Category:  2016 Recipients

 

2016 Recipient: Blooming Branch Farm

Dietrich Blum, Blooming Branch Farm $6,000—Bulk Substrate Steam Pasteurizer for Mushroom Production Dietrich is building a bulk substrate steam pasteurizer that allows him to produce wholesale quantities of oyster mushrooms as well as fruiting columns and fruiting blocks for other farmers to grow their own oyster mushrooms.  The pasteurizer is part of an ongoing build-out of […]

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2016 Recipient: Edwards Farm

James Moore Edwards, Edwards Farm $6,000—Grass-Fed Cattle   James is diversifying his vegetable operation with grass-fed cattle. He purchased seven calves to pasture on 16 acres. He feeds them on grass until autumn before slaughtering them for sale to restaurants and individuals in the local community. James has conducted soil testing and fertilizing, purchased solar powered electric fence […]

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2016 Recipient: Exotic Natives Nursery

Bill Weeks, Exotic Natives Nursery $6,000—Expanding Markets and Increasing Manageability and Sales of Native Azaleas Bill has made critical changes at his nursery to sell off his current inventory of field-grown azaleas, which are mostly native to other parts of the Southeast, and start container-grown azaleas native to Western North Carolina. Many of his plants are native to […]

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2016 Recipient: Lively Up Farm

Matthew Cooper, Lively Up Farm $3,000—Mushroom Production Matthew has constructed a hoop house for the propagation and fruiting of shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane mushrooms. The house allows for the ongoing propagation of mushrooms, while reducing input cost and increasing profits. He can produce his own mushroom substrate with mown grasses, winter squash vines and other forms […]

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2016 Recipient: Green Family Tree Farm

Burl Jonathan Greene III, Green Family Tree Farm $6,000—Farm Diversification   Burl has diversified his Christmas tree farm with berries and pumpkins to offer products and services year-round. He recently added 20 acres of land, which has 235 mature blueberry bushes on it, to his 45-acre farm with 18 acres of Christmas trees. He is also […]

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2016 Recipient: Against the Grain

Holland Whitesides and Andrew Bryant, Against the Grain $6,000—Sorghum Molasses and Mushrooms Holland and Andrew are creating a multi-use facility that houses a sorghum press, furnace and broiler. With this new building, they no longer need to travel 30 minutes to another farm to process their sorghum syrup. They also can process in inclement weather, […]

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2016 Recipient: High Country Ginseng

Travis Cornett, High Country Ginseng $6,000—Continuing Processing and Storage Facility Travis has built a drying system and storage area to complete a processing facility for High Country Ginseng that he constructed with the help of a 2015 WNC AgOptions grant. He wired the building for a cooling and drying system, finished the roof and insulation, and created […]

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2016 Recipient: Todd Combs

Todd Combs $6,000 —Green Dragon Ginseng Farm Todd is growing a trial acre of organic ginseng, testing out a new organic product, Root Shield, which contains a beneficial fungus that eats problematic fungus. Typically ginseng growers need to apply chemical sprays in their woods every 14 days, or more frequently in rainy weather, to treat […]

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2016 Recipient: Cosmo Farm

Allen Frost, Cosmo Farm $6,000 —Poultry Processing Building Allen has constructed a dedicated poultry processing building to expand his non-GMO pasture-raised broiler operation. With the new building, he can process more birds in less time and during inclement weather. Since he typically runs out of birds as soon as he processes them, he is more able […]

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2016 Recipient: Linda Ann Davis

Linda Ann Davis $3,000 — Goat Milk Soap-Making Workshop Linda is constructing a workshop dedicated to the production of goat milk soap. The insulated 10-foot by 12-foot wood frame structure consolidates all phases of the soap making operation, including drying, curing, labeling and packaging. Soaps take time to dry and cure, so proper shelving is critical. […]

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