Category:  2008 Recipients

 

2008 Recipient: Alan Johnson – Hi-Lo Mountain Nursery

Ornamentals/Nursery Plants; Greenhouses & Buildings Alan Johnson is building a greenhouse to propagate plant material, which he sells for stream restoration projects. The vegetation stabilizes stream banks to prevent soil erosion into the water. With the greenhouse addition, Alan can grow plants from seed, so that he will no longer need to purchase his plants […]

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2008 Recipient: Andrew Jones

Greenhouses & Buildings; Livestock Andrew Jones of Clay County is growing his goat operation by building shelter, constructing fencing and renovating pasture. The land in Fires Creek where he farms has been in his family’s hands for four generations, and now he resides there with his new wife and baby. He plans to sell goat […]

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2008 Recipient: Anne Gaines Grier – Gaining Ground Farm

Fruits & Vegetables; Season Extension Anne Gaines Grier is selling produce year-round by growing winter crops, such as onions, leeks and garlic, with the help of her grant. She purchased tractor and field equipment and propagation materials crucial for a year-round operation. Anne sells to area restaurants, local produce companies, natural food grocers and tailgate […]

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2008 Recipient: Annie Perkinson – Flying Cloud Farm

Value-Added Processing; Season Extension; Fruits & Vegetables Annie Perkinson, co-owner of Flying Cloud Farm in Buncombe County, is using the shared-use commercial equipment of Blue Ridge Food Ventures, an initiative of the Advantage West Economic Development Group, to process her strawberries, tomatoes and peppers into jams, juice and relishes. She expects to sell her value-added […]

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2008 Recipient: Bobby Williams

Ornamentals/Nursery Plants Bobby Williams of Graham County is starting a nursery specializing in native plants. He propagates more than 200 varieties, often times from seed collected in his nearby woods. He sells to nurseries, farmers’ markets and individuals, advertising in local newspapers. Bobby Williams "The grant boosted my inventory quite a bit," Bobby said. "I […]

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2008 Recipient: Brad Martin

Ornamentals/ Nursery Plants; Greenhouses & Buildings Brad Martin of Buncombe County is developing an 8-acre hay field into the main growing site for his new nursery business, Southeastern Natives. He is constructing a greenhouse, cold frame, shade house and irrigation system. Brad Martin "The grant has given me the opportunity to grow my new business," […]

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2008 Recipient: Cynthia Sharpe and Dwain Swing – OakMoon Creamery

Greenhouses & Buildings; Value-Added Processing; Livestock Cynthia Sharpe and Dwain Swing are improving their milking room and creamery so that they can produce raw goat-milk cheese. With the grant, they purchased steel stanchions and constructed an aging room. Cynthia is now able to work full-time on the farm with the extra income from raw milk […]

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2008 Recipient: Doubletree Farm

Value-Added Processing; Greenhouses & Buildings They are using the knowledge about molasses-making they’ve gained from their neighbors Peggy and Nathan Harmon, whose ancestors made molasses, and building their own sweet sorghum processing operation. The facility is available to neighbor cane growers for a fee. The Bennetts sell their product at tailgate markets and to individuals […]

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2008 Recipient: Chad Calhoun

Fruits & Vegetables; U-Pick Farm With the help of the grant, Chad Calhoun of Mitchell County is encouraging his family’s multi-generational tradition of farming to continue. He is establishing a U-Pick strawberry operation with the assistance of his two daughters, since they are interested in growing the fruit. He is transitioning from growing tobacco, his […]

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2008 Recipient: Chris Owen – Spinning Spider Creamery

Greenhouses & Buildings; Value-Added Processing; Livestock; Agritourism Chris Owen, owner of Spinning Spider Creamery in Madison County, is improving her cheese aging facility so that she can increase her production of hard cheeses. The additions will also make the creamery more inviting to customers. Chris is offering cheese-making classes at her farm. Chris Owen Spinning […]

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