Category:  2011 Recipients

 

2011 Recipient: Thomas E. Shepherd, Jr.

Thomas E. Shepherd, Jr., Headwaters of Poverty Farm $6,000 — Specialty Poultry Thomas is raising and processing specialty poultry, focusing on poussins, three-week-old chickens. With the purchase of a brooder, grow-off pens and processing equipment, he is raising chickens from hatch and processing on site. He sells to local chefs, tapping into the “farm to […]

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2011 Recipient: Joan and Carl Chesick

Joan and Carl Chesick, Green Goddess Farm & Apiary $6,000 — Heckuva Honey House With the construction of a new structure for their apiary, the Chesicks are raising production by 500 percent and providing local beekeepers with adapted queens and starter hives. The building includes areas for extracting honey, storing honey at a constant temperature […]

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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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2011 Recipient: Leslie Sigmon

Leslie Sigmon, Emma Farms $6,000 — Indoor Oyster Mushroom Production Leslie is adding indoor oyster mushroom production to her farm to boost winter and early spring income. She is studying the most effective facilities, substrate and strains to determine the most simple, minimal-investment production methods, which she will share with other WNC farmers. Leslie sells […]

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2011 Recipient: Mary Ann Thompson

Mary Ann Thompson, Traditional Delicacies $3,000 — Traditional Cherokee Delicacies Mary Ann recently started her forest delicacies business selling frozen and canned wild greens. She is also raising mountain crawfish, a traditional Cherokee forest food, in small-scale contained ponds. The grant funds assist her in the processing and packaging of her foods and expansion of […]

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2011 Recipient: Jeff Mansker

Jeff Mansker, Anderson Creek Apiary $3,000 — Honey House and Extractor Jeff is building a honey room and purchasing an extractor to allow greater production of Premier Sourwood Honey, increase storage space and expand his overall operation. Jeff’s business is growing quickly — he harvested 36 quarts of honey in 2008, 117 quarts in 2009, […]

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2011 Recipient: Timothy Davis

Timothy Davis, Davis Farms $9,000 — Translicer for Greens With the purchase of a translicer, Timothy is diversifying his markets for 75 acres of collards, kale, turnips and mustard greens. The machine enables him to sell his products in a bag directly to individuals and grocery stores rather than relying solely on wholesale markets. The […]

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2011 Recipient: Stephen Alan Thompson

Stephen Alan Thompson, Nottely River Valley Vineyards $6,000 — Tasting Room and Pavilion Stephen is constructing a tasting room and pavilion for a 10-acre vineyard, planted in Vitis Vinifera and French American Hybrids. The pavilion is the focal point of the tourist experience of the vineyard, offering spectacular views of the surrounding grounds. The design […]

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2011 Recipient: Katie Erwin and Edward Marx

Katie Erwin and Edward Marx, H20 Farm $6,000 — Greenhouse Heating & Irrigation Systems H20 Farm, a hydroponic greenhouse operation that grows vegetables in winter months, is adding an under-bench heating system, hot water storage tank and propane heater to reduce costs, improve seed germination and rooting, increase plant growth and control disease. The addition […]

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