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Local farmers, including Boone ginseng grower, among recipients of WNC Agriculture Options grants

Western North Carolina farmers are gaining much-needed support in diversifying or expanding their operations this year, helping some grow to a whole new level. WNC Agricultural Options presented 31 farm businesses a total of $168,000 in grants on Thursday at an event at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. (Read […]

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Local farmer is among recipients of WNC Agricultural Options grant

Western North Carolina farmers are gaining support in diversifying or expanding their operations. WNC Agricultural Options presented 31 farm businesses a total of $168,000 in grants Feb. 12 at an event at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. (Read more.) The Sylva Herald, Wed., Feb. 18, 2015

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Sustainable connections: Local farm receives 2015 AgOptions grant

Wild Dahlia Homestead is getting help to revitalize the family farm. 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 […]

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2015 WNC AgOptions recipients announced

Western North Carolina farmers are gaining much-needed support in diversifying or expanding their operations this year, helping some grow to a whole new level. WNC Agricultural Options presented 31 farm businesses a total of $168,000 in grants on Thursday at an event at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. (Read […]

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WNC AgOptions grants make a difference

Polk County NEWS JOURNAL October 8, 2014 (Read Article)    

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East Fork Farm brings back the gristmill

Once a thriving method for processing grain, communal gristmills have all but disappeared, supplanted by large commercial versions. Stephen Robertson of East Fork Farm is working to bring back the old ways by restoring an antique mill. (Read More)—                                 Asheville […]

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Growing a new cash crop with Chinese medicinal herbs

The tobacco raised by Western North Carolina farmers once provided a good cash crop for a product deemed unsafe by the U.S. Surgeon General. Now farmers could make good money raising herbs for better health through traditional Chinese medicine. (Read More)—                   Asheville Citizen-Times, Saturday, August 9, 2014

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WNC AgOptions announces 2014 grant recipients

Amid the gentle hills and rolling pastures that surround the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, local farmers left their work behind on Thursday, Feb. 27, to attend the WNC Agricultural Options 2014 Award Ceremony. (Read more). —Mountain Xpress, Saturday, March 3, 2014

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WNC Agricultural Options celebrates 10-year anniversary

A program that has fostered farm diversification, innovation and profitability in a midst of a transitioning agriculture economy is celebrating its 10th year of awarding grants to assist farmers. WNC Agricultural Options presented 29 farm businesses in western North Carolina a total of $153,000 Thursday at an event at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and […]

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Grant funding opportunity for WNC farmers

WNC Agricultural Options’ 10th annual grant cycle is under way. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions will award a total of $153,000 to diversifying farmers in western North Carolina in 2014. Farmers have until Dec. 13 to submit an application for a $3,000 or $6,000 grant. —The Macon County News, […]

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