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In February 2016 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 33 farmers grants totaling $177,000 to assist them in diversifying their farms.

Seven of the farm businesses received $3,000 and 26 received $6,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.

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County — Award; Farm; Recipient(s); Project Name

Agritourism

Mitchell — Grant Award: $6,000; Altapass Orchard; Starli McDowell; Serving the Good Stuff Lunch Wagon — GO >>

Watauga — Grant Award: $6,000; Greene Family Tree Farm; Burl Greene;
Diversification of the Farm: “The Four Seasons of Harvesting” — GO >>

Apples

Polk — Grant Award: $6,000; TK Family Farm; Jon Klimstra; High-Density Trellised Apple Orchard — GO >>

Aquaculture

Caldwell — Grant Award: $6,000; JB Farms; Paula and Dale Boles; Aquaponics Greenhouses — GO >>

EBCI — Grant Award: $6,000; Smoky Mountain Trout Farm; John McCoy; Solar Energy for Healthy Food — GO >>

Cattle/Beef

Avery — Grant Award: $6,000; Gragg Farms; Bobby Gragg; BRG Angus Local Grown Meat Production — GO >>

Buncombe — Grant Award: $6,000; Morgan Branch Red Angus; Martin Morgan; Commodity By-Product Mixer — GO >>

Haywood — Grant Award: $6,000; Chestnut Hill Farm; Tim and Jamie Kelley;
Grass Forages and Wildlife Preservation — GO >>

Yancey — Grant Award: $6,000; Edwards Farm; James Moore Edwards; Grass-Fed Cattle — GO >>

Bees

Macon — Grant Award: $6,000; Carringer Farms; Don Carringer; Bee Operation — GO >>

McDowell — Grant Award: $6,000; Sweet Betsy Farm; Karen and Ed Speer; Season Extension Project — GO >>

Christmas Trees

Mitchell — Grant Award: $6,000; Buck’s Tree Farm; Rodney Buchanan;
Alternative Fraser Fir Transplant Production Method — GO >>

Goats and Sheep

Cherokee — Grant Award: $3,000; Cordell Farms; Carolyn Cordell; Sheep and Goat Turn Table Corral System — GO >>

Clay — Grant Award: $6,000; Brothers on Farms; Susan Epps Ward; Lamb Production Expansion — GO >>

Ginseng

Watauga — Grant Award: $6,000; High Country Ginseng; Travis Cornett; Storage and Processing Facility — GO >>

Watauga — Grant Award: $6,000; Todd Combs, Incorporated; Todd Combs; Green Dragon Ginseng Farm — GO >>

Herbs

Buncombe — Grant Award: $6,000; Rayburn Farm; Michael and Lauren Rayburn; Herb Expansion — GO >>

Rutherford — Grant Award: $6,000; Pangaea Plants; Gabriel Noard; Medicinal Herb Processing — GO >>

Mushrooms

Watauga — Grant Award: $6,000; Against the Grain; Holland Whitesides and Andrew Bryant;
Mushrooms and Sorghum Molasses — GO >>

Watauga — Grant Award: $3,000; Lively Up Farm; Matthew Cooper; Mushroom Production — GO >>

Yancey — Grant Award: $6,000; Blooming Branch Farm; Dietrich Blum;
Bulk Substrate Steam Pasteurizer Project — GO >>

Natives

Yancey — Grant Award: $6,000; Exotic Natives Nursery; Bill Weeks;
Expanding Markets, Increasing Manageability and Sales of Native Azaleas — GO >>

Poultry

Transylvania — Grant Award: $6,000; Cosmo Farm; Allen Frost; Poultry Processing Building — GO >>

Rabbits

Transylvania — Grant Award: $6,000; Sospiro Ranch; Curt Burnside;
FDA-Compliant Meat Rabbit Processing Facility — GO >>

Sorghum

Macon — Grant Award: $3,000; Blue Ribbon Farms; Warren, Diana and Clint Cabe; Sorghum Syrup Production — GO >>

Watauga — Grant Award: $6,000; Against the Grain; Holland Whitesides and Andrew Bryant;
Mushrooms and Sorghum Molasses — GO >>

Value-Added

Graham — Grant Award: $3,000; Sassafras Springs Farm; Kendall Williams and Vicki Teem; Goat Milk Soap — GO >>

Swain — Grant Award: $3,000; Linda Ann Davis; Linda Ann Davis; Goat Milk Soap Making Workshop — GO >>

Vegetables

Buncombe — Grant Award: $6,000; Patchwork Urban Farms; Sunil Patel; Cold Storage Establishment — GO >>

Caldwell — Grant Award: $6,000; Living Roots Farm; April Kemp-Moya and Wesley Allen; Packing Facility — GO >>

Cleveland — Grant Award: $6,000; Circle C Farms; Jody Black; Improved Sweet Potato Production — GO >>

Henderson — Grant Award: $3,000; Edmundson Produce Farm; Randy Edmundson;
Growing Healthy Disease-Free Plants — GO >>

Transylvania — Grant Award: $6,000; Pitch Pine Farm; Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby;
Mechanical Cultivation — GO >>

Madison — Grant Award: $6,000; Just Ripe Farm; Rachel Kinard; Soil Improvement and Root Crop Expansion — GO >>

 

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