$6,000—Mechanical Cultivation for Sustainable Weed Management
John and David will be purchasing a mechanical cultivator to assist in weed management on his 10-acre vegetable farm. Currently, the two-person operation manages weeds by hand labor and through the use of herbicides. Mechanical cultivation will significantly reduce labor and will minimize herbicide use on the farm. Other outcomes include increased production and overall improvement to the health of the farm. They will be the only farm located on Tribal lands that uses a mechanical cultivator and grows vegetables on this scale. Dugan Farms sells five acres of vegetables to Mad Meal Preps in Bryson City, a healthy locally sourced to-go meal prep service. They also sell to families in the tribal communities on the Qualla Boundary, proving healthy options for communities located in a food desert.