2005 Farm: Adrian Presnell

Adrian Presnell is a full time farmer who has grown tobacco for over twenty years and is focused on keeping his family farm viable into the future. Mr. Presnell will diversify the farm enterprise by expanding his growing season for … Read More

2005 Farm: The Austin Family

The Austin family is the last remaining dairy operation in Yancey and Mitchell Counties. The dairy along with tobacco production has been the primary income source for this family. With the loss of tobacco income their challenge is to create … Read More

2005 Farm: Boyd Stein

Boyd Stein’s family has relied on income from tobacco production since the 1940’s. Mr. Stein has worked to diversify his income on the farm by investing in the commercial production of Christmas trees. Through the grant Mr. Stein will produce … Read More

2005 Farm: Burson’s Corner Farm

Burson’s Corner Farm is owned and operated by Scott and Colleen Burson. The Burson’s farm serves the Atlanta and Asheville metropolitan areas with organic vegetable starts, flowers, herbs, nursery plants and handmade soaps and lotions. The diversified farm is already … Read More

2005 Farm: Carl Patterson

Carl Patterson and his wife Denise have raised tobacco for 30 years. Mr. Patterson is a full time farmer who is leading alternative enterprise development in our region. He is in his second year of investing in the start up … Read More

2005 Farm: Dan and Catherine Roberts

Dan and Catherine Roberts have grown tobacco and vegetables in Madison for years. Dan is a full time farmer who is interested in experimenting with Irish potato production for the local market. The Roberts’ family has a passion for the … Read More

2005 Farm: Colby Calhoun

Colby Calhoun has grown tobacco for fourteen years in addition to raising cattle, hogs and chickens. Mr. Calhoun works in the public school system and has noticed an increase demand for fresh farm produce in the schools. With the support … Read More

2005 Farm: David Bodford

Because of this grant "I will be able to cover the transitional start up costs from tobacco to the propagation of native nursery plants." – David Bodford Yancey County David Bodford is a part time farmer who has grown tobacco … Read More

2005 Farm: Dewain and Cathy Mackey

Dewain and Cathy Mackey have grown tobacco for over 10 years. The Mackey family predicted the loss of tobacco income several years ago and decided to experiment with hydroponic lettuce production. The hydroponic lettuce is sold to the county school … Read More

2005 Farm: Dickie Jarret

Dickie Jarret has created a radiant heating system for the floor of his greenhouse to utilize the area below the bedding tables. Mr. Jarret will root native shrubs to sell in the winter months. With help from his local NC … Read More

2005 Farm: Dillingham

The Dillingham family is the eighth generation to work the land and find solutions to create a living from the land. The whole family has invested in the new venture to produce wine grapes for the Biltmore Estate Winery. The … Read More

2005 Farm: Doug Clawson

Because of this grant "We will be able to serve more customers who want to experience the ‘Choose and Cut’ Christmas Tree Farm, and sustain the growth of our agribusiness." – Doug Clawson Watauga County Doug Clawson is a full … Read More

2005 Farm: Fred Woodby

Fred Woodby is a full time farmer who has grown tobacco for 35 years. Mr. Woodby has a number of diversified projects to generate income on his farm. In 2005 he will be opening a road side stand on main … Read More

2005 Farm: Jerry Ellison

Because of this grant "I will be able to invest in a viable alternative crop that should perform well in my old tobacco field and attract area customers." – Jerry Ellison Watauga County Jerry Ellison is a part time farmer … Read More

2005 Farm: Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards grew up raising tobacco with his father to help pay for expenses at home and for his college education. 2004 was the last year Mr. Edwards planned to grow tobacco due to the end of the price support. … Read More

2005 Farm: Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson has raised tobacco along with a diversity of plants and animals to diversify the farm income. Mrs. Wilson has continued to carry on the family business, deeply rooted in a love for the land. Through the 2005 WNC … Read More