2018 Recipient: Blue Ribbon Farms

Warren, Diana and Clint Cabe, Blue Ribbon Farms Stone Grist Mill Grant Award: $6,000 With the long-term goal of diversifying his farm to remain viable, Warren used past WNC AgOptions grants to improve his cattle operation and develop a niche … View >>

2016 Recipient: Blue Ribbon Farms

Warren, Diana and Clint Cabe, Blue Ribbon Farms Sorghum Syrup Production Grant Award: $3,000 Warren and Diana have added a sorghum syrup processing facility to make syrup with sorghum that they are growing. The shed doubles as a produce packing … View >>

2015 Recipient: 4 L Livestock

Jim Ledford, 4 L Livestock Transition to Managed-Intensive Grazing Grant Award: $6,000 Jim is transitioning his cattle operation to year-round Managed-Intensive Grazing, the next step in becoming a profitable and sustainable business. He is purchasing and installing a fencing system, … View >>

2014 Recipient: Warren Cabe

Warren is increasing the number of calves for market with the purchase of electrical fencing for pasture management as well as materials for improved livestock handling. He is dividing nine acres into paddocks to permit controlled grazing and hence improve … View >>

2012 Recipient: Nantahala Farms and Nursery

Rachelle Clark, Nantahala Farms and Nursery Hydroponic Plant Production and Greenhouse Growing Grant Award: $6,000 With the addition of a greenhouse, Rachelle is producing vegetable starts for her fields as well as fresh produce, strawberries, herbs and flowers to customers … View >>

2011 Recipient: Jodie and Jeff Zahner

Jodie and Jeff Zahner Oconee Bell Farms Grant Award: $6,000 — Oconee Bells The Zahners are expanding greenhouse space for propagating and first-year growing of the rare native evergreen groundcover Shortia galacifolia, commonly known as Oconee Bells. It is in … View >>

2011 Recipient: Tim & Annie Burrell

Tim & Annie Burrell Rabbit Creek Bee Company, LLC Grant Award: $6,000 — Nuc Production for Natural Beekeeping The Burrells are diversifying their queen-rearing operation by producing nucleus hives for local natural and organic beekeepers, responding to the high demand … View >>

2009 Recipient: Slagle Farm

Kathy S. & Daniel Tinsley, Slagle Farm Wool & Asparagus – Grant Award: $3,000 “I really appreciate the grant. It has really spurred me along to look at the business side of the farm.” ~ Kathy Tinsley Since 1954, Kathy … View >>

2004 Farm: Alex and Nicole Dension

  Looking to expand apart from the individual and wholesale markets, agritoursim seemed the next logical step for the Denison’s trout farm. Having been asked repeatedly if they allow “fish-out” or for tours by both community members and the occasional … View >>