in the News 2008

North Carolina vegetable growers carry on the Cherokee Tradition

Harold Long is full-blooded Cherokee Indian and proud of his heritage. Through his well-known Cherokee pottery and his extensive traditional Cherokee vegetable varieties, Long is doing his part to carry on Cherokee traditions. – Southeast Farm Press, Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Four Local Farms Win Grant Money From AgOptions

Four Jackson County farms have been awarded AgOptions grants to expand and diversify their operations. Vera Guise, Mike Creason, George Frady and Doug and Renee Lambrecht were awarded the funds earlier this month. The awards range from $2,500 to $5,000. – Sylva Herald, October 23, 2008

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Tar Heel Growers find Niche with Organics

Amanda Sizemore grew up on a dairy farm in Fletcher, N.C. After graduating with a degree in horticulture from Clemson University, she set out on a career of helping farmers, first with the USDA, then the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension System. – Southeast Farm Press, Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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Local Farmers Revive Sorghum-Syrup Production

Sorghum syrup once flowed like creek water in the Southern Appalachians, and there are signs that this ultimate “slow food” may be flowing again. With help from the state, several local farmers have revved up production of the rich, old-fashioned syrup. Mountain Xpress, August 15, 2008 

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Cleaning up land: Goats fill unique niche in plant control

When Ron and Cheryl Searcy returned to their family farm near Horse Shoe, N.C., they had a number of crop and livestock options in mind – none of them involved goats. Southeast Farm Press, Wednesday, November 5, 2008

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Recovering from drought: Restoring stream banks a big step

Western North Carolina was among the Southeast’s hardest hit areas by drought in 2006-2007. Thanks to some forward thinking stream restoration work the rains that have somewhat alleviated the drought didn’t go to waste. – Farm Press, Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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