Heather Bryant and Kris Gupton, High Country Herbs
Greenhouse and Transplanter Upgrades
Grant Award: $6,000
Building on their successful 2019 AgOptions grant project, High Country Herbs
upgraded their greenhouse and purchased a transplanter. With their past grant,
Heather and Kris added a caterpillar tunnel to their 4-acre operation. They used this year’s grant to add fans and heaters to allow for optimal conditions for their seed starts and boost overall survival rates.
The addition of a water-wheel transplanter significantly increased efficiency and reduced labor required to plant transplants in the field.
The Guptons grow hemp and vegetables, and have found that using tobacco practices with their hemp cultivation has worked very well. They sell via direct sales to breweries, restaurants and farmers markets in Caldwell, Watauga and Avery Counties