2010 Recipient: Bobby Gragg

Bobby Gragg $6,000 – Artificial Insemination of Beef Cattle Bobby is increasing his ability to artificially inseminate cattle with top quality bulls; improving growth trait records; and enhancing marketability of his beef. He is purchasing a portable head gate with … Read More

2010 Recipient: Kyle Kitchin

Kyle Kitchin $3,000 – Sugar Bear Maple Syrup Marketing Kyle is purchasing a propane heated finishing cooker for his maple syrup operation. The cooker enhances the beauty and marketability of Grade A light amber maple syrup by allowing for a … Read More

2010 Recipient: Marshall Bailey

Marshall Bailey $6000 – On-Farm Store; Lumber Marshall passed away during the grant cycle and was unable to complete the project. Marshall was establishing an On-Farm Store in Barnardsville featuring grass-fed beef, pork, produce and other farm products from his … Read More

2010 Recipient: Van Burnette

Van Burnette Hop N’ Blueberry Farm $3,000- Milkweed Production & Butterfly Farming Van is establishing a commercial milkweed operation. The primary customers for milkweed are butterfly farmers who are unable to produce sufficient food supply for caterpillars. Van is also … Read More

2010 Recipient: Starr Cash

Starr Cash Venezia Dream Farm $3,000 – Fiber Product, Value-Added Processing Starr is purchasing fiber processing equipment (micro-mill or cottage scale) to add value to fiber produced by her own herd of alpacas as well as that of the local … Read More

2010 Recipient: Anthony Cole

Anthony Cole $6,000 – Production of Traditional, Specialty and Heirloom Pumpkins and Winter Squash Anthony is expanding his pumpkin operation with the purchase of a no-till planter unit and air blast sprayer. He is planting into managed wheat residue in … Read More

2010 Recipient: Paul & Anna Littman

Paul & Anna Littman Anna & Paul’s Farm $6,000 – Shiitake Mushroom Expansion & Season Extension The Littmans are increasing their mushroom production during summer months and extending their production season with the construction of a cold frame. They are … Read More

2010 Recipient: Chuck Marsh and Debbie Lienhart

Chuck Marsh and Debbie Lienhart Useful Plants Nursery $6000 – Propagation Facility Useful Plants Nursery specializes in growing food and medicinal plants for local and regional markets, including fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and herbaceous perennials. With this grant, … Read More

2010 Recipient: Frank & Jeanette Wilson

Frank & Jeanette Wilson Hominy Valley Farms – Land and Cattle $9,000 – The Loca-Motive: A New Meat Market Opportunity The Wilsons are opening a market stand for local meat at the WNC Farmers Market at Asheville. They are selling … Read More

2010 Recipient: Bass & Seth Hyatt

Bass & Seth Hyatt $6,000 – Grass-Fed Angus Beef The Hyatts are constructing a new cattle-working facility – corral, scales, chute and head-gate – for their grass-fed operation on a 640-acre farm. The equipment will encourage the careful monitoring of … Read More

2010 Recipient: Jean Taylor

Jean Taylor $6,000 – Heirloom Vegetable Plant Production In response to the high demand for heirloom vegetables, Jean is expanding her bedding plant operation by increasing her heated space and purchasing additional materials. She supplies other small growers with fruit … Read More

2010 Recipient: Dibe Duckett

Dibe Duckett $6,000 – No-till Pumpkins Dibe is transitioning 12 acres of pumpkins from plastic mulch production to no-till. The new system adds organic matter to the soil and limits the soil erosion in his fields, currently a challenge on … Read More