WNC AgOptions Awards 2011 Farm Diversification Projects

Grants support diverse agricultural ventures, build local agriculture system

The WNC Agricultural Options program recently awarded six community groups and 47 farmers grants totaling $326,000 to assist them in farm diversification and joint marketing and distribution efforts.

This year’s community grant recipients are creating cohesion, infrastructure and marketing for local products. Individual farm businesses are improving such diverse operations as a 75-acre kale, turnips and collards farm in Cherokee County, a new dairy in Madison County, a micro-greens venture in Watauga County, and a canned bamboo shoots business in McDowell County.

Community groups received varying amounts totaling $92,000. Grantees are: Avery County Farmers Tailgate Marketing Association, Jackson County Christmas Tree Association, Mountain Cattle Alliance, Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center, Watauga County Farmers Market and Southern Appalachian Family Farms.

Three individual farm businesses received $9,000 grants, 25 received $6,000 and 19 received $3,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.

2011 WNC AgOptions Grantees

Amos & Kaci Nidiffer: Trosly Farm
Avery County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Value-Added Poultry Processing Equipment
Topics:   Chickens  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Poultry  | 

Anthony Cole: Jasperwood Farm
Buncombe County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Production of Colored Bell Peppers
Topics:   Diversification  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Irrigation  |  Vegetables  | 

Avery County Farmers Tailgate Marketing Association
Avery County
Grant Award: $5,000  -  Community Advertising and Educational Campaign
Topics:   Educational Program  |  Marketing  | 

Bao Yang: Mountain Spring Garden
McDowell County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Bamboo Shoot Testing & Processing Approval
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Processing & Production  |  Vegetables  | 

Billy Bryant: Bryant Farms
Yancey County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Produce Expansion
Topics:   Irrigation  |  Produce  |  Tomatoes  |  Vegetables  | 

Cassandra Lewis: Hay Pritty Alpines - Crow Valley Farm
Madison County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Dairy Goat Parlor
Topics:   Dairy  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Goats  | 

Charles Church: Watauga River Farms
Watauga County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Vegetable Expansion
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Irrigation  |  Vegetables  | 

Chuck & Jeannie Blethen: Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard
Madison County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Greenhouse & Vineyard Expansion
Topics:   Grapes  |  Greenhouse  |  Vineyard  | 

David Noland, Noland Farm Place
Jackson County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Improving Cattle Genetics and Structure
Topics:   Cattle & Beef  | 

Eddie & Jeff Frisbee: Addison Farms Vineyard
Buncombe County
$9,000  -  Vineyard and Winery Expansion
Topics:   Buildings  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Grapes  |  Vineyard  |  Winery  | 

Frank Teneralli: Let It Grow Organic Gardens
Madison County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Blackberry Production to Diversify Farm Income
Topics:   Berries  |  Flowers  | 

Grady Bob Johnson Jr.: Tucker Hollow Farm
Avery County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Berries and Honey
Topics:   Beekeeping  |  Berries  |  Honey  | 

Herman Garrison
Haywood County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Farm Sanitation for G.A.P. Certification
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Pumpkins  |  Tomatoes  |  Vegetables  | 

Jackson County Christmas Tree Association
Jackson County
$13,000  -  Market Expansion for Christmas Tree Growers in the Southern Mountains
Topics:   Marketing  |  Trees  | 

Jeff Mansker: Anderson Creek Apiary
Graham County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Honey House and Extractor
Topics:   Beekeeping  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Honey  | 

Jill Warwick Nicklaw: Sunshine Cove Farm
Watauga County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Microgreen Production
Topics:   Expansion  |  Greenhouse  |  Vegetables  | 

Jimmy and Sheila Greene: North Fork Farm
Watauga County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Meat, CSA, and Marketing Project
Topics:   Buildings  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Marketing  |  Meat  | 

Joan & Carl Chesick: Green Goddess Farm & Apiary
Buncombe County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Heckuva Honey House
Topics:   Beekeeping  |  Buildings  |  Honey  | 

Jodie and Jeff Zahner: Oconee Bell Farms
Macon County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Oconee Bells
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Greenhouse  |  Native Plants  |  Ornamentals  | 

Joni & John Wavra: Ty-Lyn Plantation
Jackson County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Truffle Project
Topics:   Irrigation  |  Trees  |  Vegetables  | 

Katie Erwin and Edward Marx: H20 Farm
Cherokee County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Greenhouse Heating & Irrigation Systems
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Greenhouse  |  Hydroponics  |  Vegetables  | 

Leslie Sigmon: Emma Farms
Buncombe County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Indoor Oyster Mushroom Production
Topics:   Expansion  |  Mushrooms  | 

Loretta Ball: Craggy View Farm
Buncombe County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Farm Stand
Topics:   Cheese  |  Eggs  |  Meat  |  Organic  |  Produce Stand  |  Value-Added  |  Vegetables  | 

Mario & Michael DeLuca: DeMariano Vineyard
McDowell County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Wine Production from Grapes
Topics:   Buildings  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Grapes  |  Value-Added  |  Vineyard  |  Winery  | 

