Category:  2018 Recipients

 

2018 Recipient: Wild Mountain Farm & Mountain Goatscapes

  Megan Naylor and William W. Wallace III, Wild Mountain Farm & Mountain Goatscapes $6000 — Barn Raising Since 2013, Megan and William have had a successful goatscaping (sustainable land management technique that utilizes goats to eat invasive plants) business which has grown quickly into a diversified livestock operation to offer grass-fed beef, forest raised pork, […]

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2018 Recipient: Daintrey Trees

Adam and Bill Beuttell, DaintreyTrees $6,000 — Solar Greenhouse for Fraser Fir Seedlings/transplants To move away from being highly dependent on suppliers in the Pacific Northwest, the Beuttells will install a 16’ x 24’ solar powered greenhouse to grow their own quality seedlings and transplants for their 110 acre Fraser Fir operation. Growing their own transplants […]

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2018 Recipient: Franny’s Farm

  Frances and Jeff Tacy, Franny’s Farm $6000 — Chicken Processing Barn with Brooder Room Franny’s Farm has streamlined their existing chicken operation with the addition of a dedicated processing barn with a brooder room. No longer does it take them more time to move, prep and set up all processing equipment than it does […]

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2018 Recipient: Ruby Brown Farm

Rick Rhinehart, Ruby Brown Farm $6,000—Pasture Raised Beef Ruby Brown Farm has expanded their freezer beef operation by building a dedicated 12’ x 16’ storage building to house 2 commercial freezers for beef and improving their feeding lot. As the reputation for their quality beef has been building in the community, the demand for their […]

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2018 Recipient: Morgan Branch Red Angus

Martin Morgan, Morgan Branch Red Angus $6,000—Corn and Grass Field Chopper Martin Morgan will purchase a specialized piece of harvesting equipment—a corn and grass field chopper. The chopper cuts and chops green corn or grass into small pieces and deposits the feed into a truck to be transported to the farm to be stockpiled, covered, […]

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2018 Recipient: Countryside Berries

Theresa Jaynes, Countryside Berries $6,000—Muscadine Project With the goal of doubling farm sales in two years, Countryside Berries has diversified their u-pick berry farm with the addition of muscadines. This season, they have planted 48 muscadine plants (6 varieties) and purchased shelter tubes, fertilizer, mulch, a row side mulcher, posts, wire, lime and irrigation tubing. […]

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2018 Recipient: Sugartown Farm and Nursery

Chip Hope, Sugartown Farm and Nursery $6,000 — Sustainable Plant Nursery Chip will be establishing a sustainable, low-tech plant nursery to produce naturally grown plants for sale and to offer workshops on growing food, medicinal plants, organic farming, including livestock and homesteading skills. Chip will add a 12’ x 24’ solar and wood heated greenhouse, […]

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2018 Recipient: Postell Hollow Farm

  Josh and Brooke Postell, Postell Hollow Farm $3,000 — Economical Sheep Feeding Area Building on a successful 2017 WNC AgOptions grant to build a sheep working/handling facility, the Postells have turned an existing slant shed into a cost saving feeding area for their flock. They installed a portable 3-ton grain cart that allows them […]

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2018 Recipient: Crookneck Farms

  Brad Bumgardner, Crookneck Farms $6,000 — Packing and Cooling Center To reduce losses, increase quality, extend the shelf life of their berries and reach new markets, Crookneck Farms will be adding a desperately needed cooling facility. The facility will satisfy the farm’s need for a centralized, professional processing area where fruit can be graded, […]

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2018 Recipient: Crawford Acres

  Chris and Michelle Crawford, Crawford Acres $6,000 — Vineyard Expansion and Diversification Crawford Acres has expanded their grape plantings by 472 vines and diversified their crop with three new varieties of grapes. Their grant covered the costs for new vines, soil amendments, trellising and tools. By expanding to 3 to 5 acres and diversifying […]

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