Category:  2009 Recipients

 

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 & vegetable growers in Avery County. They will build a greenhouse for seedlings with the WNC […]

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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 have done.  And then getting the grant — I probably wouldn’t have gone quite as […]

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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 southeast. They also raise rabbits to use the manure for fertilizer, and sell the meat […]

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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 Tailgate Market for 17 years. With the award, Farm Manager Viki Nofke will extend the […]

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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 allotment for approximately five years. He is in the process of converting his cow-calf operation […]

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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 and benefit financially at the same time." ~ Janet Peterson Sustainable Sawmilling – $9,000 Janet […]

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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 people come to the farm for flowers, they also see that we have produce," she […]

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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 her family’s income with honey, pollen, honeybee-related crafts and nuc sales. Debra is particularly interested […]

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2009 Recipient: William Bruce & John Bruce

"Running the produce stand will move me away from the uncertainty of the wholesale market." ~ Billy Bruce B&B Farms Produce Stand – $9,000 Billy and John Bruce are former dairy & beef cattle farmers, former tobacco growers (until 1972), and current vegetable growers. They plan to expand their vegetable selection to 18 items, and, […]

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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 devoted to grain production, 3-4 acres for nursery crops and the remaining in pasture. He […]

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