Category:  2016 Recipients

 

2016 Recipient: Pangaea Plants

Gabriel Noard, Pangaea Plants $6,000 — Medicinal Herb Processing Gabriel has built an herb dryer and processing area so that he can sell medicinal herbs throughout the year, benefiting from the higher market value of herbs in the non-harvest season. He renovated a shipping container, added a propane heater, wiring, ductwork, vents, fans and doors, as well […]

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2016 Recipient: TK Family Farm

Jon D. Klimstra, TK Family Farm $6,000 — High-Density Trellised Apple Orchard Jon has diversified his 15-acre farm with a high density trellised apple orchard. This orchard style allows for higher yields in a shorter amount of time than traditional orchards. He can plant 1,000 trees per acre, while a traditional orchard typically has 350 trees […]

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2016 Recipient: Altapass Orchard

Starli McDowell, Altapass Orchard $6,000 — Serving the Good Stuff Lunch Wagon Altapass Orchard, a 280-acre historic farm on the Blue Ridge Parkway that provides apple sales, tours, trails and events to the public, has built a food service building called the “Lunch Wagon” to offer locally grown food to visitors. The aim is to increase the […]

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2016 Recipient: Buck’s Tree Farm

Rodney Buchanan, Buck’s Tree Farm $6,000 — Alternative Fraser Fir Transplant Production Method Rodney is producing Fraser Fir transplants for his Christmas tree farm, growing them in containers instead of using the traditional lineout bed method to deter root disease. Root disease has been common in the area following the heavy hurricane rains of 2004. Farmers […]

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2016 Recipient: Sweet Betsy Farm

Karen and Wade “Ed” Speer, Sweet Betsy Farm $6,000 — Bee Farm Season Extension Karen and Ed have renovated  their on-farm store, The Honey House at Sweet Betsy Farm, located just off US-221, so that they can keep the stand open at least nine months of the year, from April to Christmas, adding three months to […]

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2016 Recipient: Just Ripe Farm

Rachel Kinard, Just Ripe Farm $6,000 — Soil Improvement and Root Crop Expansion Rachel has purchased a specialty tillage implement called an articulating spader that promotes higher root crop yields. Spaders prepare garden beds for planting in a gentle manner, preserving the integrity of soil structure, preventing compaction and improving drainage. The equipment incorporates organic matter, […]

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2016 Recipient: Blue Ribbon Farms

Warren, Diana and Clint Cabe, Blue Ribbon Farms $3,000 — Sorghum Syrup Production Warren and Diana have added a sorghum syrup processing facility to make syrup with sorghum that they are growing. The shed doubles as a produce packing area in the sorghum syrup off-season. They have built a 10-foot by 20-foot shed with gravel floors and purchased an antique vertical […]

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2016 Recipient: Carringer Farms

Donald W. Carringer, Carringer Farms $6,000 — Bee Operation Donald has tripled the size of his bee yard by adding 20 hives, so that he is well on his way to a goal of 40-hives in his bee yard. The honey adds to farm income while the bees pollinate his 4-acre market gardens. Before his expansion, Donald was producing about 36 gallons […]

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2016 Recipient: Edmundson Produce Farm

Randy and Carolyn Edmundson, Edmundson Produce Farm $3,000 — Growing Healthy Disease-Free Plants Randy and Carolyn are doubling their seedling production with the construction of a new greenhouse.They are building a 20-foot by 60-foot greenhouse and installing heat, fans, and an 8-foot by 8-foot germination chamber. This project allows them to produce a larger variety of […]

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2016 Recipient: Chestnut Hill Farm

Tim and Jamie Kelley, Chestnut Hill Farm $6,000 — Grass Forages and Wildlife Preservation Tim and Jamie have enhanced their livestock operation by optimizing forage grasses and better managing rotations of cattle, sheep and goats. Improvements have resulted in a reduction of annual feed costs and an increase of stocking rates. By providing higher nutrient forage as opposed […]

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