Category:  2005 Recipients

 

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 cabbage, squash and beans. He will use his grant money as the down payment for […]

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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 an alternative business. The whole family is invested in converting the tobacco barn into a […]

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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 bare-root Fraser fir transplants from seedlings for commercial use, and he will convert previous tobacco […]

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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 a successful agriculture business. The funds from the WNC Ag Options program were used to […]

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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 capital for Boar goat herd production in order to fully transition out of tobacco. In […]

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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 land, community and actively shares their passions with all who purchase local produce from them. […]

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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 of the 2005 WNC Ag Options program Mr. Calhoun will convert one acre of tobacco […]

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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 in the past along with variety of vegetables and Christmas trees. After experimenting and learning […]

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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 system and now the Mackey’s would like to experiment with raising hydroponic strawberries for the […]

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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 Cooperative Extension agent, Jerry Moody, Dickie Jarret will reduce the use of fuel in winter […]

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