2006 Recipient: Amy Ager

Agri-Tourism: Corn Maze Amy and Jamie Ager, owners of Spring House Meats, are using the WNC Ag Options grant to diversify their farm by adding a corn maze for agri-tourism and offering educational programming to local youth and student groups … Read More

2006 Recipient: Amy Chambers

Crop Diversification: Greenhouse The Chamber’s family farm has been situated on the same land in Cherokee County since the early 1800’s. Chris Chambers and his wife Amy relocated to the farm with the goal to keep the land in agricultural … Read More

2006 Recipient: Bobby Ray Yelton

Fruits/Veggies: Potatoes Mitchell County Agriculture Agents are working with Bobby Ray Yelton potato field grown with help from the WNC Ag Options Grant. Bobby Ray Yelton Mitchell County Contact the Local Extension Agent Click these images for a larger view

2006 Recipient: Bouchonnet – T&B Blueberries

Fruits/Veggies: Berries In an effort to boost blueberry production, Macon County farmers Bob and Teresa Bouchonnet purchased a new irrigation system with the WNC Ag Options Grant. Robert & Teresa Bouchonnet – T&B Blueberries Macon County Contact the Local Extension … Read More

2006 Recipient: Briar Rose Farm

Agri-Tourism: Berries and Tourism Judith Hansen and Tom Hare of Briar Rose Farm, a diverse 160 acre old mountain farm in Madison County, have used the WNC Ag Options Grant to expand their agri-tourism operation to include a nature trail … Read More

2006 Recipient: Craig Edwards

Crop Diversification: Potatoes Former tobacco grower in Madison County, Craig Edwards, will use the WNC Ag Options Grant to convert two acres of tillable land that has previously been used to grow tobacco in order to grow broccoli and sweet … Read More

2006 Recipient: Diane Cornett Deal

Agri-Tourism: Christmas Trees With the WNC Ag Options Grant, Diane Cornett Deal will be able to expand services offered at her choose and cut operation in Watauga County. Equipment purchased with the grant includes a "tree shaker" to remove excess … Read More

2006 Recipient: George Hughes

Fruits/Veggies: Potatoes Tobacco grower George Hughes is growing a crop of Kennebec potatoes planted in a former tobacco field he transitioned with help from the WNC Ag Options Grant. George Hughes Mitchell County Contact the Local Extension Agent Click these … Read More

2006 Recipient: Glenn and Melissa Cornett

Machinery: Mill The Cornett’s purchased a new trailer with help from the WNC Ag Options grant. After Glenn Cornett stopped growing tobacco, he decided to supplement farm income by harvesting downed timber and investing in a portable sawmill. The new … Read More