2012 Recipient: Appalachian Botanical Alliance

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

2012 Recipient: Wildwood Herbal

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 tilapia production area. Excrement from the fish provides nutrients for the … View >>

2012 Recipient: Hominy Valley

Frank and Jeanette Wilson, Hominy Valley Farms – Land and Cattle Home Delivery or Farm Pick Up Grant Award: $6,000 Frank and Jeanette are expanding their on-line ordering and home delivery marketing system. The purchase of a walk-in freezer and … View >>

2012 Recipient: Full Sun Farm

Alex Brown and Vanessa Campbell, Full Sun Farm Mixed Nut Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 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 … View >>

2012 Recipient: GOat GREEN farm

Ryan Norris, GOat GREEN Farm Goat Leasing and Meat Grant Award: $6,000 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 … View >>

2012 Recipient: Ellis Farms

Eric Ellis, Ellis Farms Farms, Food and Community (Direct Produce Sales) Grant Award: $6,000 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 … View >>

2012 Recipient: Rockbar Farms

Harold Hunter, Rockbar Farms Grant Award: $3,000 – Rockbar Sweet Onion Project “I am committed to not only keeping my farm sustainable but am very concerned about the farming future of all of Madison County.” ~ Harold Hunter Harold is … View >>

2012 Recipient: Nantahala Farms and Nursery

Rachelle Clark, Nantahala Farms and Nursery Hydroponic Plant Production and Greenhouse Growing Grant Award: $6,000 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 … View >>

2012 Recipient: Jackson County Farmer’s Market

Jackson County Farmer’s Market Community Kitchen Grant Award: $8,000 Project Leaders: Ron Arps, Vegenui Garden and Amy Grimes, Community Table The Jackson County Farmer’s Market will establish a community commercial kitchen, certified to meet N.C. Department of Agriculture requirements. The … View >>

2012 Recipient: Sunburst Trout Farms

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

2012 Recipient: Apple Valley Orchard

James Phillips and Danny Edwards, Apple Valley Orchard Orchard Establishment Grant Award: $3,000 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 … View >>

2012 Recipient: BRG Angus

Bobby Gragg BRG Angus Grant Award: $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 … View >>

2012 Recipient: Lambert Farms

Danny and Krista Lambert Lambert Farms Grant Award: $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 … View >>