Category:  2017 Recipients

 

2017 List of Grant Recipients

2017 WNC AgOptions Awardees   County Award Farm Project Name Avery $6,000 Trosly Farm High Tunnel Season Extension GO>> Buncombe $6,000 The Culinary Gardener BSC Tractor and Implements Upgrade GO>> Buncombe $6,000 S.D. Morgan Farms Brewer’s Grain: It’s More Than Just Beer GO>> Buncombe $6,000 Flying Cloud Farm Mobile Sorghum Operation GO>> Buncombe $3,000 Cloud […]

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2017 Recipient: Two Crows Farm

  Mike and Beverly Woody Ham, Two Crows Farm $6,000 — Agritourism and Retail Expansion Woody and Mike are enhancing the agritourism element at their 29-acre alpaca farm, offering educational opportunities about fiber farming to the general public and other growers. With these improvements, Woody and Mike can host large groups all year long, and […]

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2017 Recipient: Clem’s Organic Gardens

Clement Swift, Clem’s Organic Gardens $6,000 —Top-Lift Carrot and Beet Harvester Clem is purchasing a unique piece of specialty harvesting equipment—a Scott Viner Top-Lift Carrot/Beet Harvester. This tractor-drawn implement undercuts a row of root crops, lifts them out of the ground by grabbing their tops with rotating belts, and drops them onto a conveyor belt […]

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2017 Recipient: The Lily Patch Farm

Susan Owen and Charles Coffey, The Lily Patch Farm $6,000 —Expanding Organic Production of Pawpaws Susan is expanding her current pawpaw production by planting 30 additional trees, doubling the size of her orchard so that she is more than halfway to her goal of 100 trees. She is also expanding sales of fresh fruit, pulp […]

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2017 Recipient: Corbin Family Farm

Eddy Jackson Corbin, Jr., Corbin Family Farm $6,000 — Honey House Jackson is building a honey house to hold extraction equipment and process honey. He is purchasing a 12-foot by 24-foot prefabricated building and locating it close to the bee yard. He is wiring it for electricity and installing a floor drain, tile, and an on-demand […]

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2017 Recipient: Dennis Francis Farm

Dennis Francis, Dennis Francis Farm $6,000—Seed Drill for Hay and Pasture Dennis has invested in a seed drill to renovate his hay fields and pasture without tilling. Much of his grass died off during the droughts of 2015 and 2016, and weeds replaced it. He currently has 312 acres in hay. If Dennis tilled all his […]

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2017 Recipient: Pangaea Plants

Gabriel Noard, Pangaea Plants $6,000 — Medicinal Herb Processing Equipment Gabriel is purchasing an herb grinder and sorting machine that separates and sorts aerial parts of medicinal herbs. The project enables Gabriel to process large harvests in significantly less time so that he can grow a supply that lasts throughout the year. The equipment cuts […]

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2017 Recipient: Miller’s Choose and Cut

Joey and Kelley Miller, Miller’s Choose and Cut $6,000 —Farm Expansion Joey and Kelley are relocating the headquarters for their choose-and cut Christmas tree operation to a different part of their family farm to increase visibility and customer ease. At the new location, visitors have better access to tree areas, more room for parking, and […]

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2017 Recipient: Green Mountain Farm

Chris and Amy Deyton, Green Mountain Farms $6,000 —Mechanization for Reducing Labor and Increasing Safety Chris and Amy are purchasing a front end loader for their tractor to aid in the expansion of their cattle, goat and vegetable farm. Reduced labor allows them to add more head to their herd and expand their produce, such as […]

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2017 Recipient: Austin Family Dairy Farm

John Andrew Austin, Austin Family Dairy Farm $6,000 — Waste Management/Manure Spreader Andrew is purchasing a manure spreader to assist with waste management on his dairy farm. The manure spreader allows him to fertilize 30 acres of pasture and 40 acres of corn silage fields using manure from their cows, increasing grass production and saving in commercial […]

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