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In February 2018 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 43 farmers grants totaling $229,000 to assist them in diversifying their farms.

Nine of the farm businesses received $3,000, one received $4,000, and 33 received $6,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.






Project Name


Madison $3,000 The Farmer’s Hands Sebastiaan Zijp Teaching and Event Shelter GO >>

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Transylvania $6,000 Cantrell Creek Trout Farm, LLC Rye and Cyndi Speciale On-Site Hatchery GO >>

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McDowell $6,000 Mikell’s Farm Honey Sharry Mikell Honey Expansion GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Orr’s Bee Supply Darren Orr Keeping Beekeeping Alive GO >>
McDowell $6,000 Revis Russian Apiaries Ray Revis Instrumental Insemination of Russian Honey Bee Queens GO >>
Swain $6000 Two Girls Honey Company Jordan Smith Apiary Expansion GO >>

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Cleveland $6,000 Crookneck Farms Brad Bumgardner Packing and Cooling Center GO >>
Henderson $4,000 Alt Hill and Verdant Pastures Keith Allison Small Fruit Diversification GO >>
McDowell $6,000 His Harvest Farms Dakota Youngblood Irrigation System GO >>

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Buncombe $6,000 Morgan Farms Angus Beef Martin Morgan Corn and Grass Field Chopper GO >>
Buncombe $6,000 Ruby Brown Farm Rick Rhinehart Pasture Raised Beef GO >>
Cleveland $6,000 Goforth Livestock Trip Goforth Improving Beef Profits with TMR Feeding GO >>
EBCI $6,000 Lambert Farms Danny and Krista Lambert Wood Chips and Manure Composting GO >>
Jackson $3,000 Noland Farm Place David Noland Using Creep Feeder to Increase Profit and Calf Health GO >>
Rutherford $6,000 Belflower Farm Jeff and Katie Belflower K-line Pasture Irrigation GO >>

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Christmas Trees

Avery $6,000 Daintrey Trees Bill and Adam Beuttell AVB Greenhouse Project GO >>
Avery $3,000 Haw Mtn. Nursery Ted Farmer Growing Fraser Firs in Outdoor Beds with Additional Light GO >>
Watauga $6,000 C and J Christmas Trees Cecelia and Jeff Brown Multi-Purpose Building GO >>

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Dairy: Sheep

Madison $6,000 Grassroots Farm and Dairy Andrea Van Gunst Grade A Sheep Dairy GO >>

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Haywood $6,000 Blake Francis Farm Blake Francis Round Bale Wrapper GO >>

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Madison $6,000 Our Friendly Allies Kesley Green Greenhouse/Farm Expansion GO>>

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Mitchell $3,000 Mayland Mushrooms Matthew Mazzuckelli Laboratory/Grow Room Renovation and Expansion GO>>

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Caldwell $6,000 Sugartown Farm and Nursery Chip Hope Sustainable Plant Nursery GO>>
Madison $3,000 Wildbud Natives Nathan Buchanan Shade Tunnel Project GO >>

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Graham $3,000 Double 00 Farm Sophia Annette Ensley Breed Preservation and Increased Production GO>>
Graham $6,000 Pine Row Farm Jeff Phillips Pasture Raised Heritage Hogs GO>>

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Buncombe $6,000 Franny’s Farm Frances Tacy Chicken Processing Barn with Brooder Room GO >>

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Sheep and Goats

Cherokee $6,000 Postell Hollow Farms Josh and Brooke Postell Economical Sheep Feeding Area GO >>
Buncombe $6,000 Wild Mountain Farm and Mountain Goatscaping Megan Naylor and William W. Wallace III Barn Raising GO >>

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Burke $6,000 Countryside Berries Theresa Jaynes Muscadine Project GO >>
Haywood $6,000 Dreamy Bean Farm Alexa Baker Heirloom Dry Beans and Dry Corn Production Expansion GO >>
Mitchell $6,000 Jackie’s…Naturally Jackie Wall Facilities Expansion GO >>
Watauga $6,000 Green Dragon Ginseng Todd Combs Ginseng Seed Production GO >>

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Macon $6,000 Blue Ribbon Farms Warren Cabe Stone Grist Mill GO >>
Yancey $6,000 Locally Good Farm Stephanie Poetter Vinegar Production Expansion GO >>

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Avery $3,000 Hall’s Hill Farm Wood Hall Young, III Greenhouse Expansion and Season Extension GO >>
Cherokee $6,000 Mission Valley Farms Deborah Witt Anderson Efficient Drip Irrigation and UV Water Purification for FSMA GO >>
Haywood $6,000 Leatherwood Family Farams Stephen John Leatherwood Freezer GO >>
Madison $3,000 Greenshire Farms Randall Gifford Operation Paper Pot GO >>
Transylvania $6,000 McCall Farm Thomas Mark McCall Produce POS System GO >>
Watauga $6,000 Against The Grain Holly Whitesides and Andrew Bryant Winter Pack Shed and Apprentice Kitchen GO >>

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Clay $6,000 Crawford Acres Chris and Michelle Crawford Expansion and Diversification GO >>
Polk $6,000 Parker-Binns Vineyard Karen and Bob Binns Increasing Wine Production and Diversification GO >>

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