Category:  2006 Recipients

 

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 potatoes. Craig will be supplying produce for fresh consumption and processing to Madison Farms, which […]

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2006 Recipient: Joe & Devon Deal, Deal Farm

Crop Diversification: Syrup Former tobacco growers, Joe and Devon Deal are using the WNC Ag Options grant to increase their production of sorghum syrup. The grant is enabling the Deals to grow a product not commonly produced in the area. Visit www.dealfarms.com Joe & Devon Deal Deal Farm Macon County Contact the Local Extension Agent […]

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2006 Recipient: Bruce DeGroot, Karen Mickler – Yellow Branch Farm

Agri-Tourism: Pottery and Cheese Bruce DeGroot and Karen Mickler have used the WNC Ag Options Grant to improve the road between their dairy and pottery studio to enhance tourists’ experience on their farm. Yellow Branch Farm is located in Graham County. Visit www.yellowbranch.com Bruce DeGroot Karen Mickler Yellow Branch Farm Graham County Contact the Local […]

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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 needles and a drill to make the trees "stand ready." Adding value to the trees […]

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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 images for a larger view

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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 trailer will help the Cornett’s increase lumber production. Glenn and Melissa Cornett Wautauga County Contact […]

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2006 Recipient: J B Jones

Nursery Plants: Christmas Trees Former tobacco grower JB Jones and his grandson, Barry Jones, are sustaining the family farm with help from the WNC Ag Options Grant. The Jones’ plan to propagate Fraser fir seedlings in a greenhouse setting-the only one of its kind in Yancey County. J B Jones Yancey County Contact the Local […]

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2006 Recipient: Jerry Ellison

Fruits/Veggies: Pumpkins For the past 25 years, Jerry Ellison has raised tobacco on a piece of land that has been in his family for the past 50 years in Watauga County. This piece of land is one of the last remaining agricultural fields still actively farmed in Vilas, NC. Jerry has used the WNC Ag […]

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2006 Recipient: Joe Brittain

Fruits/Veggies/Livestock: Berries and Pasture Turkeys The Brittain Family farm has been farmed for four generations. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, the Brittain’s will raise pastured turkeys-heritage breeds, and have started prepping their land for organic blueberry production. The Brittain’s hope that this project will sustain the use of their land for future generations. Joe […]

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2006 Recipient: Joe Worley

Livestock: Sheep Former tobacco grower, Joe Worley, used the WNC Ag Options grant to increase his flock of registered Suffolk sheep. Joe hopes that his 14-year old son, Cody, will be able to continue to farm on family land in Haywood County. Joe Worley Haywood County Contact the Local Extension Agent Click these images for […]

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