Jodie and Jeff Zahner
Oconee Bell Farms
Grant Award: $6,000 — Oconee Bells
The Zahners are expanding greenhouse space for propagating and first-year growing of the rare native evergreen groundcover Shortia galacifolia, commonly known as Oconee Bells. It is in great demand by plant collectors, landscape designers and second-home owners in the Appalachians.
They hope to increase the number of cuttings that root by using bottom heat from heat mats. The Zahners anticipate generating half their household income from the farm within three years.