2004 Farm: Qualla Berry Farms

  Karen and John are planning to expand their farm operation by producing value-added raspberry products, medicinal herbs and farm garden beauty products. Qualla Berry Farms is also open to the public for tours by appointment only. Expected income totals … View >>

2004 Farm: James Parham

  James Parham has expanded the production of his delicious mountain honey in addition to spending more time at regional festivals. Through greater production and exposure to local and visiting public the higher income will cover the costs of beekeeping … View >>

2004 Farm: Happy Valley Farms

  Doyle and Janet have recently started a new business Happy Valley Farms where they specialize in hot-house tomatoes production. The income from the tomatoes sales when supply is normally low will help keep this family economically viable in the … View >>

2004 Farm: Jason Hensley

  J. Hensley is still farming the land his grandfather purchased in 1962. “I love farming and I intend to be a full time farmer as soon as graduate.” Jason has used his grant money to cover the costs of … View >>

2004 Farm: Jena Roberts

  Jena is preparing to expand into the retail market with her organic vegetable production to become more economically sustainable in the future. Expected income totals $16,300 in next 2 years. J. Roberts is developing a new relationship with her … View >>

2004 Farm: Jim Bryan

  J. Bryan will expand an adjacent 2 acres into a parking area to offer better traffic flow to the farm during the peak harvest season. The grant will be used to cover some of the labor and material costs … View >>

2004 Farm: Joe and Lee Tuttle

  Joe and Lee Tuttle purchased Queens Produce and Berry farm in 2003. The customer demand and inquiries from both the farm and the produce stand usually indicate which crops to expand. One such request for the Tuttle’s has been … View >>

2004 Farm: John Jenkins

  After spending most of his life farming tobacco, John Jenkins is ready to “plow new fields.” With help from his county extension agent and this grant, John is looking to break into the organic and native plants market by … View >>

2004 Farm: Joseph Deal

  Joe Deal grew up on his family farm and since he graduated from NC State in the spring of 2004, he is back on his land contributing to the farming industry on a more permanent basis. He owns two … View >>

2004 Farm: Joseph Miller

  J. Miller and his wife are full time farmers that have researched the idea of producing bio-diesel from restaurants’ cooking oil. With endless hours of support from their local extension agents the Millers will create bio-diesel that costs $2.76/gallon … View >>

2004 Farm: Josh Sorrells

  J. Sorrels’ family farm has grown tobacco for 7 years. Josh has his own business (Cold Mountain Nursery) to transition into the future of agriculture. Expected income from this project is $13,750 in the next two years. Josh Sorrells … View >>

2004 Farm: June Hawkins

  J. Hawkins is a full time farmer who has grown tobacco since 1967. The farm is transitioning from tobacco income to an agritourism business with a corn maze, pick your own Pumpkin Patch, choose and cut Christmas tree farm … View >>

2004 Farm: Karen Wilson

  Karen had raised livestock and produce for the last decade. To diversify her income, Karen is working at establishing herb and flower gardens to harvest for retail sales. This grant allowed Karen to make raised beds and amend the … View >>

2004 Farm: Falls Creek Trout Farm

  Ken Wilson decided to take a risk and leased an existing trout operation. Ken had an interest in trout farming and decided to take this opportunity when it presented itself. Since opening, Falls Creek Trout Farm has supplied trout … View >>

2004 Farm: Kevin Roberson

  K. Roberson is planning on hosting tours on his family farm to educate children about his cow/calf operation. Kevin says, “Most children do not have an opportunity to understand where hamburger comes from.” In addition to educational opportunities for … View >>