose & Cut — GO >>

Beekeeping

Macon: Rabbit Creek Bee Company; Tim & Annie Burrell; Queen Rearing & Bee Breeding — GO >>

Madison: Jon Christie; Wild Mountain Apiaries Diversification Project — GO >>

Jackson: Catamount Honey; Al McNeely; Beekeeping Expansion — GO >>

Madison: Rickey Ramsey; Ramsey’s Organic Greenhouse — GO >>

McDowell: Ray Revis; Russian Honeybees for Beekeepers — GO >>

Fruits & Vegetables

Polk: DeerHaven Hills Farm; Gail Blate; Drip Irrigation for Blueberries — GO >>

Buncombe: Anthony Cole; Production of Traditional, Specialty, Heirloom Pumpkins
& Winter Squash — GO >>

Haywood: Dibe Duckett; No-till pumpkins — GO >>

Macon: Peaceful Valley Nursery; Eddie Evans; Irrigation & Blueberries — GO >>

Mitchell: Harrell Hill Farms; Doug Harrell; Increased Agri-Tourism & Produce Production — GO >>

Haywood: Ronald James; Polly Planter Seeder — GO >>

Watauga: Springhouse Farm; Amy Johnston; Springhouse Farm Produce Stand — GO >>

Henderson: McConnell Farms, Inc.; Danny McConnell; Strawberry Disease Mgt.
with 21st Century Greenhouse Technology — GO >>

Buncombe: Gladheart Farms; Michael Porterfield; Produce Processing-Packing Facility — GO >>

Henderson: Mountain View; Michael, David, Adam & Andrew Pressley; Blueberries — GO >>

McDowell: Manoah Farms; Frank & Rhonda Seaman; Vegetable Wagon — GO >>

Haywood: Don Smart; Fresh Market Cucumbers — GO >>

Graham: Jean Taylor; Heirloom Vegetable Plant Production — GO >>

Livestock

Buncombe: Marshall Bailey; On-Farm Store: Grass-fed Meats and Lumber — GO >>

Henderson: Vineyards Edge; Tambra Buford; Dairy Goat Farm — GO >>

Buncombe: Crain Family Farm; Tamara Crain; Poultry Advancement — GO >>

Swain: Balltown Bee Farm; Quintin Ellison; Rabbitry for Commercial Meat — GO >>

Yancey: Firefly Farm; Elizabeth Gibbs; Heritage Rabbits for Meat and Breeding Stock — GO >>

Avery: Bobby Gragg; Artificial Insemination of Cattle — GO >>

Clay: Bass & Seth Hyatt; Grass Fed Angus Beef — GO >>

Transylvania: Livestock; David Mackey; Beef Freezers — GO >>

Madison: East Fork Farm; Steve & Dawn Robertson; Cage Free Rabbits — GO >>

Buncombe: Hominy Valley Farms – Land and Cattle; Frank & Jeanette Wilson;
The Loca-Motive: A New Meat Market Opportunity — GO >>

Nurseries & Ornamentals

Macon: Peaceful Valley Nursery; Eddie Evans; Irrigation & Blueberries — GO >>

Buncombe: Useful Plants Nursery; Chuck Marsh; Propagation Facility — GO >>

Henderson: Magnolia Ridge Farm; Dennis Niemeyer; Galax & Native Wildflower Production — GO >>

Specialty Crops

Avery: William Beuttell; Eastern Hops Production — GO >>

Buncombe: Hop N’ Blueberry Farm; Van Burnette; Milkweed Production & Butterfly Farming — GO >>

Buncombe: Anna & Paul’s Farm; Paul & Anna Littman; Shiitake Mushroom Expansion
& Season Extension — GO >>

Transylvania: Mountain Moss; Annie Martin; Green Alternatives for WNC Farmers:
Eco-friendly Mosses — GO >>

Tree Farms

Watauga: Danny Miller; Choose and Cut — GO >>

Watauga: David Tucker; New River Corn Maze & Dark Mountain Choose & Cut — GO >>

Value-Added

Henderson: Vineyards Edge; Tambra Buford; Dairy Goat Farm — GO >>

Buncombe: Venezia Dream Farm; Starr Cash; Fiber Product, Value Added — GO >>

Haywood: Sunburst Trout; Sally Eason; Expansion of a Diversified Value-Added Farm Product — GO >>

Avery: Kyle Kitchin; Sugar Bear Maple Syrup Marketing — GO >>

Buncombe: Michael Porterfield; Produce Processing-Packing Facility — GO >>

Haywood: Kaleb Rathbone; Value-added Options – Frozen Strawberries & Direct Marketing Beef — GO >>

Vineyard

Cherokee: Calaboose Cellars; Eric Carlson; Vineyard Expansion to Sustain Local Made Wine — GO >>

 

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