Category:  2005 Recipients

 

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 support from the NC Cooperative Extension and Biltmore Estate Winery is an example of community […]

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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 time farmer who grew tobacco for 14 years on his family’s 75 year old farm. […]

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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 street. Mr. Woodby will raise produce to cater to both the local and Hispanic populations […]

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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 who has grown tobacco for 25 years and is looking for alternative income after the […]

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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. Mr. Edwards plans to plant and harvest 6 acres of alfalfa forage, 1/2 acre of […]

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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 Ag Options grant program Mrs. Wilson will purchase start up materials for making Christmas wreaths […]

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2005 Farm: Kevin Duckett

Kevin Duckett has been raising tobacco on his family’s land for eighteen years with this father and brother. Mr. Duckett has worked to diversify the farm income by raising cattle, hay and corn. He is now looking at raising ornamental trees to supply area landscapers. With the advice of a local landscaper, Mr. Duckett has […]

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2005 Farm: Carl and Julie Mansfield

Carl and Julie Mansfield are the proud owners of Mountain Harvest Organics. This young couple left the computer industry to create their dream of living on the farm. After studying the niche market opportunities available in the Asheville region the Mansfield’s developed a demonstration farm for both students and visitors. The farm currently has 2 […]

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2005 Farm: Michael Garland

Michael Garland has raised tobacco for 18 years along with goats and small fruits. Mr. Garland’s goal is to convert his farm into a family-owned and operated campground. After the tobacco buy-out in 2004, the Garlands are transitioning their agricultural income with trout farming, rental camping cabins and more. With the support of the 2005 […]

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2005 Farm: Mitch Plemmons

Mitch Plemmons is a young part time farmer who is expanding his vegetable sales into local restaurant businesses in the Asheville region. The next generation of farmers like Mr. Plemmons, are both marketing and business savvy. Mr. Plemmon’s demonstration project will generate income for the area through direct farm sales and through tourist dollars. With […]

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