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Tyler Buchanan of South Valley Nursery

In January 2014 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 29 farmers grants totaling $153,000 to assist them in diversifying their farms.

Seven of the farm businesses received $3,000 and 22 received $6,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.






Project Name


Madison $6,000 East Fork Farm Stephen & Dawn Robertson Gristmill GO >>
Henderson $6,000 North River Farms  Ronnie Davis Sorghum Molasses and Agritourism GO >>

Beef Cattle

Haywood $3,000 Cold Mountain Nursery and Farm Joshua Sorrells Expansion of Beef Cattle Using Strip Grazing GO >>
Watauga $6,000 M&H Livestock Gregory Miller Cattle Handling System GO >>
Macon $6,000 Warren Cabe Farm Warren Cabe Pasture-based Rotational Grazing GO >>


Caldwell $6,000 Blue Ridge Apiaries Ryan Higgs Nuc Production Expansion GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Hendley’s Farm Bill Hendley Apiary Expansion GO >>

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Jackson $6,000 Twisted Ridge Farms Abby Jones Blackberries and Raspberries GO >>


Rutherford $6,000 C-Saw Hill Farm Lisa Higgins Solar Hot Water Dairy Cheese Plant GO >>

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Swain $6,000 Breedlove Farms Patrick Breedlove Myotonic Goats GO >>

Hogs, Poultry and Sheep

Burke $6,000 Bluebird Farm Marie Williamson Sustainable Hoophouse Farrowing  GO >>
Yancey $6,000 Goldfinch Gardens Cedar Johnson & Ben McCann Lamb Production  GO >>
Madison $6,000 Oconee Bell Alpacas Leslee Wooton The Appalachian Red Gallic  GO >>
Polk $3,000 Old Mule Farm Steve Modlin Sheep Handling Facility  GO >>
Cherokee $6,000 Stockbridge Farms Jen & Zack Stockbridge Cold Storage for Pastured Poultry  GO >>

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Avery $6,000 South Valley Nursery Tyler Buchanan Greenhouse to Grow out Micropropagated Plants GO >>


Graham $6,000 Pressley Hollow Farm Megan Pressley Truffle Orchard GO >>

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Yancey $6,000 Banks Family Farms Keith Banks Sorghum Syrup GO >>
Watauga $6,000 Bingham Farm Jeffrey MacBeth Cattle Facility Improvements and Meat Storage  GO  >>
Polk $3,000 Ruff B Farm Chauncey Barber Barber Boys’ Beef GO>>
Buncombe $6,000 Shady Place Farms Neal Morgan Structure to House Value-added Freezer Beef  GO >>
Madison $6,000 Trout Lily Farm Phillip Kendall  Value-added Processing House  GO>>
Clay $6,000 Walnut Hollow Ranch Charlie Kissling  All Natural Beef Expansion  GO>>


Yancey $3,000 D&D Farm Danny Thomason Packing Shed, Delivery Trailer, Row Cover GO >>
Henderson $6,000 Edney Farms Jason Edney Packing Facility Upgrade GO >>
Madison $6,000 Paper Crane Farm Joseph Evans Season Extension/Specialty Crop: Root Crop Production GO >>
Yancey $3,000 Riddle-Edwards Farm Gerald Riddle Sweet Potato and Corn Expansion GO >>
Mitchell $3,000 Tater Hill Farm Linda Shell Protection/Expansion/Diversification GO >>
Transylvania $3,000 The Farm at Gwynn Valley Dale Robertson Season Extension GO >>


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