2018 Recipient: Crawford Acres

Chris and Michelle Crawford, Crawford Acres Vineyard Expansion and Diversification Grant Award: $6,000 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 … View >>

2017 Recipient: LeatherNeck Farms

Samantha and Kevin Webb, LeatherNeck Farms Irrigation Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Samantha and Kevin have installed a self-propelled irrigation system to boost their vegetable and grass-fed livestock operation. The reel irrigation helps them maintain greener pastures and increase vegetable production. … View >>

2016 Recipient: Brothers on Farms

Susan Epps Ward, Brothers on Farms Lamb Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Susan is expanding her lamb meat venture, which she started with the help of a 2013 WNC AgOptions grant. She is renovating her pasture to better control barber … View >>

2015 Recipient: SMM Farms

Salvador Moreno, SMM Farms Produce Washing System Grant Award: $6,000 Salvador is significantly cutting production costs on his 50-acre vegetable farm with the purchase of a washer and grader to clean and sort harvested produce. With this equipment, which helps … View >>

2014 Recipient: Walnut Hollow Ranch

Charlie Kissling, Walnut Hollow Ranch All Natural Beef Business Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 To meet heightened demand for all natural grass-fed beef in Clay County and surrounding communities, Charlie is increasing beef production by an additional 5,300 pounds of beef … View >>

2013 Recipient: Brothers on Farms

Susan Epps Ward, Brothers On Farms Lamb Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Susan and her sons Dmitry, 13, and Andrei, 12, are adding all-natural grass-fed lamb to their growing farm business, which currently includes mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, rabbits, and specialty garlic … View >>

2013 Recipient: SMM Farms

  Salvador is adding a heating system and gravel and ventilation system to his existing greenhouse so that he can supply all his own plant starts. Before this project he could only grow plants in late spring, which is not … View >>

2010 Recipient: Bass & Seth Hyatt

Bass & Seth Hyatt Grass-Fed Angus Beef Grant Award: $6,000 The Hyatts are constructing a new cattle-working facility – corral, scales, chute and head-gate – for their grass-fed operation on a 640-acre farm. The equipment will encourage the careful monitoring … View >>

2009 Recipient: Philip Moore

Philip Moore Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes – Grant Award: $3,000 “Having assistance with the initial start-up costs enabled us to get the business off the ground much more quickly and allowed us to experiment with different aspects of organic vegetable production. … View >>

2008 Recipient: Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones of Clay County is growing his goat operation by building shelter, constructing fencing and renovating pasture. The land in Fires Creek where he farms has been in his family’s hands for four generations, and now he resides there … View >>

2006 Recipient: Laurie Bruce

Livestock Laurie Bruce and her family have started raising Nubian dairy goats in Clay County. The Bruce family will soon be producing fresh dairy products in their cheese-making facility funded in part by the WNC Ag Options Grant.   Clay … View >>

2005 Farm: Burson’s Corner Farm

  Burson’s Corner Farm is owned and operated by Scott and Colleen Burson. The Burson’s farm serves the Atlanta and Asheville metropolitan areas with organic vegetable starts, flowers, herbs, nursery plants and handmade soaps and lotions. The diversified farm is … View >>

2004 Farm: Qualla Berry Farms

  Karen and John are planning to expand their farm operation by producing value-added raspberry products, medicinal herbs and farm garden beauty products. Qualla Berry Farms is also open to the public for tours by appointment only. Expected income totals … View >>