Category:  2011 Recipients

 

2011 Recipient: Mountain Cattle Alliance

Primary Contact: L.T. Ward $20,000 — Improving Marketability of WNC Livestock The Mountain Cattle Alliance is encouraging the production of higher quality beef cattle that can command a higher price in the marketplace. The alliance is purchasing equipment and supplies necessary to help members meet national Beef Quality Assurance program standards. Members are establishing a […]

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2011 Recipient: Watauga County Farmers Market (WCFM)

Primary Contact: David Sengel $18,000 — Site Analysis & Capacity-Building for WCFM The Watauga County Farmers Market (WCFM) is securing a long-term home for building sheds and infrastructure . Market leaders anticipate increasing the number of farmers selling at the new site. The WCFM is evaluating possible sites, both public and private, and also developing […]

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2011 Recipient: Southern Appalachian Family Farms (SAFF)

Primary Contact: Judy Johnson $17,000 — SAFF Start-Up and Marketing Plan Southern Appalachian Family Farms (SAFF) is creating a diverse marketing program to sell fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit, meats, value-added and other agricultural products. The association anticipates boosting direct sales through the Internet, tailgate markets, restaurant merchants, local venues, schools and churches. SAFF’s objective […]

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2011 Recipient: Avery County Farmers Tailgate Marketing Association

Primary Contact: Kyle Kitchin $5,000 — Community Advertising and Educational Campaign The association is undertaking an advertising and educational outreach campaign to build the local foods system in Avery County. The members are promoting two weekly Farmers Markets and encouraging new growers to sell at the market by developing and distributing professional marketing materials, including […]

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2011 Recipient: Jackson County Christmas Tree Association

Primary Contact: Charles Fowler $13,000 — Market Expansion for Christmas Tree Growers in the Southern Mountains The association is undertaking a joint marketing campaign to offset several economic challenges in the Christmas tree industry. The members are producing a state-of-the-art website, marketing materials, advertisements and booth displays, which will include a new logo and brand. […]

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2011 Recipient: Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center (Friends of Agriculture)

Primary Contact: Lynn Sprague $19,000 — Polk Fresh Trade Post Project The “Friends of Agriculture” farm group is making a functional retail space, distribution center and cooperative space for strengthening their agricultural economic impact in the WNC community. The group is renovating a donated former school building for use as an Agricultural Center, which is […]

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2011 Recipient: Amos & Kaci Nidiffer

Amos & Kaci Nidiffer, Trosly Farm $6,000 — Value-Added Poultry Processing Equipment The Nidiffers are building a permanent processing building to expand their poultry operation and double their production. With the addition, they will meet the state requirements for on-farm processing of less than 20,000 birds in one year. With the new equipment, they can […]

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2011 Recipient: Grady Bob Johnson, Jr.

Grady Bob Johnson, Jr., Tucker Hollow Farm $6,000 — Berries and Honey Tucker Hollow Farm will expand their existing farm with the addition of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and 20 stands of honeybees to pollinate the berries and their other vegetable crops. The berry crop will be unique in Avery County where few berry producers currently […]

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2011 Recipient: Eddie and Jeff Frisbee

Eddie and Jeff Frisbee, Addison Farms Vineyard $9,000 — Vineyard and Winery Expansion The Frisbees are continuing the family’s fifth-generation tradition of farming by diversifying their cattle farm into a vineyard and winery. With the addition of 400 vines, they are growing the vineyard a half an acre for a total of three acres of […]

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2011 Recipient: Anthony Cole

Anthony Cole, Jasperwood Farm $3,000 — Production of Colored Bell Peppers Anthony is diversifying his winter squash, livestock and Christmas tree farm with the production of full color bell peppers, which provides cash flow at a time period when other crop enterprises are providing no income. He is purchasing a drip irrigation system, which is […]

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