Category:  2014 Recipients

 

2014 Recipient: M&H Livestock

Gregory Miller, M&H Livestock $6,000—Cattle Handing System Gregory has upgraded his corral/chute working facility, significantly improving cattle handling at the farm. He has purchased and installed commercial quality heavy duty chutes, panels and cages as well as improving the ground base with gravel so that cattle are no longer worked in the mud. With the […]

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2014 Recipient: Old Mule Farm

Steve Modlin, Old Mule Farm $3,000—Sheep Handling Facility Steve has added a sheep handling facility to his existing corral system to improve the care of animals and ultimately increase production. The handling system includes a semi-circular crowding area, chute panels, a turntable to restrain individual animals, a sorting gate and entrance and flow gates. Narrow […]

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2014 Recipient: D&D Farm

Danny Thomason, D&D Farm $3,000—Packing Shed, Delivery Trailer, Row Cover Danny is retrofitting a tobacco barn into a packing shed to help speed up boxing of vegetables before it travels to TRACTOR Food and Farms, which distributes his produce. He is also purchasing a delivery trailer to transport the packed produce, as well as adding […]

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2014 Recipient: Banks Family Farms

Arlen Keith Banks Sr., Banks Family Farms $6,000—Sorghum Syrup Keith has improved his sweet sorghum operation by adding an extension to an existing building to house his juice press, create a storage room and expand the cooking shed to include hot water. The new addition, which is a great improvement over the outside pop-up tent […]

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2014 Recipient: Goldfinch Gardens

Cedar Johnson and Ben McCann, Goldfinch Gardens $6,000—Lamb Production Cedar and Ben are diversifying their vegetable enterprise with the addition of meat sheep. They have purchased 12 ewes and will purchase one ram and begin breeding in late summer. They are constructing a secure shed and paddocks for breeding and birthing. Once the lambs are […]

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2014 Recipient: Riddle-Edwards Farm

Gerald Riddle, Riddle-Edwards Farm $3,000—Sweet Potato and Corn Expansion Gerald has added 1.5 acres of Honey Select sweet corn and Hernandez and Bouregard sweet potatoes, using raised bed plastic mulching methods. The improved methods have increased his sweet potato production by 35 percent. He has also installed drip irrigation to help mitigate drought situations. The […]

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2014 Recipient: C-Saw Hill Farm

Lisa and Brandon Higgins, C-Saw Hill Farm $6,000—Solar Hot Water Dairy and Cheese Plant Lisa and Brandon have installed a solar hot water system as part of their new dairy, where they plan to milk approximately 10 cows to produce cheese. The system includes a solar hot water panel on the roof, hot water storage […]

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2014 Recipient: Ruff B Farm

Chauncey Barber, Ruff B Farm $3,000—Barber Boys’ Beef Responding to an untapped market for freezer beef in Polk County, Chauncey is developing a portion of his existing hay and cattle farm to better accommodate steers and heifers. He is adding fencing, renovating grass pastures and constructing a barn. With his own replacement heifers, Chauncey can […]

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2014 Recipient: Twisted Ridge Farms

Abby and Zach Jones, Twisted Ridge Farms $6,000—Blackberries and Raspberries As part of a larger plan to expand and diversify Twisted Ridge Farms, Abby and Zach are adding blackberries and raspberries to their farm, which currently has one acre of vegetables. By adding nearly an acre of caneberries, Abby and Zach are gaining the experience […]

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2014 Recipient: Cold Mountain Nursery and Farm

Josh Sorrells, Cold Mountain Nursery and Farm $3,000—Expansion of Beef Cattle Using Strip Grazing Josh is transitioning his cattle farm to the Strip Grazing method with the purchase of solar-powered electric fencing to divide his pasture and hay field into sections. Cattle stay in four to five-acre strips at a time and are rotated once […]

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