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2008 Snapshot

Good News “This program has been a blessing and an education. I had no idea of any resources other than the few farmers in the area. The resources provided by this grant have been excellent!” “This grant has allowed me … View >>

2008 News

North Carolina vegetable growers carry on the Cherokee Tradition. Harold Long is full-blooded Cherokee Indian and proud of his heritage. Through his well-known Cherokee pottery and his extensive traditional Cherokee vegetable varieties, Long is doing his part to carry on Cherokee traditions.… View >>

Media: 2008 Central Mountains

For Cathy and Andy Bennett, owners of Doubletree Farm in Madison County, the AgOptions grant is helping them keep Appalachian traditions alive. They’re using the knowledge about molasses-making they’ve gained from their neighbors Peggy and Nathan Harmon, whose ancestors made … View >>

Media: 2008 High Country

In addition to the added income, cattle on his farm give Paquin a sense of nostalgia. “We had cattle when I was real young — 8-years-old,” he said. “I always appreciate the type of energy animals give to a farm.” … View >>

2008 Workshops

WNC Whole-Farm Planning Workshop – February 2008 WNC AgOptions/USDA-RMA Community Outreach Program AgVenture Feasibility, Risky Business and Agribusiness Planning 101 What will your farm be like in 5 years? 10 years? 25 years? Attend educational agricultural-business workshop on February 15th, … View >>

2006 Workshops

WNC AgOptions/USDA-RMA Community Outreach Program AgVenture Feasibility, Risky Business and Agribusiness Planning 101 What will your farm be like in 5 years? 10 years? 25 years? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, then you know that farming is … View >>

2006 Economic Impact Study

    Primary data for this analysis was derived from original grant requests, site visits, telephone and email communication, and a three page survey administered in the late winter and early spring of 2006. Surveys on 68 projects and 74 … View >>

2005 Workshops

2005 Marketing Opportunities for Farmers Workshops The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, hosted the 2005 Marketing Opportunities for Farmers Conference. Workshops were for current farmers or those interested in farming who wanted … View >>

2005 News

Madison Couple Look to the Sweet Fruits by John Boyle, Asheville Citizen-Times, June 20, 2005 Pam Zimmerman and her daughter, Ashley, handle a basket of black raspberries they picked Saturday at Zimmerman’s Berry Farm in Madison County. While berry income … View >>