Category:  2013 Recipients

 

2013 Recipient: Calee’s Coops

Michael and Casey Lance, Calee’s Coops $6,000—Diversification Project: On-farm Feed The Lances are purchasing three-ton grain bins for on-farm storage of bulk feed, reducing transportation costs of buying 50 pound bags from a hardware store to feed 500 chickens and 15 hogs. They are also buying equipment to operate a grinder so that they can […]

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2013 Recipient: Stines Farm

Boyd Clyde Stines, Stines Farm $6,000—Beef Cattle Improvement Program Boyd is building a working facility at his beef cattle farm that saves labor while also improving worker and animal safety. He is installing the new equipment, including a head gate, squeeze chute, attached palpation cage and scales, under shelter for all-weather access. The working facility […]

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2013 Recipient: Van Winkle Farm

Kim Van Winkle, Van Winkle Farm/Johnson Branch Farms $6,000—Shiitake and Goldenseal Production  Kim is reintroducing farming to a dormant property with winter greenhouse shiitake mushroom production and the wild cultivation of goldenseal. She is constructing a solar heated greenhouse to extend the season to produce shiitakes during winter months when potential exists for higher market […]

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2013 Recipient: South Valley Nursery

  Tyler A. Buchanan, South Valley Nursery and Landscaping $6,000—Micropropagation Lab Tyler is building a micropropagation lab so that he can mass produce unique plants such as native orchids, which are challenging to propagate using traditional techniques. “Micropropagation is a new technology in the nursery business,” Tyler said. “This technology will give me a better […]

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2013 Recipient: Whitson Farms

Gerald C. Whitson, Whitson Farms $3,000—Cold Storage Gerald is adding a cold storage unit for his potato crop, decreasing the amount of fuel and transport time as well as overall hours required to process the product. The storage area also increases Gerald’s ability to raise more product, selling the potatoes while they are still high […]

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2013 Recipient: D & J Trees

Jack W. Wiseman, Jr., D & J Trees $3,000—Momi Fir Grafting and Native Ornamental Production Jack is helping solve root rot issues that Christmas tree growers commonly deal with by grafting the root-rot tolerant Momi fir species onto Fraser firs. He plans to market these disease-hearty firs to other growers that regularly combat the fungus […]

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2013 Recipient: Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm

Randy and Megan Smith, Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm $6,000—Improved Forage-based Genetics for Grass-fed Beef The Smiths are transitioning their cattle to have foraged-based genetics, which should greatly reduce the high input costs associated with feed. Their goal is to produce animals that are better fit for their environment, as their current animals are too large […]

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2013 Recipient: Woody Farms

Neal Woody, Woody Farms $6,000—Packing and Grading Facility Neal is building an on-farm packing facility and adding a well to improve the washing and grading system at his Leicester farm. This centralized grading shed reduces labor costs as well as provides a cleaner, more accessible facility for the farm to use now and into the […]

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2013 Recipient: Revis Russian Apiaries

Ray Revis, Revis Russian Apiaries $6,000—Production and Evaluation of Russian Honey Bee Queens Ray is adding 50 new queen-mating colonies to his operation to be better prepared for the high-demand season. He is purchasing equipment and supplemental food stores to successfully rear queens from April to October. His goal is to sell at least 500 […]

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2013 Recipient: Addison Farms Vineyard

Eddie and Jeff Frisbee, Addison Farms Vineyard $6,000—Winery and Vineyard Expansion The Frisbees are adding 400 vines of Petit Manseng to their vineyard, expanding it from 3.8 acres to 4.4 acres of six varieties. Growing more of their own fruit increases the ability to have influence over the quality and availability of fruit, eliminating some […]

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