2006 Recipient: Rickey Postell

Rickey Postell

Cherokee County

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Crop Diversification: Christmas Trees

In 1993, the Postell’s tobacco barn collapsed from a blizzard; the family could not justify re-building the barn as tobacco prices would not support the reinvestment. Since that time, Rickey has dreamt of using that field to raise Christmas trees to generate some additional income.

With the WNC Ag Options Grant, Rickey’s dream of growing Frasier Fir trees has started to become a reality.