High Mountain Nursery Expansion – Grant Award: $6,000
“The grant project infused a lot of new energy into the farm. I always had the idea to do this, but never had the chance.”
~ Nick Sagan
Nick has grown three acres of tobacco from 1995-1999, Fraser Firs since 1993, and landscape trees and shrubs since 1997. For his WNC AgOptions project, Nick is phasing his nursery from “Balled and Burlap” field-grown material to “Pot-In-Pot” container production, growing a mix of screening material and Japanese Maples.
This advanced system of nursery production involves high capital expenditures, but creates an ideal growing environment for the trees. It will allow Nick to harvest year-round and save on labor. Nick markets his products at trade shows, through direct mail, and with strategic partners. He is also developing a website for online sales.