2019 Recipient: Addison Farms Vineyard

Eddie and Jeff Frisbee, Addison Farms Vineyard Crush, Cold Storage and Drying Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Building on success gained through two previous AgOptions grants in 2011 and 2013, Addison Farms Vineyard has seen appreciable growth each year since 2013. … View >>

2019 Recipient: Skydance Farm

Danielle Crocker & Jason Willis, “Pick Dee’s Berries” at Skydance Farm Agritourism Infrastructure for “You-Pick” Berry Farm Grant Award: $6,000 To enhance their “You-Pick” berry operation and create a destination agritourism site, Danielle and Jason will be adding needed infrastructure … View >>

2019 Recipient: Two Trees Farm

Sara Martin and Dustin Cornelison, Two Trees Farm / Sustainabillies Outdoor Kitchen and Classroom Space Grant Award: $6,000 Sara and Dustin will be building a covered multi-purpose outdoor space that will function as a kitchen, classroom, cold storage, washing and … View >>

2019 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Enclosure for Apple-Packing Line Grant Award: $6,000 In response to the recent rapid growth of their business, 60-acre Holt Orchards will be adding a packing line to their apple operation. A 2017 AgOptions … 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: Heartwood Farms

Sarah Beth Hopton, Heartwood Farms Ltd Rabbitry Grant Award: $6,000 Heartwood Farms will be constructing an integrated, closed loop rabbitry and vermiculture barn and system. After two years of market testing a variety of livestock, they have determined that raising … View >>

2019 Recipient: Wild Berry Farms

Mitch Plemmons, Wild Berry Farms Multi-Use Shed Grant Award: $6,000 Mitch will construct a 24’x31’x12′ shed that will serve as a storing, grading and packing facility, as well as a space to park tractors and equipment when not in use. … View >>

2018 Recipient: Franny’s Farm

Frances and Jeff Tacy, Franny’s Farm Chicken Processing Barn with Brooder Room Grant Award: $6,000 Franny’s Farm has streamlined their existing chicken operation with the addition of a dedicated processing barn with a brooder room. No longer does it take … View >>

2018 Recipient: Ruby Brown Farm

Rick Rhinehart, Ruby Brown Farm Pasture Raised Beef Grant Award: $6,000 Ruby Brown Farm has expanded their freezer beef operation by building a dedicated 12′ x 16′ storage building to house 2 commercial freezers for beef and improving their feeding … View >>

2018 Recipient: Sugartown Farm and Nursery

Chip Hope, Sugartown Farm and Nursery Sustainable Plant Nursery Grant Award: $6,000 Chip has established a sustainable, low-tech plant nursery to produce naturally grown plants for sale and to offer workshops on growing food, medicinal plants, organic farming, including livestock … View >>

2018 Recipient: Postell Hollow Farm

Josh and Brooke Postell, Postell Hollow Farm Economical Sheep Feeding Area Grant Award: $3,000 Building on a successful 2017 WNC AgOptions grant to build a sheep working/handling facility, the Postells have turned an existing slant shed into a cost saving … View >>

2018 Recipient: Pine Row Farm

Jeff C. Phillips, Pine Row Farm Pasture Raised Heritage Hogs Grant Award: $6,000 As hogs are making a comeback in Graham County, Pine Row Farm used their grant to expand their pastured heritage hog operation. By using a rotating pasture … 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 >>