Category:  2013 Recipients

 

2013 Recipient: Ward Farm

Joe Ward, Ward Farm $6,000—Customized Kinze Row Planting System Joe is purchasing customized no-till row planting equipment that enables him to plant and grow no-till corn so he can expand into local food and livestock feed markets. He is also producing feed for Ward Farm’s cow/calf operation. He is growing one acre of sweet corn […]

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2013 Recipient: Brothers on Farms

Susan Epps Ward, Brothers On Farms $6,000—Lamb Expansion Susan and her sons Dmitry, 13, and Andrei, 12, are adding all-natural grass-fed lamb to their growing farm business, which currently includes mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, rabbits, and specialty garlic and onions. The Wards hope to harvest 10 to 14 lambs a year with the purchase of five […]

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2013 Recipient: Rabbit Creek Bee Company

Tim & Annie Burrell, Rabbit Creek Bee Company, LLC $6,000—Pollination Services The Burrells are expanding their beekeeping operation to enter a new market—pollination services for fruit and vegetable growers. They are increasing their current colonies from 230 to 350, with approximately 125 dedicated to pollination services. They are using queens from a new breeder stock called […]

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2013 Recipient: SMM Farms

Salvador Moreno, SMM Farms $3,000—Greenhouse Production of Vegetable Plants Salvador is adding a heating system and gravel and ventilation system to his existing greenhouse so that he can supply all his own plant starts. Before this project he could only grow plants in late spring, which is not enough time for the seedlings to mature […]

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2013 Recipient: Walnut Cove Farms

Joseph Turner Cathey III, Walnut Cove Farms $3,000—Sustainable Vegetable Production Joseph is diversifying his nursery and landscaping business, which has been in operation since 1997, by adding heirloom vegetables grown with organic methods. The additional crops help keep the viability of the Bethel Valley farm, which has been in his family for more than 200 […]

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2013 Recipient: MiLo Acres

Lori and Michael Osada, MiLo Acres $3,000—Walk-in Cooler The Osadas are adding an on-site walk-in cooler to store their naturally certified produce, fruit and eggs and extend shelf life. They are able to harvest and store more product than they ever have before. In 2012, the Osadas doubled their production, making it difficult for them […]

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2013 Recipient: Stepp’s Plants, etc.

Larry Stepp Sr. & Larry Stepp Jr., Stepp’s Plants, etc. $6,000—Expansion of Raspberries and Blueberries The Stepps are expanding their successful berry operation with the addition of 1,500 raspberry plants and 230 blueberry plants, so that they can produce 9,000 pounds of raspberries and 2,400 blueberries annually. They are preparing the fields for planting, adding […]

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2013 Recipient: Tester Dairy Farm

Thomas and Margaret Tester and Jessica Lawrence, Tester Dairy Farm $6,000—Hydroponic Fodder System Tester Dairy Farm in Watauga County is creating a hydroponic fodder system, which grows barley, rye and wheat from seed to sprouts in eight days so that the farmers can feed their cattle high-protein grasses daily. The fresh palatable feed is proven […]

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2013 Recipient: Fruit of the Spirit Orchard

James Steve Dalton, Fruit of the Spirit Orchard and Vineyard $6,000—Crop Diversification: Berry Juices and Jams Steve is adding several more fruit crops to his blackberry farm: blueberries, raspberries, dwarf apple trees, and table, juice and wine grapes. He is also building a press room and rebuilding an old cider press so he can make […]

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2013 Recipient: Coffey’s Orchard

Nancy Coffey Moretz, Coffey’s Orchard at Coffey Grounds $6,000—Increased Sustainability Using Improved Storage and Marketing Space Nancy is upgrading the basement of her apple storage building to provide a cool space for the apples, increasing their longevity. She is also creating a permanent display area to enhance the experience for participants of large tours. The […]

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