Category:  2011 Recipients

 

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: 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: 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: Loretta Ball

Loretta Ball, Craggy View Farm $6,000 — Farm Stand Loretta is building a farm stand on the Barnardsville Highway in Weaverville. At the retail store, she sells her greenhouse plants as well as locally grown and organic produce, meats, poultry, eggs and artisan cheese, and value-added products. The building has a covered porch to give […]

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2011 Recipient: William Metes

William Metes, B.M.S. Enterprises $3,000 — Shiitake Mushroom Smokehouse William is building a smokehouse for growing log-inoculated mushrooms infused with an aromatic wood smoke such as hickory during the fruiting process. He is experimenting with different infusion durations and fruiting process growing times to achieve an alternative quality mushroom product. Markets include the Black Mountain […]

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