2019 Recipient: Heartwood Farms

Sarah Beth Hopton, Heartwood Farms Ltd Rabbitry Grant Award: $6,000 Heartwood Farms will be constructing an integrated, closed loop rabbitry and vermiculture barn and system. After two years of market testing a variety of livestock, they have determined that raising … View >>

2019 Recipient: Full Moon Farm

Kara Dodson and Jacob Crigler, Full Moon Farm Paperpot Transplanter Grant Award: $3,000 Full Moon Farm purchased a specialty piece of equipment called a Paper Pot Transplanter. Rather than having to pop out plant starts by hand and place into … View >>

2019 Recipient: Pitch Pine Farm

Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby, Pitch Pine Farm Root Vegetable Harvesting Equipment Grant Award: $6,000 From farm analyses of their root vegetable production, it was identified that over ¾ of Pitch Pine Farm’s time is spent harvesting. The purchase of … View >>

2019 Recipient: Clem’s Organic Gardens

Clement Swift, Clem’s Organic Gardens Machinery for Storage Vegetable Production Grant Award: $6,000 To assist with the expansion high demand organic root vegetables, including a unique variety of potato marketed as the “Appalachian Gold,” Clem will be purchasing two pieces … View >>

2019 Recipient: 3M Livestock

Gregory Miller, 3M Livestock Diversifying to Goats and Sheep Grant Award: $6,000 In order to diversify his cow/calf operation, Greg will be adding field fencing to farm and removing the barbed wire to introduce goats and sheep to his herd. … View >>

2019 Recipient: Trebuchet Hill

Julia and John McIntyre, Trebuchet Hill Cucumber Beetle Suppression with Alternative Row Cover and Introduced Pollinators Grant Award: $6,000 Trecuchet Hill has been producing small batch organic artisanal pickles since 2016. Because of their popularity and demand, plans are to … View >>

2019 Recipient: Wild Berry Farms

Mitch Plemmons, Wild Berry Farms Multi-Use Shed Grant Award: $6,000 Mitch will construct a 24’x31’x12′ shed that will serve as a storing, grading and packing facility, as well as a space to park tractors and equipment when not in use. … View >>

2019 Counties

  Click any county for details, or use these links: Avery (2)  ::  Buncombe (4)  ::  Burke (1)  ::  Caldwell (2)  ::  Cherokee (1) Cleveland (2)  ::  EBCI (2)  ::  Haywood (2)  ::  Henderson (3) Macon (1)  ::  Madison (5) … View >>

2019 Program

Click here to see a list of the 2019 recipients. Mission of WNC AgOptions: Building sustainable farming communities in our mountain region by providing resources directly to farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations. The ultimate goal of WNC … View >>

2019 Recipient: Pink Boots Farm

John Pearson, Pink Boot Farms Goat Barn Renovation/Milking Operation Grant Award: $6,000 John and Lynn Pearson’s farm project is to add goat milk, butter, and aged goat cheese production to the farm. To accomplish this goal, their 150 year old … View >>

2019 Recipient: Gaining Ground Farm

Anne and Aaron Grier, Gaining Ground Farm Expansion of Heirloom Wheat and Rye Flour Production Grant Award: $6,000 The Griers purchased equipment to expand heirloom small grain production on their 12-acre diversified farm. While they have been growing grains for … View >>

2018 Topics

  County — Award; Farm; Recipient(s); Project Name Agritourism Madison — Grant Award: $3,000; The Farmer’s Hands; Sebastiaan Zijp; Teaching and Event Shelter — GO >> Aquaculture Transylvania — Grant Award: $6,000; Cantrell Creek Trout Farm, LLC; Rye and Cyndi … View >>

2018 Recipient: Franny’s Farm

Frances and Jeff Tacy, Franny’s Farm Chicken Processing Barn with Brooder Room Grant Award: $6,000 Franny’s Farm has streamlined their existing chicken operation with the addition of a dedicated processing barn with a brooder room. No longer does it take … View >>