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2018 GRANT INFORMATION SESSIONS

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Planned meadery for Marion gets $6,000 grant

The WNC Agricultural Options recently awarded grants to 35 farm-related businesses. One of these grants is $6,000 for a planned meadery in downtown Marion. (Read more.) The McDowell News Feb. 7, 2017

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WNC AgOptions Awards $201,000 in Small Farm Grants, Three Recipients Operate in High Country

Awarded projects often have high potential for demonstration to other diversifying growers in the region. Susan Owen of The Lily Patch Farm in Watauga County, who is expanding her pawpaw orchard, said that the native fruit has potential in all sorts of markets. The banana-like fruit and custard-like pulp can be sold to local food […]

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Trosly Farm among farm grant recipients

Amos and Kaci Nidiffer, owners of Trosly Farms in Elk Park, was one of the WNC AgOptions $6,000 grants, with the intention of using the funding for high tunnel season extension on his property. (See more). Avery Journal Feb. 6, 2017

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WNC farms receive $201,000 from WNC AgOptions grants to support agricultural diversity

Recipients of 2017 farm grants reflect the growing strength of the diversified agricultural system in western North Carolina. WNC Agricultural Options awarded 35 farm businesses a total of $201,000 in $3,000 and $6,000 grants on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. Farms are creating jobs […]

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Two Years of Funding Promised for Farm Grants

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. The program helps offset farmers’ risk of starting ventures or growing new operations with $3,000 and $6,000 grants. The application deadline is Nov. 14.(Read more) Mountain Xpress, Oct. 6, 2016  

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2011 AgOptions recipient helping develop new farmer training for Organic Growers School!

2011 AgOptions recipient, Nicole Decogliano, is helping develop new farmer training! Organic Growers School is launching Farm Beginnings®, a yearlong farmer training course beginning on October 24th, 2015…for more information, click here.

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Past Grantee News: Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

2008 recipient farm Spinning Spider Creamery and 2012 recipient English Farmstead Cheese have been working hard on a project aimed at raising awareness of the region’s artisanal cheese crafters: the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest. Slated for Sunday, April 26, at Highland Brewing Co., the event will shine the spotlight on the WNC Cheese Trail, which […]

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WNC farmers expand business through grants

Farmers in Western North Carolina will branch out with new crops and alternative growing methods, thanks to 31 grants totaling $168,000 given out by WNC AgOptions. The grants, funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, help farmers offset the risk of trying new ventures. (Read more). Smoky Mountain News. Mar. 5, 2015.

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Sustainable connections: Cleveland County farm receives 2015 AgOptions Grant

Stacey Costner and Alexander Meander, operators of Living Earth Sanctuary and Wild Dahlia Homestead, were the recipients of one of 31 WNC AgOptions Grants. The $6,000 grant will help them with projects in native and perennial food crops in a forest-edge permaculture design. (Read more). Shelby Star. Feb. 27, 2015.

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