2019 Recipient: 3M Livestock

Gregory Miller, 3M Livestock Diversifying to Goats and Sheep Grant Award: $6,000 In order to diversify his cow/calf operation, Greg will be adding field fencing to farm and removing the barbed wire to introduce goats and sheep to his herd. … View >>

2018 Recipient: Double 00 Farm

Sophia Annette Ensley, Double 00 Farm Breed Preservation and Increased Production Grant Award: $3,000 Double 00 Farm has increased the size of their Large Black Hogs herd, a threatened breed of foraging hog that produces a micro-marbled meat. Their grant … 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 >>

2017 Recipient: Henry’s Farm

Dwight Clifton Henry, Henry’s Farm Smoky Mountain Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 Dwight added an acre of apple and pear trees to his 37-acre farm, in which he raises cattle, hogs and vegetables. He expects to generate income after the fourth … View >>

2017 Recipient: Franny’s Farm

Frances and Jeff Tacy, Franny’s Farm Rotational Grazing for Sheep/Lamb Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Frances and Jeff have improved their sheep pastures and their rotational grazing system with the addition of permanent fencing and a central lambing shed. Their … View >>

2016 Recipient: Edwards Farm

James Moore Edwards, Edwards Farm Grass-Fed Cattle Grant Award: $6,000 James is diversifying his vegetable operation with grass-fed cattle. He purchased seven calves to pasture on 16 acres. He feeds them on grass until autumn before slaughtering them for sale … View >>

2016 Recipient: Buck’s Tree Farm

Rodney Buchanan, Buck’s Tree Farm Alternative Fraser Fir Transplant Production Method Grant Award: $6,000 Rodney is producing Fraser Fir transplants for his Christmas tree farm, growing them in containers instead of using the traditional lineout bed method to deter root … View >>

2016 Recipient: Chestnut Hill Farm

Tim and Jamie Kelley, Chestnut Hill Farm Grass Forages and Wildlife Preservation Grant Award: $6,000 Tim and Jamie have enhanced their livestock operation by optimizing forage grasses and better managing rotations of cattle, sheep and goats. Improvements have resulted in … View >>

2015 Recipient: Wards Farm

Brent Ward, Wards Farm Cattle Handling System Grant Award: $3,000 Brent is improving the safety and efficiency of his cattle farm by adding a handling system, including a covered and fenced separation area. This dedicated space allows Brent to better … View >>

2015 Recipient: Sh-Nanny-Gans

Shannonrae and Rickie Mathes, Sh-Nanny-Gans Targeted and Rotational Grazing for Goats Grant Award: $6,000 Shannonrae and Rickie are transitioning 58 acres of Fraser Firs into pasture for Boer meat goats, currently in 19 acres. The goats are rented to landowners … 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 >>

2015 Recipient: Still Hill Dressage

Natalya Gryson, Still Hill Dressage Expanding Horse Sales Using Management-Intensive Grazing Grant Award: $6,000   Natalya is increasing profitability of her venture to train and sell horses by transitioning to Management-Intensive Grazing. Moving her horses out of the barn and … View >>

2014 Recipient: Goldfinch Gardens

  Cedar and Ben are diversifying their vegetable enterprise with the addition of meat sheep. They have purchased 12 ewes and will purchase one ram and begin breeding in late summer. They are constructing a secure shed and paddocks for … View >>

2014 Recipient: Ruff B Farm

Chauncey Barber, Ruff B Farm Barber Boys’ Beef Grant Award: $3,000 Responding to an untapped market for freezer beef in Polk County, Chauncey is developing a portion of his existing hay and cattle farm to better accommodate steers and heifers. … View >>