Category:  2010 Recipients

 

2010 Recipient: Michael Porterfield, Gladheart Farms

Michael Porterfield Gladheart Farms $6,000 – Produce Processing-Packing Facility Gladheart Farms is building a packing and processing facility for farm produce, which will include a canning area and walk-in cooler for product storage. This new facility will improve food safety standards and greatly increase the farm’s ability to produce value-added products. Gladheart Farms sells to […]

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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 beef and chicken produced on their farm as well as pork, rabbits and trout from […]

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2010 Recipient: Eric Carlson, Calaboose Cellars

Eric Carlson Calaboose Cellars $3,000 – Vineyard Expansion to Sustain Local Wine Made from Local Grapes Eric is expanding his vineyard by adding 150 Chambourcin vines, 75 Seyval vines, and 75 Catawba vines. His aim is to produce wine made exclusively from local fruit. Currently, approximately half of the wine his winery produces is from […]

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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 weight gain, artificial breeding, and ultra-sounding to determine carcass quality and parasite control. The father […]

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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 trees, root stock for apples and vegetable plants. Graham County Contact the Local Extension Agent

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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 the farm’s rolling hills. With the purchase of a Monsem NG No-Till planter, Dibe can […]

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2010 Recipient: Sally Eason, Sunburst Trout

Sally Eason and Charles Hudson Sunburst Trout $3,000 – Expansion of a Diversified Value-Added Farm Product Sunburst Trout is expanding the production and sales of Hudson’s Smoked Tomato Jam, which the company has produced at a small scale since 2009. CEO Sally Hudson and Chef Charles Hudson are incorporating a peristaltic pump to the operation. […]

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2010 Recipient: Ronnie and Kathy James

Ronnie and Kathy James $9,000 – PolyPlanter Seeder Ronnie is purchasing a polyplanter seeder for his cucumber operation, which will allow him to plant seeds into fields covered with plastic mulch and save time usually spent hand-planting. Without the seeder, he would not be able to increase acreage of cucumbers. Ronnie sells to a local […]

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2010 Recipient: Kaleb Rathbone

Kaleb Rathbone $6,000 – Value-added Options through Frozen Strawberries and Direct Marketing Beef Kaleb is increasing sales of strawberries and beef through direct marketing. He is purchasing packaging equipment and a commercial freezer, which allows him to market products year-round. He is also hiring a marketing firm to develop a website for his products and […]

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2010 Recipient: Donald Smart

Donald Smart $6,000 – Fresh Market Cucumbers Don is establishing approximately eight acres of trellised slicer & pickling cucumbers, further diversifying his tobacco and tomato farm. With the purchase of an air blast sprayer, he is increasing the efficiency of his operation. This expansion provides a cash flow in a typically slow part of the […]

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