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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.






Project Name


Mitchell $6,000 Altapass Orchard Starli McDowell Serving the Good Stuff Lunch Wagon GO >>
Watauga $6,000 Greene Family Tree Farm Burl Greene Diversification of the Farm: “The Four Seasons of Harvesting” GO >>


Polk $6,000 TK Family Farm Jon Klimstra High-Density Trellised Apple Orchard GO >>


Caldwell $6,000 JB Farms Paula and Dale Boles Aquaponics Greenhouses GO >>
EBCI $6,000 Smoky Mountain Trout Farm John McCoy Solar Energy for Healthy Food GO >>

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Avery $6,000 Gragg Farms Bobby Gragg BRG Angus Local Grown Meat Production GO >>
Buncombe $6,000 Morgan Branch Red Angus Martin Morgan Commodity By-Product Mixer GO >>
Haywood $6,000 Chestnut Hill Farm Tim and Jamie Kelley Grass Forages and Wildlife Preservation GO >>
Yancey $6,000 Edwards Farm James Moore Edwards Grass-Fed Cattle GO >>


Macon $6,000 Carringer Farms Don Carringer Bee Operation GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Sweet Betsy Farm Karen and Ed Speer Season Extension Project GO >>

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Christmas Trees

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

Goats and Sheep

Cherokee $3,000 Cordell Farms Carolyn Cordell Sheep and Goat Turn Table Corral System GO >>
Clay $6,000 Brothers on Farms Susan Epps Ward Lamb Production Expansion GO >>


Watauga $6,000 High Country Ginseng Travis Cornett Storage and Processing Facility GO >>
Watauga $6,000 Todd Combs, Incorporated Todd Combs Green Dragon Ginseng Farm GO >>

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Buncombe $6,000 Rayburn Farm Michael and Lauren Rayburn Herb Expansion GO >>
Rutherford $6,000 Pangaea Plants Gabriel Noard Medicinal Herb Processing GO >>


Watauga $6,000 Against the Grain Holland Whitesides and Andrew Bryant Mushrooms and Sorghum Molasses GO>>
Watauga $3,000 Lively Up Farm Matthew Cooper Mushroom Production GO>>
Yancey $6,000 Blooming Branch Farm Dietrich Blum Bulk Substrate Steam Pasteurizer Project GO>>

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


Transylvania $6,000 Cosmo Farm Allen Frost Poultry Processing Building GO>>


Transylvania $6,000 Sospiro Ranch Curt Burnside FDA-Compliant Meat Rabbit Processing Facility GO>>


Macon $3,000 Blue Ribbon Farms Warren, Diana and Clint Cabe Sorghum Syrup Production GO>>
Watauga $6,000 Against the Grain Holland Whitesides and Andrew Bryant Mushrooms and Sorghum Molasses GO>>

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Graham $3,000 Sassafras Springs Farm Kendall Williams and Vicki Teem Goat Milk Soap GO >>
Swain $3,000 Linda Ann Davis Linda Ann Davis Goat Milk Soap Making Workshop GO >>


Buncombe $6,000 Patchwork Urban Farms Sunil Patel Cold Storage Establishment GO >>
Caldwell $6,000 Living Roots Farm April Kemp-Moya and Wesley Allen Packing Facility GO >>
Cleveland $6,000 Circle C Farms Jody Black Improved Sweet Potato Production GO >>
Henderson $3,000 Edmundson Produce Farm Randy Edmundson Growing Healthy Disease-Free Plants GO >>
Transylvania $6,000 Pitch Pine Farm Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby Mechanical Cultivation GO >>
Madison $6,000 Just Ripe Farm Rachel Kinard Soil Improvement and Root Crop Expansion GO >>

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