Pete Dixon has been a full time farmer for 12 years. He and his family have a diverse mix of vegetables and berries that they sell at tailgate markets. Mr. Dixon is a progressive problem solver who has researched many alternatives to tobacco income. He regularly teaches and shares information about his farming experiences with others. The Dixon’s also rely on vacation cabin rental income. The WNC Ag Options program is supporting the Dixons idea to expand greenhouse production of heirloom tomatoes.
Expected income from mushroom production and sales in the next 2 years totals $15,000.
Because of this grant "Our farm will continue to diversify, increasing our income and educating others in the community about the value of agriculture."
With the help of his NC Cooperative Extension agents, Jeanine Davis, Ross Young, David Kendall and Elizabeth Tolley and others, Mr. Dixon believes he can provide high quality heirloom tomatoes to met a growing market demand
Recipients of 2017 farm grants reflect the growing strength of the diversified agricultural system in western North Carolina. WNC Agricultural Options awarded 35 farm businesses a total of $201,000 in $3,000 and $6,000 grants on Thursday at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. Farms are creating jobs in areas in great need of employment. Their premium goods are creating a reputation in other parts of the country.(read more)