2019 Recipient: Sky2Farm

Charles King, Skye2Farm Skye Farm Lavender Venue Grant Award: $6,000 To increase production in order to meet current demand and to create a new revenue stream, Charles King will be expanding his lavender farm by 470 plants as part of … View >>

2019 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Less Sediment and More Seed Grant Award: $6,000 Shannon Morgan will purchase a no-till seed drill for his hay and beef operation. The specialized no-till seed drill is an efficient way to improve the nutrients … View >>

2019 Recipient: Tucker Hollow Farms

Grady “Bob” Johnson, Jr., Tucker Hollow Farms Bedding and Propagating Greenhouse Grant Award: $6,000 Bob Johnson has added a dedicated bedding and propagation greenhouse to his existing operation. The new greenhouse is allowing his farm to extend the growing season … View >>

2019 Recipient: Blue Ridge Apiaries

Ryan and Launi Higgs, Blue Ridge Apiaries Value-Added Diversification with Session Mead Production Grant Award: $6,000 Before starting their successful small-scale apiary that now supplies 12% of the total North Carolina honey crop, the Higgs were employees of the largest … View >>

2019 Recipient: High Country Herbs

Heather and Kris Gupton, High Country Herbs Farm Mechanization Grant Award: $6,000 To increase production and reduce labor costs, the Guptons have transitioned to mechanized farm production and adding a Caterpillar Tunnel to their 4-acre operation. They had previously done … View >>

2019 Recipient: Rice Family Farms

Beauford Rice, Rice Family Farms Portable Corral Grant Award: $6,000 With the addition of a Rawhide portable corral system, Rice Family Farms will have needed equipment to safely and efficiently work their cattle. Since their cattle are located on multiple … View >>

2019 Recipient: Dugan Farms

John Dugan and David Anderson, Dugan Farms Mechanical Cultivation for Sustainable Weed Management Grant Award: $6,000 John and David will be purchasing a mechanical cultivator to assist in weed management on his 10-acre vegetable farm. Currently, the two-person operation manages … View >>

2019 Recipient: Dollar Down Farm

Barry L. Bingham, Dollar Down Farm Growing Under Sliding Thunder Grant Award: $6,000 Barry will add a movable “Sliding Thunder” high tunnel to his operation in order to extend his growing season, double his inside growing area, and increase his … 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: McConnell Farms

Danny McConnell, McConnell Farms Custom Labeling Project Grant Award: $6,000 In addition to selling fresh fruits and vegetables, McConnell Farms, an established diversified family farm, offers a wide range of value-added products including ice creams, jams, preserves, fruit butters, acetified … View >>

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: 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 >>