Category:  2012 Recipients

 

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 tilapia production area.   Excrement from the fish provides nutrients for the plants in […]

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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 will use to construct a cooler, eliminates the time and expense of travel to off-site […]

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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 a one-and-a-half acre orchard with hazelnuts, pecans and Chinese chestnuts. Several Oriental chestnut varieties are […]

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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 participation from several farm businesses, holistic care practitioners, a medicinal supply company, researchers at the […]

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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 a healthier supply of forage. Rotational grazing will be implemented, increasing health, size and sustainability […]

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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 is at its optimum growing state. The animals do not stay on the paddock long […]

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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 number of members exponentially in the future. He is partnering with farmers and food producers […]

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2012 Recipient: Independent Small Animal Meat Producers Association

Project Leaders: Rick Harty, ISAMPA President $8,000—Foothills Pilot Plant Working Capital The Independent Small Animal Meat Producers Association (ISAMPA) will advance the opening of the Foothills Pilot Plant in Marion by paying for labor and sanitation supply expenses. ISAMPA-WNC is an association of independent small farms that advocates for farmers engaged in independent poultry and […]

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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 a year in the first year, and plans to offer them at $.60 a pound. […]

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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 erecting a 30′ x 50′ greenhouse with a sufficient heat source to grow hydroponic Ozark […]

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