2019 Recipient: Dry Ridge Farm

Wendy and Graham Brugh, Dry Ridge Farm Laying Hen Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Wendy and Graham have expanded their egg production to include wholesale markets in Asheville. They increased their laying flock to 2,000 birds, which allows them to respond … View >>

2019 Recipient: Jenkins Angus Farm

James Jenkins, Jenkins Angus Farm AI Cattle Working System Grant Award: $6,000 To double profits and significantly increase his herd’s value, James added a sweep system and squeeze chute to artificially inseminate 90% of his cattle annually. Previously, he could … View >>

2019 Recipient: Highgate Farm

Melissa Harwin, Highgate Farm Post Harvest Cure and Store Facility Grant Award: $6,000 With the construction of two 8′ x 8′ climate controlled on-site cure and storage buildings, Highgate Farms expects to reduce post-harvest product losses by up to 25%. … View >>

2019 Recipient: Carolina Flowers

Emily Copus, Carolina Flowers Dahlia Crop Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Emily will be significantly expanding her dahlia crop that supplies florists in Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, as well as local markets, weddings and special events. The grant will pay for the … View >>

2019 Recipient: Mountain Harvest Organics

Carl Evans and Julie Mansfield, Mountain Harvest Organics Pizza Farm Agritoursim Grant Award: $6,000 Carl and Julie will be transitioning their current successful farming operation from being focused on crop production to producing value-added products and services. They will upgrade … View >>

2018 Recipient: Greenshire Farms

Randall Gifford, Greenshine Farms Operation Paper Pot Grant Award: $3,000 Greenshine Farms purchased a specialty piece of equipment called a Paper Pot Transplanter. Rather than having to pop out plant starts by hand and place into pre-dug holes, this Japanese … View >>

2018 Recipient: The Farmer’s Hands

Sebastiaan Zijp, The Farmer’s Hands Teaching and Event Shelter Grant Award: $3,000 With the addition of a new educational shelter, The Farmer’s Hands has the capacity to increase attendance and expand their agritourism events. This basic shelter with electricity is … View >>

2018 Recipient: Wildbud Natives

Nathan Buchanan, Wildbud Natives Shade Tunnel Project Grant Award: $3,000 Nathan has expanded his current native plants nursery operation with the addition of a 14′ x 50′ shade tunnel. He also purchased growing supplies to use in the expansion. The … View >>

2017 Recipient: Paper Crane Farm

Joe Evans, Paper Crane Farm Crop Diversification: Specialty Cut Flowers Grant Award: $6,000 Joe has diversified his successful five-acre vegetable farm with the addition of a half-acre of cut flowers. To achieve this level of production, he has increased the … View >>

2017 Recipient: Homemade in Marshall

Kathleen and Kevin Lane, Homemade In Marshall Dairy Parlor Upgrade Grant Award: $6,000 Kate and Kevin improved their milking routine with the addition of an enclosed milk room within their existing parlor. The new milk room houses a stainless steel … View >>

2017 Recipient: Doubletree Farm

Catherine Guthrie Bennett, Doubletree Farm Sorghum Syrup Expansion Grant Award: $3,000 Cathy purchased equipment to streamline her sorghum syrup processing with the goal of increasing her production to 500 gallons per season. Cathy purchased a new wagon to store larger … View >>

2017 Recipient: Dry Ridge Farm

Graham and Wendy Brugh, Dry Ridge Farm Beef Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Graham and Wendy have added 10 beef cattle to their current eight-cow herd. They also currently farm 100 hogs, 2,000 meat chickens, 90 lambs and a 700 laying … View >>

2016 Recipient: Just Ripe Farm

Rachel Kinard, Just Ripe Farm Soil Improvement and Root Crop Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Rachel has purchased a specialty tillage implement called an articulating spader that promotes higher root crop yields. Spaders prepare garden beds for planting in a gentle … View >>