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2015 Grantee wins International Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest

2015 Grant Recipient Mikell’s Farm Honey has won the 7th Annual International Black Jar Honey Contest for best SOURWOOD honey. This is the second year they have won this prestigious honor after winning it in 2014. The contest is held by The Center for Honeybee Reserach in Asheville, NC. Sourwood is the prized and well-known honey […]

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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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N.C. House proposes eliminating Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

Budget decision affects future of WNC AgOptions Note from WNC Agricultural Options: The N.C. House Appropriations Committee released Tues., April 26 a draft of the state budget, which is circulating among legislators for review and discussion. Wording in the proposed budget suggests the elimination of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions’ sole funder […]

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Watauga farmers get $42,000 in grants

By Scott Nicholson Watauga Democrat, February 2011      The Watauga County Farmers Market and six local farms received funding in the latest round of WNC AgOptions grants for farm diversification.     The farmers market received $18,000 for a site analysis and expansion as the market looks for a new home. This is the last year of […]

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2010 News

in the News 2010         Haywood hops farmer sets the bar high Go >> Haywood County hops farmer Scott Grahl is a dreamer with his feet planted firmly on the ground. “One day a buddy of mine called and said ‘Did you know there is a worldwide hops shortage?’” Grahl said. “From then on, […]

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2009 News

in the News 2009   Hopping along: Hops farming comes to WNC Go >> Cowzilla may be the only local hops lover who didn’t make an appearance at the inaugural Hops Farm Tour. The huge feral cow, christened Cowzilla by Julie Jensen, co-owner of Echo View at Landfair Farm in Weaverville, may have been intimidated […]

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2008 News

in the News 2008   North Carolina vegetable growers carry on the Cherokee Tradition Go >> Harold Long is full-blooded Cherokee Indian and proud of his heritage. Through his well-known Cherokee pottery and his extensive traditional Cherokee vegetable varieties, Long is doing his part to carry on Cherokee traditions. – Southeast Farm Press, Wednesday, December […]

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Tar Heel Growers Find Niche With Organics

Wednesday, August 20, 2008, Southeast Farm Press By Roy Roberson, Farm Press Editorial Staff Amanda Sizemore grew up on a dairy farm in Fletcher, N.C. After graduating with a degree in horticulture from Clemson University, she set out on a career of helping farmers, first with the USDA, then the North Carolina State University Cooperative […]

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2005 News

Madison Couple Look to the Sweet Fruits Pam Zimmerman and her daughter, Ashley, handle a basket of black raspberries they picked Saturday at Zimmerman’s Berry Farm in Madison County. While berry income hasn’t surpassed tobacco yet on their farm, it is gaining ground. photo: John Fletcher/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Reprinted courtesy of the Asheville Citizen-Times by John […]

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2008 Snapshot

Good News “This program has been a blessing and an education. I had no idea of any resources other than the few farmers in the area. The resources provided by this grant have been excellent!” “This grant has allowed me to transition from small-scale ‘hobby’ farming to a production/income producing level. I have been able […]

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