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Watauga farmers get $42,000 in grants

By Scott Nicholson Watauga Democrat, February 2011 The Watauga County Farmers Market and six local farms received funding in the latest round of WNC AgOptions grants for farm diversification. The farmers market received $18,000 for a site analysis and expansion … View >>

2011 WNC AgOptions Awardees Announced

Grants support diverse ventures, boost local agriculture system FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2011 MARSHALL — 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 … View >>

New Community Grant Opportunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2010 Contact: Megan Riley, WNC AgOptions, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org or your local Cooperative Extension Center. Grants to Boost Local Agriculture System WNC AgOptions application deadline November 22 MARSHALL — WNC Agricultural Options is introducing a … View >>

Project Summary

The WNC AgOptions program assists farmers and their communities by strategically supporting diversified crops and/or agriculture tourism ventures. Economically viable farming operations enhance tourism and sustainable development by retaining open space and wildlife areas that draw people to area. Diversification … View >>

Project Justification

Since 2004, WNC AgOptions has administered 423 grants totaling nearly $2 million, including nine community group projects, which often affect hundreds of farmers. Based on data collected from the 2009-2011 projects, the following is a snapshot of a typical WNC … View >>

Project History

With support from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC Agricultural Options has provided 423 grants totaling nearly $2 million, along with agribusiness training and marketing education, to farmers and community groups since 2004. In the last decade, the farm … View >>

Project Goals

Our Mission: The Western North Carolina Agricultural Options Program builds sustainable farming communities in our mountain region by providing resources directly to farmers who are diversifying and expanding their operations. Goals and Objectives: • Assist tobacco farmers and those in … View >>

2010 News

Haywood hops farmer sets the bar high. Haywood County hops farmer Scott Grahl is a dreamer with his feet planted firmly on the ground. “One day a buddy of mine called and said ‘Did you know there is a worldwide hops shortage?'” Grahl said. “From then on, I’ve spent the last three years learning about this plant.”… View >>

2010 Farm Diversification Projects

  WNC AgOptions Awards 2010 Farm Diversification Projects Grants for local farm product sales, pioneering ventures, and alternative markets The WNC Agricultural Options Program awarded 42 farmers seed grants totaling $225,000 last month to assist them in completing farm diversification … View >>

News Archives

WNC AgOptions Press Releases   in the News 2010 Roadside produce stand on honor system While produce stands are a roadside fixture in the High Country, Springhouse Farm in Vilas has a built-in advantage. Springhouse Farm has a new self-service, … View >>

2009 News

Hopping along: Hops farming comes to WNC. Cowzilla may be the only local hops lover who didn’t make an appearance at the inaugural Hops Farm Tour. The huge feral cow, christened Cowzilla by Julie Jensen, co-owner of Echo View at Landfair Farm in Weaverville, may have been intimidated by the more than 100 growers, home brewers and beer lovers… View >>

2009 WNC AgOptions Awardees Announced

  2009 WNC AgOptions Awardees Announced   Farmers diversify farms, try local markets to remain viable   MARSHALL — Nearly 50 farmers in the mountain region recently received funding totaling $225,000 from Western North Carolina Agricultural Options to demonstrate ways … View >>

2009 Media Packet

Farmers Diversify Farms, Try Local Markets to Remain Viable MARSHALL — Nearly 50 farmers in the mountain region recently received funding totaling $225,000 from Western North Carolina Agricultural Options to demonstrate ways to enhance farm businesses. The $3,000, $6,000 and … View >>