2010 Recipient: Ronnie and Kathy James

Ronnie and Kathy James PolyPlanter Seeder Grant Award: $9,000 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 … View >>

2010 Recipient: Kaleb Rathbone

Kaleb Rathbone Value-Added Options through Frozen Strawberries and Direct Marketing Beef Grant Award: $6,000 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 … View >>

2010 Recipient: Donald Smart

Donald Smart Fresh Market Cucumbers Grant Award: $6,000 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 … View >>

2010 Recipient: Danny & Kathryn McConnell

Danny & Kathryn McConnell: McConnell Farms, Inc. Strawberry Disease Management with 21st Century Greenhouse Design Grant Award: $6,000 The McConnells are building a specialty screened greenhouse that allows for second generation and virtually disease-free plants to be supplied to commercial … View >>

2010 Recipient: Al McNeely, Catamount Honey

Al McNeely, Catamount Honey Beekeeping Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Al is expanding and upgrading his beekeeping operation by adding nucleus hives for sale, obtaining a universal product code (UPC) for his products, and purchasing specialized honey extracting equipment. Al manages … View >>

2010 Recipient: Jon Christie

Jon Christie Wild Mountain Apiaries Diversification Project Grant Award: $6,000 Jon is producing nucleus honeybee colonies for sale to replace colony losses; trapping, packaging and marketing fresh high quality bee pollen; offering hands-on educational workshops and internships in beekeeping; and … View >>

2010 Recipient: Rickey Ramsey

Rickey Ramsey Ramsey’s Organic Greenhouse Grant Award: $6,000 Rickey is revitalizing his greenhouse operation, which was damaged by flooding in 2002. He is repairing the structure and building a six-inch deep frame around his tomato beds to help manage proper … View >>

2010 Recipient: Ray Revis

Ray Revis Russian Honeybees for Beekeepers Grant Award: $6,000 Ray is increasing the production of bees, honey and queens; developing wax products; and working with the USDA-ARS Abee Lab and Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association to improve two genetic lines … View >>