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2021 Recipient: Black Trumpet Farm

Gwendolyn Casebeer and Jay Englebach, Black Trumpet Farm Increased Efficiency and Output in Gourmet Mushroom Production Grant Award: $6,000 Gwen and Jay use organic growing practices to produce 150 pounds per week of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Demand has consistently … View >>

2021 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Hay Accumulator and Hay Grapple Grant Award: $6,000 To meet the enormous challenge of putting up the more than 5,000 square hay bales Shannon produces each season, he plans to buy a hay accumulator and … View >>

2021 Recipient: Sporadic Farms

David Anderson, Sporadic Farms On Site Cold Storage Building Grant Award: $6,000 David plans to expand and improve the sustainability of his business by building an on-site carport with cold storage. Mushrooms are sensitive to bacterial blooms, so maintaining the … View >>

2020 Recipient: Ridgetop Farm

Scott Brown, Ridgetop Farm Spent Grain Dump Trailer Grant Award: $6,000 Starting in 2011, Scott began feeding his cattle spent brewers grain which led to finishing out cattle to supply meat to local restaurants in the Asheville area. As demand … View >>

2020 Recipient: Myco Rhizing

Natalie Gerardot, Myco Rhizing, LLC Mushroom Grow Domes Grant Award: $6,000 In response to increased demand for mushrooms by restaurants and retail outlets, Natalie is constructing two aircrete dome rooms (one lab/spawn room, one grow room) for indoor mushroom production. … View >>

2020 Recipient: Flourish Flower Farm

Niki Irving, Flourish Flower Farm Walk-in Floral Cooler Grant Award: $6,000 Niki has installed a much-needed professional walk-in floral cooler. Refrigeration is one of the most important aspects of running a high quality floral business. With the new larger walk-in … View >>

2020 Recipient: Ivy Creek Family Farm

Paul & Anna Littman, Ivy Creek Family Farm Caterpillar Tunnels Grant Award: $6,000 After many years of successful growing in permanent hoop houses, the Littmans experienced mineral and salt build up in their hoop house soils, which required remediation. In … View >>

2020 Recipient: Rayburn Farms

Michael and Lauren Rayburn, Rayburn Farms Drying and Packing Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Rayburn Farm has converted an existing 12 x 30 square foot modular shed to a two-room facility that includes a drying room/kiln and packing and storage room … View >>

2019 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Less Sediment and More Seed Grant Award: $6,000 Shannon Morgan purchased a no-till seed drill for his hay and beef operation. The specialized no-till seed drill is an efficient way to improve the nutrients of … View >>

2019 Recipient: Addison Farms Vineyard

Eddie and Jeff Frisbee, Addison Farms Vineyard Crush, Cold Storage and Drying Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Building on success gained through two previous AgOptions grants in 2011 and 2013, Addison Farms Vineyard has seen appreciable growth each year since 2013. … View >>

2019 Recipient: Wild Berry Farms

Mitch Plemmons, Wild Berry Farms Multi-Use Shed Grant Award: $6,000 Mitch has constructed a 24’x31’x12′ shed that is serving as a storing, grading and packing facility, as well as a space to park tractors and equipment when not in use. … View >>

2019 Recipient: Gaining Ground Farm

Anne and Aaron Grier, Gaining Ground Farm Expansion of Heirloom Wheat and Rye Flour Production Grant Award: $6,000 The Griers purchased equipment to expand heirloom small grain production on their 12-acre diversified farm. While they have been growing grains for … View >>

2018 Recipient: Franny’s Farm

Frances and Jeff Tacy, Franny’s Farm Chicken Processing Barn with Brooder Room Grant Award: $6,000 Franny’s Farm has streamlined their existing chicken operation with the addition of a dedicated processing barn with a brooder room. No longer does it take … View >>

2018 Recipient: Ruby Brown Farm

Rick Rhinehart, Ruby Brown Farm Pasture Raised Beef Grant Award: $6,000 Ruby Brown Farm has expanded their freezer beef operation by building a dedicated 12′ x 16′ storage building to house 2 commercial freezers for beef and improving their feeding … View >>