2012 Recipient: Full Sun Farm

Alex Brown and Vanessa Campbell, Full Sun Farm $6,000 — Mixed Nut Orchard Alex and Vanessa are diversifying their mixed vegetable operation with tree nuts. No other farmer in the county currently produces nuts for commercial sale. They are planning … View >>

2012 Recipient: Appalachian Botanical Alliance

Project Leader: Amy Hamilton, Appalachian Seeds Farm and Nursery $8,000—Cooperative Production, Research and Marketing of Traditional Chinese Herbs The Appalachian Botanical Alliance is showing by example that medicinal herbs are a viable, alternative crop for WNC farmers. The cooperative— with … View >>

2012 Recipient: Wildwood Herbal

Alan Salmon and Seth Salmon, Wildwood Herbal $6,000 — Aquaponics Production Alan and Seth are establishing an aquaponics greenhouse system integrated with their existing greens production. They are transforming a 1,500 square foot greenhouse into a symbiotic leafy green and … View >>

2012 Recipient: Hominy Valley

Frank and Jeanette Wilson, Hominy Valley Farms—Land and Cattle $6,000—Home Delivery or Farm Pick Up Frank and Jeanette are expanding their on-line ordering and home delivery marketing system. The purchase of a walk-in freezer and Cool-Bot air conditioner, which they … View >>

2012 Recipient: GOat GREEN farm

Ryan Norris, GOat GREEN farm $6,000—Goat Leasing and Meat Ryan is establishing permanent fencing at his farm, where he raises meat goats that are rented to landowners to control unwanted brush. The additional eight acres for grazing provides goats with … View >>

2012 Recipient: Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm

Randy and Megan Smith, Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm $6,000—Grass-Fed Beef, Cattle Handling Equipment Randy and Megan are transitioning from conventional cattle grazing to Managed Intensive Grazing (MIG). The goal of MIG is to constantly rotate the cattle to forage that … View >>

2012 Recipient: Ellis Farms

Eric Ellis, Ellis Farms $6,000—Farms, Food and Community (Direct Produce Sales Eric is establishing a distribution system to provide a weekly box of 25 pounds of produce to at least 30 members a week, and he expects to grow the … View >>

2012 Recipient: Rockbar Farms

Harold Hunter, Rockbar Farms $3,000—Rockbar Sweet Onion Project Harold is growing one acre of yellow onions in 2012 on former tobacco land. He has tested various varieties and is most successful with yellow onions. Harold expects to reach 20,000 pounds … View >>

2012 Recipient: Nantahala Farms and Nursery

Rachelle Clark, Nantahala Farms and Nursery $6,000—Hydroponic Plant Production and Greenhouse Growing With the addition of a greenhouse, Rachelle is producing vegetable starts for her fields as well as fresh produce, strawberries, herbs and flowers to customers year-round. She is … View >>

2012 Recipient: Sunburst Trout Farms

Sally Eason, Sunburst Trout Farms $6,000—Water Quality Improvements for Increased Production of Rainbow Trout Sunburst Trout Farms is improving the water quality of rainbow trout ponds with the purchase of an ozone generator, resulting in increased production of fish. The … View >>

2012 Recipient: Apple Valley Orchard

James Phillips and Danny Edwards, Apple Valley Orchard $3,000—Orchard Establishment James and Danny are establishing a one-acre orchard. They are planting 200 hundred apple trees and installing an irrigation system. No other orchard currently exists in the county, and apples … View >>

2012 Recipient: BRG Angus

Bobby Gragg, BRG Angus $6,000 — Enhanced Cattle Production Bobby is improving his cattle production system with the incorporation of grain storage bins, an auger, feed bunks and creep feeders. Grain bins enables Bobby to purchase feedstuffs at a reduced … View >>

2012 Recipient: Lambert Farms

Danny and Krista Lambert, Lambert Farms $6,000—Grass-fed Beef Managed Intensive Grazing and Pastured Poultry Processing Danny and Krista are improving their grass-fed beef grazing system by adding the ability to overseed pastures. By maximizing intensive management practices, they could increase … View >>