Potatoes after Tobacco – Grant Award: $3,000
“Farming is part of my heritage – my grandparents and parents farmed on the property. We’ll be able to continue that, and I would like to be able to continue that through my children.” ~ Brandon Birchfield
Brandon grew up on a family farm with a long history of tobacco production. He raised tobacco himself from 1978 to 2005, as well as a diversity of livestock in the 1980s and 1990s. For his WNC AgOptions project, he will produce Kennebec potatoes on 2 acres of previously farmed tobacco fields to be harvested and sold locally.
Purchase materials include: seed potatoes, fertilizer, lime, insecticides, fuel and tractor-related expenses. He will eventually experiment with other potato varieties. The funding will ensure the business continues operating and the farmland does not become barren. He will market at local farmers markets, flea markets, individuals and restaurants.