2018 Recipient: David Noland

David Noland, Noland Farm Place Creep Feeder Grant Award: $3,000 Building on a successful 2011 WNC AgOptions grant to enhance the genetics of his herd, David has begun to expand and diversify his farm through the introduction of creep feeding … View >>

2015 Recipient: Balsam Gardens

  Steven has expanded Balsam Gardens’ vegetable production in a big way, while also transitioning to USDA Certified Organic to sell to large volume buyers and distributors. Steven has scaled up from 5 to 15 acres. The entire project costs … View >>

2015 Recipient: Bumgarner Farms

Bryan Bumgarner, Bumgarner Farms Feed Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Bryan has built a facility to process cattle and hog feed, which he produces for his own livestock as well as sells to other farms and livestock feed stores. The fully … View >>

2014 Recipient: Twisted Ridge Farms

Abby and Zach Jones, Twisted Ridge Farms Blackberries and Raspberries Grant Award: $6,000 As part of a larger plan to expand and diversify Twisted Ridge Farms, Abby and Zach are adding blackberries and raspberries to their farm, which currently has … View >>

2013 Recipient: Ward Farm

Joe Ward, Ward Farm Customized Kinze Row Planting System Grant Award: $6,000 Joe is purchasing customized no-till row planting equipment that enables him to plant and grow no-till corn so he can expand into local food and livestock feed markets. … View >>

2012 Recipient: Jackson County Farmer’s Market

Jackson County Farmer’s Market Community Kitchen Grant Award: $8,000 Project Leaders: Ron Arps, Vegenui Garden and Amy Grimes, Community Table The Jackson County Farmer’s Market will establish a community commercial kitchen, certified to meet N.C. Department of Agriculture requirements. The … View >>

2011 Recipient: Steven Beltram

Steven Beltram Balsam Gardens Grant Award: $3,000 — Pastured Raised Poultry Processing Equipment The addition of an on-farm processing facility for pastured raised poultry allows Balsam Gardens to increase their production from 150 chickens to 600 a year as well … View >>

2011 Recipient: David Noland

David Noland Noland Farm Place Grant Award: $3,000 — Improving Cattle Genetics and Structure The purchase of one purebred Angus bull with enhanced genetics, structures and Expected Progeny Difference (EPD’s) enables Noland Farm Place to produce calves with improved genetics … View >>

2011 Recipient: Joni and John Wavra

Joni and John Wavra Ty-Lyn Plantation Grant Award: $6,000 — Truffle Project The Wavras are phasing one-half acre of their Christmas tree farm into Black Perigord Truffles (which yields $800/lb) and possibly the Burgundy Truffles ($400/lb). They are preparing the … View >>

2010 Recipient: Al McNeely, Catamount Honey

Al McNeely, Catamount Honey Beekeeping Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Al is expanding and upgrading his beekeeping operation by adding nucleus hives for sale, obtaining a universal product code (UPC) for his products, and purchasing specialized honey extracting equipment. Al manages … View >>

2009 Recipient: Harvest Moon Gardens

Marsha Crites, Harvest Moon Gardens Herbs and Perennials – Grant Award: $6,000 Marsha has been in the nursery business for nearly 20 years, and now operates a day retreat for local businesses and non-profits. For the WNC AgOptions project, she … View >>

2009 Recipient: Salegee Farm

Joseph & Carol Doyle, Salegee Farm Heather & Lavendar Project – Grant Award: $3,000 “This grant has given us the ability to try more cultivars in this harsh mountain climate so that we understand lavender and heather better. It’s also … View >>

2008 Recipient: George Frady

George Frady of Jackson County is turning a portion of his Christmas tree farm, formerly just for wholesale, into a choose-and-cut operation. George needed to expand his farm after the company he worked for in Transylvania County closed.   Jackson … View >>