Category:  2004 Recipients

 

2004 Farm: Alex and Nicole Dension

Looking to expand apart from the individual and wholesale markets, agritoursim seemed the next logical step for the Denison’s trout farm. Having been asked repeatedly if they allow "fish-out" or for tours by both community members and the occasional tourist seeking entertainment and a farm-fresh meal, they now began to consider agritourism as a viable […]

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2004 Farm: Anthony Owens

A. Owens has inherited his family’s apple orchard and has grown apples for the past 14 years. With the grant money Anthony will purchase organic chemicals, packing supplies and digital weather station to increase the production and quality of his organic apples in the market. Expected income from organic apple production in 2004, $11,000. Because […]

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2004 Farm: Beverly Whitehead

Beverly and her husband have been farming since they were kids. In 2001 they helped to start the Smoky Mountain Native Plant Association and became cooperators in the Specialty Crops Program. This grant allowed them to expand the specialty crop production of rams from 1 acre to 10 acres by fencing out cattle, acquiring a […]

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2004 Farm: Billy Bryant

B. Bryant has grown approximately eight and half acres of tobacco for the past 7 years. Due to the declining demand of burley tobacco Bill Bryant is transitioning one acre of his land into commercial tomato production. Bryant will plan and execute the building of a packing and storage house for the tomatoes. Expected income […]

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2004 Farm: Bruce DeGroot

Yellow Branch Farm and has been drawing visitors for several years now. The dairy is pasture-based and milk from the herd is used for cheesemaking. Karen’s pottery studio is in the lower pasture. This grant allowed Yellow Branch to build a public restroom near the cheese facility for the comfort of their growing visitor base. […]

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2004 Farm: Candice Rice

C. Rice has been farming for almost 30 years. She raised tobacco, cattle, chicken, turkeys and a variety of vegetables. Candice would like to continue to farm and is looking to diversify farm production. With the help of her extension agents Candice was able to inoculate 500 logs with shitake mushrooms and purchase a dehydrator […]

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2004 Farm: Carl Patterson

Carl is a full-time farmer who ordinarily raises produce to sell locally, tends bee-hives for honey, and since 1974, still farms burley tobacco. Searching for more stable commodities, Carl used his grant to assist in extensive field renovation and adding a fencing system to allow for rotational grazing of goats for meat production. Expected income […]

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2004 Farm: Charles Conley and Donald Woodby

Charles and Donald are full time farmers who have grown tobacco for years. With the help of their local NC Cooperative Extension agents Jean Harrison, Stanley Holloway, and Claude Deyton they will be building a cold-frame greenhouse to root boxwoods, hollies, burning bush and nandina bushes. Expected income totals $5,000 over the next 2 years. […]

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2004 Farm: Danny McConnell

The McConnell farm was started in the 1940’s and has raised tobacco, beef cattle, diary cattle, and apples. Now with the decline of farm income the McConnell farm is creating an agri-tourism farm. The farm sells both fruits and vegetables locally and to wholesale distributors. In upcoming years the McConnell farm would like to expand […]

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2004 Farm: Dickie Jarret

Dickie Jarret has created a radiant heating system for the floor of his greenhouse in addition to installing lights to extend his nursery’s growing season. With the help from his local NC Cooperative Extension agent Jerry Moody, in Avery County, Dickie Jarret will raise frasier fur seedlings to meet growing market demands. Expected income from […]

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