Mark Byrd: Byrd Charolais
Mitchell County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Mobile Creep Feeder
Topics:   Cattle & Beef  |  Equipment & Supplies  | 

Mark Conley: Conley Ranch
Mitchell County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Diversifying to Hops Farming
Topics:   Diversification  |  Hops  |  U-Pick  | 

Mary Ann Thompson: Traditional Delicacies
EBCI County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Traditional Cherokee Delicacies
Topics:   Native Plants  |  Processing & Production  |  Vegetables  | 

Mike & Joan Glover: Sleepy Hollow Farm
Swain County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Heritage Birds
Topics:   Chickens  |  Eggs  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Meat  | 

Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center
Polk County
$19,000  -  Polk Fresh Trade Post Project
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Handmade Items  |  Produce  |  Retail & Sales Center  |  Value-Added  | 

Mountain Cattle Alliance
Haywood County
$20,000  -  Improving Marketability of WNC Livestock
Topics:   Cattle & Beef  |  Equipment & Supplies  | 

Nicole DelCogliano: Green Toe Ground
Yancey County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Fine Dining on the Farm
Topics:   Agritourism  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Marketing  | 

Randy and Megan Smith: Smith's Sweet Grass Farm
Polk County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Pasture Poultry Expansion
Topics:   Chickens  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Expansion  |  Poultry  |  Refrigeration  | 

Ray Chambers Farm
Haywood County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Refrigeration Transportation
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Produce  |  Refrigeration  |  Transportation  | 

Rick & Karen Jordan: Deerwood Nursery and Farms
Henderson County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Produce and Poultry Cooler
Topics:   Chickens  |  Diversification  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Produce  | 

Robert Johnson: Hattie Hill Vineyard
Watauga County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Harvesting Equipment
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Fruit  |  Vineyard  | 

Ronald and Cheryl Searcy: Wells Farm
Transylvania County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Livestock Treatment Facility
Topics:   Buildings  |  Goats  | 

Ryan Norris: GOat GREEN Farm
Watauga County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Goat Land Clearing
Topics:   Expansion  |  Goats  |  Meat  | 

Ryan Wiebe: Wiebe Farmin'
Yancey County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Well Establishment, Drip Irrigation and Fertigation
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Irrigation  |  Produce  | 

Shannon Roberts, Horse Collar Farm
Madison County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Value Added Cattle
Topics:   Cattle & Beef  |  Fencing  | 

Southern Appalachian Family Farms
Cherokee County
$17,000  -  SAFF Start-Up and Marketing Plan
Topics:   Fruit  |  Marketing  |  Meat  |  Produce  |  Value-Added  |  Vegetables  | 

Stephen Alan Thompson: Nottely River Valley Vineyards
Cherokee County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Tasting Room and Pavilion
Topics:   Agritourism  |  Buildings  |  Educational Program  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Solar  |  Vineyard  | 

Stepp's Plants Etc.
Henderson County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Berry Irrigation Project
Topics:   Berries  |  Irrigation  | 

Steve and Terry King: King Harvest Farm
Haywood County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Raspberry and Vegetable Expansion
Topics:   Berries  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Expansion  |  Irrigation  |  Marketing  |  Vegetables  | 

Steven Beltram: Balsam Gardens
Jackson County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Pastured Raised Poultry Processing Equipment
Topics:   Chickens  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Poultry  | 

Steven Davis: Davis Farm
Madison County
$9,000  -  Dairy Barn
Topics:   Buildings  |  Dairy  |  Equipment & Supplies  | 

Sue Mickey: Appleberry Cove Farm and School
Madison County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Pure Dairy Goat Pet Milk
Topics:   Agritourism  |  Buildings  |  Dairy  |  Goats  |  Processing & Production  | 

Thomas Charles & Margaret McGinnis: Fork Mountain Farm
Madison County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Winter Squash Curing Shed with Temperature Control
Topics:   Buildings  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Vegetables  | 

Thomas E. Shepherd, Jr.: Headwaters of Poverty Farm
Buncombe County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Specialty Poultry
Topics:   Chickens  |  Equipment & Supplies  |  Processing & Production  | 

Tim & Annie Burrell: Rabbit Creek Bee Company, LLC
Macon County
Grant Award: $6,000  -  Nuc Production for Natural Beekeeping
Topics:   Beekeeping  |  Diversification  | 

Timothy Davis: Davis Farms
Cherokee County
$9,000  -  Translicer for Greens
Topics:   Equipment & Supplies  |  Vegetables  | 

Todd Nolt: Sunny Side Farm
Watauga County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Fall Bearing Raspberries
Topics:   Berries  | 

Watauga County Farmers Market
Watauga County
$18,000  -  Site Analysis & Capacity-Building for WCFM
Topics:   Buildings  |  Marketing  | 

William Metes: B.M.S. Enterprises
Buncombe County
Grant Award: $3,000  -  Shiitake Mushroom Smokehouse
Topics:   Buildings  |  Mushrooms  | 

 


 
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