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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

2008 Recipient: Chris and Rachel Leek

Flowers & Herbs Chris and Rachel Leek of Haywood County are propagating flowers and herbs on their urban lot to sell to restaurants, retailers and individuals. With the grant, they are constructing a small greenhouse and installing a drip irrigation … Read More

2008 Recipient: Coy Griffin

Greenhouses & Buildings; Livestock Coy Griffin of Madison County, a former tobacco grower, is improving his horse boarding business by modernizing and expanding his 30-year-old building, which was once a tobacco barn. He hopes the improvements will help him board … Read More

2008 Recipient: Dale Robertson

Livestock; Educational Farm Dale Robertson, farm manager of the camp Gwynn Valley in Transylvania County, is automating his milking operation to improve educational opportunities for campers. The clear tubing of his automatic milker allows children at the camp to view … Read More

2008 Recipient: Diane Almond

Beekeeping, Agritourism, Nursery Plants, Educational Farm Diane Almond, owner of Honey Bees and Heather in Henderson County, is developing her nursery and apiary into an agri-tourism destination and educational resource for local residents. With the grant, she is increasing the … Read More