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 … View >>

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 … View >>

2017 Recipient: Clem’s Organic Gardens

Clement Swift, Clem’s Organic Gardens $6,000 —Top-Lift Carrot and Beet Harvester Clem has purchased 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 … View >>

2017 Recipient: The Lily Patch Farm

Susan Owen and Charles Coffey, The Lily Patch Farm $6,000 —Expanding Organic Production of Pawpaws Susan expanded her current pawpaw production by planting additional trees, doubling the size of her orchard so that she is more than halfway to her … View >>

2017 Recipient: Corbin Family Farm

Eddy Jackson Corbin, Jr., Corbin Family Farm $6,000 — Honey House Jackson has built a honey house to hold extraction equipment and process honey. He is purchased a 12-foot by 24-foot prefabricated building and located it close to one of his … View >>

2017 Recipient: Pangaea Plants

Gabriel Noard, Pangaea Plants $6,000 — Medicinal Herb Processing Equipment Gabriel purchased 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 … View >>

2017 Recipient: Green Mountain Farm

Chris and Amy Deyton, Green Mountain Farms $6,000 —Mechanization for Reducing Labor and Increasing Safety Chris and Amy purchased a front end loader for their tractor to aid in the expansion of their cattle, goat and vegetable farm. Reduced labor allows … View >>

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 … View >>

2017 Recipient: Mountain Hollow

Rodney Wise, Mountain Hollow $6,000 — Mushroom Operation Rodney has diversified his medicinal herb farm with native and exotic mushrooms. He is growing brown oyster, elm oyster, pearl oyster and maitake mushrooms, taking the next steps to becoming a profitable … View >>

2017 Recipient: Breedlove Family Farms

Patrick Jeremy Breedlove, Breedlove Family Farms $6,000—Goat Handling Equipment  Patrick has purchased a 45-foot goat handling system that is capable of working at least 250 head of goat, since he plans to expand his 174 Myotonic goat herd. He has steadily … View >>

2017 Recipient: Bradley Farms

Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farms $6,000 — Pastured Pig Feeding System Aaron and Nicole purchased a Feed Train mobile grain bin with a gasoline powered hydraulic auger to feed their 70 pastured pigs. Mechanizing the feeding of their hogs … View >>

2017 Recipient: Keeper’s Cut Meadery

Charles Myers and Kathryn Curran, Keeper’s Cut Meadery $6,000 — Meadery and Winery Charles and Kathryn have expanded their meadery and winery, for which they use honey and fruit from their farm as ingredients. They are offering sales for the first … View >>

2017 Recipient: Zimmerman’s Berry Farm

Pamela C. Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s Berry Farm $6,000 — Wood Fired Value Added Processing Pamela has eliminated most of the electricity costs associated with making homemade preserves with the installation of a wood cook stove. She makes jam out of the black raspberries, … View >>

2017 Recipient: Paper Crane Farm

Joe Evans, Paper Crane Farm $6,000 — Crop Diversification: Specialty Cut Flowers Joe has diversified his successful five-acre vegetable farm with the addition of a half-acre of cut flowers. To achieve this level of production, he has increased the mechanization … View >>