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In February 2017 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 35 farmers grants totaling $201,000 to assist them in diversifying their farms.

Three of the farm businesses received $3,000 and 32 received $6,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.


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Cherokee $6,000 Two Crows Farm Woody Ham Agritourism and Retail Expansion GO >>
Watauga $6,000 Miller’s Choose and Cut Joey and Kelley Miller Farm Expansion GO >>

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Cherokee $6,000 Henry’s Farm Dwight Henry Smokey Mountain Orchard GO >>
Henderson $6,000 Holt Orchards Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss Retail Cooling Shed GO >>

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Caldwell $6,000 JB Farms Paula and Dale Boles Aquaponics Greenhouses GO >>

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Cleveland $6,000 Flag Branch Farm Kimberly Peace Increasing Income By Adding Value to Goat’s Milk GO >>
Henderson $6,000 Fields of Gold Lisa Black Goat Milk Dairy Equipment GO >>
Madison $6,000 Homemade in Marshall Kathleen and Kevin Lane Dairy Upgrade Project GO >>
Yancey $6,000 Austin Family Dairy Farm Andrew Austin Waste Management/Manure Spreader GO >>

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Caldwell $3,000 Bee Kind Family Farm Robert Cool Apiary Expansion GO >>
Rutherford $6,000 Corbin Family Farm Eddy Jacksonn Corbin, Jr. Honey House GO >>

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Buncombe $6,000 S.D. Morgan Farms Shannon Morgan Brewer’s Grain: It’s More Than Just Beer GO >>
Madison $6,000 Dry Ridge Farm Graham Brugh Beef Expansion GO >>
Haywood $6,000 Dennis Francis Farm Dennis Francis Seed Drill for Pasture Regeneration GO >>

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Goats and Sheep

Buncombe $6,000 Franny’s Farm Frances Tacy Rotational Grazing System for Sheep and Lamb Production Expansion GO >>
Cherokee $6,000 Postell Hollow Farm Josh Postell Complete Sheep Working/Handling Facility GO >>
Swain $6,000 Breedlove Family Farms Patrick Breedlove Goat Handling Equipment GO >>
Transylvania $6,000 Sospiro Ranch Curt Burnside Goat Kidding and Handling Barn GO >>

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Buncombe $6,000 The Culinary Gardener Evan Chender BSC Tractor and Implements Upgrade GO >>
Rutherford $6,000 Pangaea Plants Gabriel Noard Medicinal Herb Processing GO >>

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Mitchell $6,000 Mountain Hollow Rodney Wise Mushrooms Operation GO>>

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Polk $6,000 Bradley Farms Aaron Bradley Pastured Pig Feeding System GO>>

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Buncombe $6,000 Flying Cloud Farm Annie Louise Perkinson Mobile Sorghum Syrup Production GO>>
Madison $3,000 Doubletree Farm Cathy Bennett Sorghum Syrup Expansion GO>>

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Madison $6,000 Paper Crane Farm Joe Evans Cut Flowers GO>>
Watauga $6,000 The Lily Patch Farm Susan Owen Organic Production of Pawpaws GO >>

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Madison $6,000 Zimmerman’s Berry Farm Pamela Zimmerman Wood-Fired Value Added Processing GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Keeper’s Cut Meadery Charles Myers and Kathryn Curran Meadery and Winery GO >>
Graham $6,000 Wehrloom Honey Jessica Wehr Meadery Expansion GO >>

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Vegetables and Fruits

Avery $6,000 Trosly Farm Amos and Kaci Nidiffer High Tunnel Season Extension GO >>
Buncombe $3,000 Cloud 9 Farm Janet Peterson Small Fruit Irrigation and Raspberry Planting GO >>
Clay $6,000 LeatherNeck Farms Samantha and Kevin Webb Irrigation Expansion GO >>
Caldwell $6,000 Big John’s Hydro Farm John and James Carroll Power On: Electricity Back-up and Mini-Fogger GO >>
Transylvania $6,000 Clem’s Organic Gardens Clem Swift Top-Lift Carrot/Beet Harvester GO >>
Yancey $6,000 Green Mountain Farm Chris Deyton Decrease Labor and Increase Safety through Mechanization GO >>

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