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 >>

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 >>

2014 Recipient: South Valley Nursery

  Tyler is constructing a 60-foot by 26-foot greenhouse to grow out micropropagated plants for sale. He is expanding upon his successful 2013 WNC AgOptions project for which he used tissue culture to propagate rare and endangered native species and … View >>

2011 Recipient: Frank Teneralli

Frank Teneralli Let It Grow Organic Gardens Grant Award: $3,000 — Blackberry Production to Diversify Farm Income Frank is adding a half an acre of blackberries to his vegetable and landscaping plants operation. In between the rows, he is planting … View >>

2009 Recipient: Harvest Moon Gardens

Marsha Crites, Harvest Moon Gardens Herbs and Perennials – Grant Award: $6,000 Marsha has been in the nursery business for nearly 20 years, and now operates a day retreat for local businesses and non-profits. For the WNC AgOptions project, she … View >>

2009 Recipient: Crooked Creek Farms

Meredith Leigh McKissick, Crooked Creek Farms A Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability Grant Award: $6,000 Since 2003, Meredith has produced diversified vegetables for tailgate markets, and she is currently growing her cut flower and pasture-raised beef cattle business. She … View >>

2008 Recipient: Chris and Rachel Leek

Chris and Rachel Leek of Haywood County are propagating flowers and herbs on their urban lot to sell to restaurants, retailers and individuals. With the grant, they are constructing a small greenhouse and installing a drip irrigation system using water … View >>

2008 Recipient: Hardin Wrenn

Hardin Wrenn of Madison County is building an energy-efficient and water-saving greenhouse to improve the production of his mums. He sells to local retailers and tailgate markets. He has added more than 1,000 mums to his operation because of the … View >>

2006 Recipient: Amy Chambers

  Crop Diversification The Chamber’s family farm has been situated on the same land in Cherokee County since the early 1800’s. Chris Chambers and his wife Amy relocated to the farm with the goal to keep the land in agricultural … View >>

2005 Farm: Burson’s Corner Farm

  Burson’s Corner Farm is owned and operated by Scott and Colleen Burson. The Burson’s farm serves the Atlanta and Asheville metropolitan areas with organic vegetable starts, flowers, herbs, nursery plants and handmade soaps and lotions. The diversified farm is … View >>

2004 Farm: Josh Sorrells

  J. Sorrels’ family farm has grown tobacco for 7 years. Josh has his own business (Cold Mountain Nursery) to transition into the future of agriculture. Expected income from this project is $13,750 in the next two years. Josh Sorrells … View >>

2004 Farm: Karen Wilson

  Karen had raised livestock and produce for the last decade. To diversify her income, Karen is working at establishing herb and flower gardens to harvest for retail sales. This grant allowed Karen to make raised beds and amend the … View >>