Category:  2015 Recipients

 

2015 Recipient: Wards Farm

  Brent Ward, Wards Farm $3,000—Cattle Handling System Brent is improving the safety and efficiency of his cattle farm by adding a handling system, including a covered and fenced separation area. This dedicated space allows Brent to better control cattle when providing routine and emergency medical care. He can also use the new area for […]

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2015 Recipient: Sh-Nanny-Gans

  Shannonrae and Rickie Mathes, Sh-Nanny-Gans $6,000—Targeted and Rotational Grazing for Goats Shannonrae and Rickie are transitioning 58 acres of Fraser Firs into pasture for Boer meat goats, currently in 19 acres. The goats are rented to landowners for vegetation management, marketed at auction during key holidays, and sold to other goat producers for herd […]

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2015 Recipient: Holt Livestock

Michael Joe Holt, Jr., Holt Livestock $6,000—Breeding and Feeding Facility for Show Pig Production Michael is expanding his pork and show pig operation by constructing a facility to house sows year-round. Both pork and show pig markets are promising, as customer demand for his pork is rising, and show pigs can be sold at a […]

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2015 Recipient: Jasperwood Farm

Anthony Cole, Jasperwood Farm $3,000—Winter Squash Curing Facility Anthony is building on the success of a 2010 WNC AgOptions project by improving the storage and curing of pumpkins and winter squash. He has constructed a passive solar heated facility to hold up to 36 bulk bins of squash per season. Anthony has increased the production of […]

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2015 Recipient: Rolling Ridge Farm

Dwayne and Christy Reeves, Rolling Ridge Farm $6,000—Cattle Handling System Dwayne and Christy are enhancing the quality of their Black Angus cattle by improving stress and safety conditions at their Leicester farm with the addition of a cattle handling system. They are purchasing a squeeze chute and alleyways as well as moving the new handling […]

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2015 Recipient: Perry’s Berry’s

Debbie and Terry Perry, Perry’s Berry’s $6,000—Cold Storage and Processing of Blueberries Debbie and Terry have grown their consumer market by at least 30 percent with increases to blueberry shelf life. They purchased an air-forced refrigerator, which has lengthened shelf life up to two weeks, and a commercial freezer, which has added six months to their selling period […]

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2015 Recipient: Thankful Fork Farm

James Davis, Thankful Fork Farm $6,000—High Tunnel for Season Extension James is diversifying away from commercial poultry by expanding vegetable production on his farm with the addition of an unheated greenhouse, called a high tunnel. He also plans to grow his own transplants in a section of the tunnel, allowing him to move them to […]

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2015 Recipient: Miller Farms

Jon Miller, Miller Farms $6,000—Kress Plastic Finger Weeder Jon is enhancing weed control methods on his 50-acre USDA Certified Organic vegetable farm with the purchase of a unique tool, the KRESS plastic finger weeder. The innovative tractor implement can be configured for either bare dirt or plastic mulch cultivation. With this addition to the farm, […]

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2015 Recipient: SMM Farms

Salvador Moreno, SMM Farms $6,000—Produce Washing System Salvador is significantly cutting production costs on his 50-acre vegetable farm with the purchase of a washer and grader to clean and sort harvested produce. With this equipment, which helps decrease labor costs, he expects to save at least $1.00 per box, translating to a savings of at […]

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2015 Recipient: Wild Dahlia Homestead

Stacey Costner and Alex Fear, Wild Dahlia Homestead $6,000—Native and Perennial Food Crops in a Forest-Edge Permaculture Design Stacey and Alex are growing native plants and forest food crops using permaculture methods, revitalizing compacted soils on forest edges at Stacey’s family farm. Crops include Jerusalem artichokes, American hazelnuts, pawpaws, Rabbiteye blueberries, American groundnuts and King […]

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