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2008 Recipient: George Frady

George Frady of Jackson County is turning a portion of his Christmas tree farm, formerly just for wholesale, into a choose-and-cut operation. George needed to expand his farm after the company he worked for in Transylvania County closed.   Jackson … View >>

2008 Recipient: Hardin Wrenn

Hardin Wrenn of Madison County is building an energy-efficient and water-saving greenhouse to improve the production of his mums. He sells to local retailers and tailgate markets. He has added more than 1,000 mums to his operation because of the … View >>

2008 Recipient: Harold and Nancy Long

Harold and Nancy Long of the Cherokee Reservation are growing organic and heirloom tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and berries for local restaurants and tailgate markets. Harold has grown vegetables using traditional Cherokee methods since 1962. They prefer heirloom varieties so that … View >>

2008 Recipient: Joseph and Catt RedCloud

Joseph and Catt RedCloud of the Cherokee Reservation are expanding their herbal salves and syrups business with their grant. They offer educational workshops that highlight native Cherokee growing traditions.   EBCI Contact the Local Extension Agent  

2008 Recipient: Keith Chappel

Keith Chappel of Transylvania County is re-establishing his bee hives to make Poplar and Sourwood honey. Keith has kept bees since he was 12-years-old. Due to tremendous rainfall in the county between 2003 and 2005, he lost most of his … View >>

2008 Recipient: Marshall Shipp

With the help of his children, Marshall Shipp of Watauga County is increasing his bee hives to sell beekeeping supplies, candles, skin-care products and honey, including creamed varieties. He designed his hives so that he can transport them between locations … View >>

2008 Recipient: Micheal Creason

Mike has a great appreciation for his grandfather and father who have farmed all their lives, and he wants to follow in their footsteps. He also hopes the income from his business will provide savings for his children’s education. Mike … View >>

2008 Recipient: Mike Singleton

Mike Singleton of Haywood County is expanding his beekeeping operation so that he can provide beekeepers with a source of colonies. He attracts customers throughout the Eastern U.S., who find him through online beekeeping resources. With his grant, Mike purchased … View >>

2008 Recipient: Green Toe Ground

With the help of the grant, Nicole Del Coqlano and Gaelen Corozine of Green Toe Ground in Yancey County are offering a winter share to their Community Supported Agriculture members. They are storing root crops for winter and constructing high … View >>

2008 Recipient: Rebecca Daniels

Rebecca Daniels lives on her Avery County family farm, a third-generation fraser fir and sheep farm. She is working with her son, Logan Burleson, 16, to establish a greenhouse operation, primarily for rooted wine grape cuttings. They plan to sell … View >>