In 2016, grants of $3,000 and $6,000 will be available to qualifying farmers who are diversifying their operations in the following counties/units: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey. Interested applicants should arrange an appointment with a N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent by Oct. 16. The application deadline is Nov. 13.
Awardees follow through with timeline and project activities as stated in their submitted application. Cooperative Extension Agents and the WNC AgOptions Project Manager will visit each of the farms throughout the season to discuss progress on the project and assist with technical and marketing questions. The $6,000 awardees are responsible for completing business plans for their projects. All recipients attend orientation workshops at the beginning of the season as well as submit income and expense forms, receipts for project expenses, and program surveys at the end of the funding cycle.
Contact Jennifer Ferre at email@example.com or (828) 252-4783.
Please refer to our list of resources in the region and across the state.
Please refer to the list of resources in the region and across the state.
For more information, please contact your local Extension Agent.