2019 List of Grant Recipients

County Award Farm Project Name Topic Avery Grant Award: $6,000 Tucker Hollow Farms Bedding and Propagation Greenhouse Greenhouse Avery Grant Award: $6,000 Skye2Farm LLC Skye Lavender Farm Venue Agritourism Buncombe Grant Award: $6,000 Addison Farms Vineyard Crush, Cold Storage and … View >>

2019 Recipient: Sky2Farm

Charles King, Skye2Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Skye Farm Lavender Venue To increase production in order to meet current demand and to create a new revenue stream, Charles King will be expanding his lavender farm by 470 plants as part … View >>

2019 Recipient: Tucker Hollow Farms

Grady “Bob” Johnson, Jr., Tucker Hollow Farms Grant Award: $6,000 — Bedding and Propagating Greenhouse Bob Johnson will add a dedicated bedding and propagation greenhouse to his existing operation. The new greenhouse will allow his farm to extend the growing … View >>

2019 Recipient: Addison Farms Vineyard

Eddie and Jeff Frisbee, Addison Farms Vineyard Grant Award: $6,000—Crush, Cold Storage and Drying Facility Building on success gained through two previous AgOptions grants in 2011 and 2013, Addison Farms Vineyard has seen appreciable growth each year since 2013. This … View >>

2019 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Grant Award: $6,000—Less Sediment and More Seed Shannon Morgan will purchase a no-till seed drill for his hay and beef operation. The specialized no-till seed drill is an efficient way to improve the nutrients of … View >>

2019 Recipient: Skydance Farm

Danielle Crocker & Jason Willis, “Pick Dee’s Berries” at Skydance Farm Grant Award: $6,000—Agritourism Infrastructure for “You-Pick” Berry Farm To enhance their “You-Pick” berry operation and create a destination agristourism site, Danielle and Jason will be adding needed infrastructure to … View >>

2019 Recipient: Dugan Farms

John Dugan and David Anderson, Dugan Farms Grant Award: $6,000—Mechanical Cultivation for Sustainable Weed Management John and David will be purchasing a mechanical cultivator to assist in weed management on his 10-acre vegetable farm. Currently, the two-person operation manages weeds … View >>

2019 Recipient: Rice Family Farms

Beauford Rice, Rice Family Farms Grant Award: $6,000—Portable Corral With the addition of a Rawhide portable corral system, Rice Family Farms will have needed equipment to safely and efficiently work their cattle. Since their cattle are located on multiple locations, … View >>

2019 Recipient: Two Trees Farm

Sara Martin and Dustin Cornelison, Two Trees Farm / Sustainabillies Grant Award: $6,000—Outdoor Kitchen and Classroom Space Sara and Dustin will be building a covered multi-purpose outdoor space that will function as a kitchen, classroom, cold storage, washing and packing area … View >>

2019 Recipient: High Country Herbs

Heather and Kris Gupton, High Country Herbs Grant Award: $6,000 — Farm Mechanization To increase production and reduce labor costs, the Guptons will be transitioning to mechanized farm production and adding a Caterpillar Tunnel to their 4-acre operation.  They are … View >>

2019 Recipient: Blue Ridge Apiaries

Ryan and Launi Higgs, Blue Ridge Apiaries Grant Award: $6,000 — Value-added Diversification with Session Mead Production Before starting their successful small-scale apiary that now supplies 12% of the total North Carolina honey crop, the Higgs were employees of the … View >>

2019 Recipient: Two Crows Farm

Beverly Woody Ham, Two Crows Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Product Expansion for Third Quality Fiber Two Crows Farm will diversify the application of their least profitable grade of Alpaca fiber to generate marketable products to high-end consumers who focus … View >>

2019 Recipient: Dollar Down Farm

Barry L. Bingham, Dollar Down Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Growing Under Sliding Thunder Barry will add a movable “Sliding Thunder” high tunnel to his operation in order to extend his growing season, double his inside growing area and increase … View >>