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Anthony Cole of Jasperwood Farm
Anthony Cole of Jasperwood Farm
In February 2015 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 31 farmers grants totaling $168,000 to assist them in diversifying their farms.

Six of the farm businesses received $3,000 and 25 received $6,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.






Project Name


Yancey $6,000 The Mushroom Hut at Fox Farms Alan and Susan Fox Growing On-Farm Agritourism and Sales GO >>


McDowell $6,000 Mikell’s Farm Sharren Mikell Bee Farm Expansion GO >>
Graham $6,000 Wehrloom Honey Jessica Wehr Value-Added Product Expansion GO >>


Burke $6,000 Perry’s Berry’s Debbie and Terry Perry Cold Storage and Processing of Berries GO >>
Haywood $6,000 Ten Acre Garden Danny Barrett Pick Your Own Berry Expansion GO >>

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Cattle: Beef

Macon $6,000 4 L Livestock Jim Ledford Transition to Managed-Intensive Grazing GO >>
Watauga $3,000 Isaacs Farm David Isaacs Improved Calf Weaning Capabilities GO >>
Watauga $6,000 Ridgwood Simmentals Rusty Henson Livestock Scales and Shelter GO >>
Buncombe $6,000 Rolling Ridge Farm Dwayne and Christy Reeves Cattle Handling System GO >>
Avery $3,000 Wards Farm Brent Ward Cattle Handling System GO >>

Cattle: Feed/Haylage

Jackson $6,000 Bumgarner Farms Bryan Bumgarner Feed Facility GO >>
Madison $6,000 Jewel Hill Farms Ernest Ramsey Hay/Haylage Operation GO >>

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Goats and Sheep

Avery $6,000 Sh-Nanny-Gans Shannonrae Mathes Targeted and Rotational Grazing GO >>
Madison $6,000 Down to Earth Farm Andrea Van Gunst Small-Scale Sheep Dairy GO >>
Polk $3,000 Old Mule Farm Steve Modlin Frozen Lamb Storage and Distribution Space GO >>

Hogs and Poultry

Swain $3,000 Breedlove Family Farms, Inc. Patrick Breedlove Poultry and Game Birds GO >>
Buncombe $6,000 Holt Livestock Michael Holt, Jr. Pig Production GO >>
Madison $6,000 Reeves Home Place Farm Robin Singleton Whiskey Pigs Branded Meat GO >>

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Transylvania $6,000 Still Hill Dressage Natalya Gryson Management-Intensive Grazing GO >>

Medicinal Herbs

Watauga $6,000 High Country Ginseng Travis Cornett Processing and Storage Facility GO >>
Henderson $6,000 Hoopers Creek Botanicals Wallace Souther III Plants Production Upgrade GO >>

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Watauga $6,000 Todd Combs Farm Todd Combs Castle Ford Hops GO>>
Cleveland $6,000 Wild Dahlia Homestead Stacey Costner and Alex Fear Forest Edge Permaculture Design  GO>>


Jackson $6,000 Balsam Gardens Steven Beltram Expansion of Vegetables, Diversification of Markets, Transition to Certified Organic GO >>
Rutherford $6,000 Deer Valley Farm Bob Young Vegetables and Trout GO >>
Buncombe $3,000 Jasperwood Farm Anthony Cole Winter Squash Curing Facility GO >>
Cherokee $6,000 Miller Farms Jon Miller Kress Plastic Finger Weeder GO >>
Transylvania $6,000 Pitch Pine Farm Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby Season Extension GO >>
Clay $6,000 SMM Farms Salvador Moreno Produce Washing System GO >>
Caldwell $6,000 Thankful Fork Farm James Davis High Tunnel for Season Extension GO >>
Watauga $3,000 W.O.W.S.A. Jonathan Fannon Off-grid Post-harvest Washing and Cold Storage GO >>


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