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

Agritourism

Cherokee — Grant Award: $6,000; Two Crows Farm; Woody Ham; Agritourism and Retail Expansion — GO >>

Watauga — Grant Award: $6,000; Miller’s Choose and Cut; Joey and Kelley Miller; Farm Expansion — GO >>

Apples

Cherokee — Grant Award: $6,000; Henry’s Farm; Dwight Henry; Smokey Mountain Orchard — GO >>

Henderson — Grant Award: $6,000; Holt Orchards; Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss; Retail Cooling Shed — GO >>

Aquaculture

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

Dairy

Cleveland — Grant Award: $6,000; Flag Branch Farm; Kimberly Peace;
Increasing Income By Adding Value to Goat’s Milk — GO >>

Henderson — Grant Award: $6,000; Fields of Gold; Lisa Black; Goat Milk Dairy Equipment — GO >>

Madison — Grant Award: $6,000; Homemade in Marshall; Kathleen and Kevin Lane; Dairy Upgrade Project — GO >>

Yancey — Grant Award: $6,000; Austin Family Dairy Farm; Andrew Austin;
Waste Management/Manure Spreader — GO >>

Bees

Caldwell — Grant Award: $3,000; Bee Kind Family Farm; Robert Cool; Apiary Expansion — GO >>

Rutherford — Grant Award: $6,000; Corbin Family Farm; Eddy Jacksonn Corbin, Jr.; Honey House — GO >>

Cattle/Beef

Buncombe — Grant Award: $6,000; S.D. Morgan Farms; Shannon Morgan;
Brewer’s Grain: It’s More Than Just Beer — GO >>

Madison — Grant Award: $6,000; Dry Ridge Farm; Graham Brugh; Beef Expansion — GO >>

Haywood — Grant Award: $6,000; Dennis Francis Farm; Dennis Francis; Seed Drill for Pasture Regeneration — GO >>

Goats and Sheep

Buncombe — Grant Award: $6,000; Franny’s Farm; Frances Tacy;
Rotational Grazing System for Sheep and Lamb Production Expansion — GO >>

Cherokee — Grant Award: $6,000; Postell Hollow Farm; Josh Postell;
Complete Sheep Working/Handling Facility — GO >>

Swain — Grant Award: $6,000; Breedlove Family Farms; Patrick Breedlove; Goat Handling Equipment — GO >>

Transylvania — Grant Award: $6,000; Sospiro Ranch; Curt Burnside; Goat Kidding and Handling Barn — GO >>

Herbs

Buncombe — Grant Award: $6,000; The Culinary Gardener; Evan Chender;
BSC Tractor and Implements Upgrade — GO >>

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

Mushrooms

Mitchell — Grant Award: $6,000; Mountain Hollow; Rodney Wise; Mushrooms Operation — GO >>

Pigs

Polk — Grant Award: $6,000; Bradley Farms; Aaron Bradley; Pastured Pig Feeding System — GO >>

Sorghum

Buncombe — Grant Award: $6,000; Flying Cloud Farm; Annie Louise Perkinson;
Mobile Sorghum Syrup Production — GO >>

Madison — Grant Award: $3,000; Doubletree Farm; Cathy Bennett; Sorghum Syrup Expansion — GO >>

Specialty

Madison — Grant Award: $6,000; Paper Crane Farm; Joe Evans; Cut Flowers — GO >>

Watauga — Grant Award: $6,000; The Lily Patch Farm; Susan Owen; Organic Production of Pawpaws — GO >>

Value-Added

Madison — Grant Award: $6,000; Zimmerman’s Berry Farm; Pamela Zimmerman;
Wood-Fired Value Added Processing — GO >>

McDowell — Grant Award: $6,000; Keeper’s Cut Meadery; Charles Myers and Kathryn Curran;
Meadery and Winery — GO >>

Graham — Grant Award: $6,000; Wehrloom Honey; Jessica Wehr; Meadery Expansion — GO >>

Vegetables and Fruits

Avery — Grant Award: $6,000; Trosly Farm; Amos and Kaci Nidiffer; High Tunnel Season Extension — GO >>

Buncombe — Grant Award: $3,000; Cloud 9 Farm; Janet Peterson;
Small Fruit Irrigation and Raspberry Planting — GO >>

Clay — Grant Award: $6,000; LeatherNeck Farms; Samantha and Kevin Webb; Irrigation Expansion — GO >>

Caldwell — Grant Award: $6,000; Big John’s Hydro Farm; John and James Carroll;
Power On: Electricity Back-up and Mini-Fogger — GO >>

Transylvania — Grant Award: $6,000; Clem’s Organic Gardens; Clem Swift; Top-Lift Carrot/Beet Harvester — GO >>

Yancey — Grant Award: $6,000; Green Mountain Farm; Chris Deyton;
Decrease Labor and Increase Safety through Mechanization — GO >>

 

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