Van Burnette: Hop N’ Blueberry Farm
Milkweed Production & Butterfly Farming
Grant Award: $3,000
Van is establishing a commercial milkweed operation. The primary customers for milkweed are butterfly farmers who are unable to produce sufficient food supply for caterpillars. Van is also working with university researchers to develop new markets for the plant, which can be used in cosmetics, oil absorption, plastics, insulation and native plant restoration.
In addition, Van is developing a small butterfly farm to attract tours to his farm, which will increase the exposure to his other ventures: hops and blueberries.