Sarah Beth Hopton, Heartwood Farms Ltd
Grant Award: $6,000
After two years of market testing a variety of livestock, they have determined that raising heritage meat rabbits is the most sustainable and viable business model for their small farm. In those two years, they have cultivated a market for high quality rabbit, selling predominantly to high-end restaurants between Winston-Salem, Boone and Asheville.
The dedicated barn operation will improve production efficiencies, minimize losses, add an income stream (vermicompost), allow high-end market cultivation and the FDA-approved facility will open up interstate sales.