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: 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: Trebuchet Hill

Julia and John McIntyre, Trebuchet Hill Cucumber Beetle Suppression with Alternative Row Cover and Introduced Pollinators Grant Award: $6,000 Trecuchet Hill has been producing small batch organic artisanal pickles since 2016. Because of their popularity and demand, plans are to … 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: Trosly Farm

Amos & Kaci Nidiffer, Trosly Farm High Tunnel Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 Amos and Kaci have added a 30-foot by 72-foot high tunnel to their vegetable operation, allowing them to double their current production. With the increased volume, they … View >>

2016 Recipient: Lively Up Farm

Matthew Cooper, Lively Up Farm Mushroom Production Grant Award: $3,000 Matthew has constructed a hoop house for the propagation and fruiting of shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane mushrooms. The house allows for the ongoing propagation of mushrooms, while reducing input … View >>

2015 Recipient: Thankful Fork Farm

  James is diversifying away from commercial poultry by expanding vegetable production on his farm with the addition of an unheated greenhouse, called a high tunnel. He also plans to grow his own transplants in a section of the tunnel, … View >>

2015 Recipient: Pitch Pine Farm

Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby, Pitch Pine Farm Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 Paige and Justin are creating optimal growing conditions for their vegetables as well as lengthening their growing season with the addition of a permanent high tunnel. The … View >>

2014 Recipient: Bluebird Farm

Marie is establishing an ecologically sustainable pasture hog system with the aim of demonstrating a financially viable model to other hog producers. She is constructing a hoophouse for hogs to farrow and house in winter months, portable field sheds, a … View >>

2012 Recipient: Kay Farm

William Hunt Kay Farm Grant Award: $6,000—Romaine Lettuce Expansion Bill is expanding the production of an uncommon romaine, Kalura, which is outstanding in all attributes—size, rapid growth, heat tolerance and shelf life. He is also growing another variety of lettuce, … View >>

2010 Recipient: Paul & Anna Littman

Paul & Anna Littman: Anna & Paul’s Farm Shiitake Mushroom Expansion & Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 The Littmans are increasing their mushroom production during summer months and extending their production season with the construction of a cold frame. They … View >>

2009 Recipient: Philip Moore

Philip Moore Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes – Grant Award: $3,000 “Having assistance with the initial start-up costs enabled us to get the business off the ground much more quickly and allowed us to experiment with different aspects of organic vegetable production. … View >>

2009 Recipient: Rogue Harbor Farm

Linda Raper, Rogue Harbor Farm Heirloom & Grape Tomato Hoophouse – Grant Award: $3,000 “We could not have purchased this high tunnel without the AgOptions grant, plain and simple.  I look forward happily to many years of tomato growing as … View >>

2008 Recipient: Green Toe Ground

With the help of the grant, Nicole Del Coqlano and Gaelen Corozine of Green Toe Ground in Yancey County are offering a winter share to their Community Supported Agriculture members. They are storing root crops for winter and constructing high … View >>