New Community Grant Opportunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2010 Contact: Megan Riley, WNC AgOptions, (828) 333-4151, or your local Cooperative Extension Center. Grants to Boost Local Agriculture System WNC AgOptions application deadline November 22 MARSHALL — WNC Agricultural Options is introducing a … View >>

Project Summary

The WNC AgOptions program assists farmers and their communities by strategically supporting diversified crops and/or agriculture tourism ventures. Economically viable farming operations enhance tourism and sustainable development by retaining open space and wildlife areas that draw people to area. Diversification … View >>

Project Justification

Since 2004, WNC AgOptions has administered 423 grants totaling nearly $2 million, including nine community group projects, which often affect hundreds of farmers. Based on data collected from the 2009-2011 projects, the following is a snapshot of a typical WNC … View >>

Project History

With support from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC Agricultural Options has provided 423 grants totaling nearly $2 million, along with agribusiness training and marketing education, to farmers and community groups since 2004. In the last decade, the farm … View >>

Project Goals

Our Mission: The Western North Carolina Agricultural Options Program builds sustainable farming communities in our mountain region by providing resources directly to farmers who are diversifying and expanding their operations. Goals and Objectives: • Assist tobacco farmers and those in … View >>

Year-End Dinners

At the end of each grant cycle, WNC AgOptions recipients gather to hear stories from the year, share products from their projects and enjoy a dinner made almost solely from their farms’ produce. The magical evenings receive rave reviews from … View >>


Current Events for the Agricultural Community Check your NC Cooperative Extension Center for local agricultural meetings and events. Cooperative Extension Agents are available to answer questions about the next WNC AgOptions award cycle. Other Links to Agricultural Events WNC Vegetable … View >>

2006 Economic Impact Study

    Primary data for this analysis was derived from original grant requests, site visits, telephone and email communication, and a three page survey administered in the late winter and early spring of 2006. Surveys on 68 projects and 74 … View >>

News Archives

WNC AgOptions Press Releases   in the News 2010 Roadside produce stand on honor system While produce stands are a roadside fixture in the High Country, Springhouse Farm in Vilas has a built-in advantage. Springhouse Farm has a new self-service, … View >>

2008 Snapshot

Good News “This program has been a blessing and an education. I had no idea of any resources other than the few farmers in the area. The resources provided by this grant have been excellent!” “This grant has allowed me … View >>