Category:  2015 Recipients

 

2015 Recipient: Wehrloom Honey

Jessica Wehr, Wehrloom Honey $6,000—Value-Added Product Expansion Jessica responded to customer demand for value-added products by creating three new product lines: cut-comb honey, spun honey and pollen. She purchased specialized equipment to harvest, process and market these products. Cut-comb honey is a piece of honey filled comb contained in a glass box. Customers enjoy chewing on or […]

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2015 Recipient: Ten Acre Garden

Danny Barrett, Ten Acre Garden $6,000—Pick-Your-Own Berry Expansion Danny has added pick-your-own raspberry and strawberry plants to his existing 10-acre vegetable and fruit farm. He aims to create a unique agri-tourism experience for his customers. “Ideally, each child who comes to pick their own berries learns to pay more attention to where their food comes from […]

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2015 Recipient: Hoopers Creek Botanicals

Wallace E. Souther III, Hoopers Creek Botanicals $6,000—Plants Production Upgrade Wallace has boosted Hoopers Creek Botanicals’ production capacity by securing a dependable water source and planting more seeds and transplants. A large expense of the project was drilling a well for irrigation water. Wallace cultivates medicinal herbs in both field and forest settings. His forest crops include […]

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2015 Recipient: Balsam Gardens

Steven Beltram, Balsam Gardens $6,000—Expansion of Vegetables, Diversification of Markets, Transition to Certified Organic Steven has expanded Balsam Gardens’ vegetable production in a big way, while also transitioning to USDA Certified Organic to sell to large volume buyers and distributors. Steven has scaled up from 5 to 15 acres.  The entire project costs a total […]

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2015 Recipient: Bumgarner Farms

Bryan Bumgarner, Bumgarner Farms $6,000—Feed Facility Bryan has built a facility to process cattle and hog feed, which he produces for his own livestock as well as sells to other farms and livestock feed stores. The fully enclosed metal building is large enough to accommodate a soybean mill, grinder and tractor, which operates the grinder. Bryan is […]

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2015 Recipient: 4 L Livestock

Jim Ledford, 4 L Livestock $6,000—Transition to Managed-Intensive Grazing Jim is transitioning his cattle operation to year-round Managed-Intensive Grazing, the next step in becoming a profitable and sustainable business. He is purchasing and installing a fencing system, creating a perimeter and dividing the pasture into smaller paddocks through which he rotates the herd. The benefits […]

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2015 Recipient: Reeves Home Place

Robin Reeves Singleton, Reeves Home Place Farm $6,000—WhiskeyPigs Branded Meat Robin is developing a brand called “WhiskyPigs,” antibiotic and hormone-free meat from free-range animals that are fed whiskey mash from Troy & Sons at the Asheville Distilling Company. Heritage pigs, beef, chicken and turkey are included in the Whiskey Pigs brand. Robin is opening an […]

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2015 Recipient: Jewel Hill Farms

Ernest and Kim Ramsey, Jewel Hill Farms $6,000—Hay/Haylage Operation Ernest and Kim have established a new source of farm revenue on their diverse farm and have decreased the cost of feeding hay to their farm animals. They have purchased a BCS Walk Behind Tractor and CAEB hay baler, a unique tool specifically designed for use on steep mountainous […]

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2015 Recipient: Down to Earth Farm

Andrea Van Gunst, Down to Earth Farm $6,000—Small-Scale Sheep Dairy Andrea and Tim have diversified their two acre vegetable operation with a sheep dairy, building a small-scale dairy parlor. They plan to grow the flock of 13 to 100 milking ewes during the next seven years, and have moved to machine (bucket) milking rather than […]

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2015 Recipient: Mikell’s Farm

Sharren L. Mikell, Mikell’s Farm $6,000—Bee Farm Expansion Mikell’s Farm has doubled their existing bee yard so that they are now maintaining more than 30 hives, primarily for honey production. They have invested in Varroa Sensitive Hygenic (VSH) resistant queens, which is a natural way to help hives resist varroa mites, a factor in Colony Collapse. Purchases include hives, […]

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