2009 Recipient: Ellis & Barbara Aycock

Ellis & Barbara Aycock Sundance Farm Groundbreaking Organic Farming – $6,000 The Aycocks are semi-retired from off-farm work, and have raised livestock since 1987 and fruits and vegetables since 2006. They are one of very few commercial organic fruit & … Read More

2009 Recipient: Van Burnette

"Just applying for the grant was the best thing I could have done. I learned so much — the cost, the activities, just narrowing what I wanted to do with the farm.  It’s about the most valuable thing I could … Read More

2009 Recipient: Imladris Farm

Walter & Wendy Harrill Imladris Farm The Bunny Barn – $6,000 The Harrills are full-time farmers, who have grown berries since 2000 to process gourmet jam to sell at open-air markets, festivals, online, groceries, restaurants and gift shops across the … Read More

2009 Recipient: Blue Heron Farm

Susan Mallard & Viki Nofke Blue Heron Farm Culinary Herb Project – $6,000 Susan Mallard (CoOwner) & Viki Nofke (Farm Manager) Blue Heron Farm has produced fruits, vegetables and herbs since 1986 and been members and co-founders of North Asheville … Read More

2009 Recipient: Neal & Ava Morgan

Neal & Ava Morgan Creating non-corn-based feed for beef cattle – $3,000 Neal is a third-generation farmer and has raised black angus beef cattle and alfalfa hay since 1984. He grew tobacco prior to 1994, and then leased the tobacco … Read More

2009 Recipient: Cloud 9 Farm

Janet Shisler Peterson, Cloud 9 Farm "This WNC AgOptions project gives me the support for making a business plan with follow through. The grant will enable me to maintain a healthy forest, focus on the sustainability issue of the farm … Read More

2009 Recipient: Wilson Farms

Rayenelle Ritchie, Wilson Farms Rayenelle is noticing the benefits of the grant project to both her family and business. "The kids are helping out – they like working in the greenhouse.  And it’s given us a wider customer base. When … Read More

2009 Recipient: Debra Roberts

Debra Roberts Miss Bee Haven’s Ballard Branch Bee Yard – $3,000 Debra is a fourth-year beekeeper, following a non-chemical natural beekeeping approach. With the award, Debra plans to expand her current bee yard from five hives to ten to develop … Read More

2009 Recipient: Glenn Carson

"The WNC AgOptions money will enable us to overcome the biggest hindrance to production in our apple business thus far – pest control." ~ Glenn Carson Two Buddies Heirloom Apples – $3,000 Glenn operates a 30-acre farm, with 17 acres … Read More

2009 Recipient: Danny and Krista Lambert

Danny and Krista Lambert Beef Expansion – $6,000 The Lamberts, who grew tobacco in the 1970s, have raised livestock since the 1980s. With their award, they will expand their small grass-fed beef operation by clearing brush, adding fence, seeding forages … Read More

2009 Recipient: Mick Rattler

Mick Rattler Job’s Tears (Coix Lacryma-jobi) – $3,000 Mick has raised a variety of vegetables, fruits and livestock since the 1960s With his award, Mick will cultivate Job’s Tears, a plant that produces a seed used as a bead for … Read More

2009 Recipient: Charlie & Barbara Kissling

Charlie & Barbara Kissling Natural Farm-Raised Beef – $3,000 The Kisslings have raised beef cattle and ornamentals since 1997, are small business owners, and have 25 years of experience in food service. With the award, they will market their beef … Read More

2009 Recipient: Philip Moore

"Having assistance with the initial start-up costs enabled us to get the business off the ground much more quickly and allowed us to experiment with different aspects of organic vegetable production. We plan for this to be a long-term venture!" … Read More

2009 Recipient: Stoney Hollow Farms

Scott Boxberger, Stoney Hollow Farms & Stephanie Loafman, Five Sisters "The kitchen has increased farm income, and it makes a better use of the crop. There’s no waste." ~ Stephanie Loafman. "We have the value-added products right here, and the … Read More