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2017 Recipient: Cloud 9 Farm

Janet Peterson, Cloud 9 Farm Small Fruit Irrigation and Raspberry Diversification Grant Award: $3,000 Janet upgraded the irrigation system on her blueberry farm to enhance the health of her berry bushes. She is also adding 200 raspberry plants to diversify … View >>

2016 Recipient: Rayburn Farms

Michael and Lauren Rayburn, Rayburn Farms Herb Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Michael and Lauren have expanded their production of field basil to keep up with customer demand. To do so they made major improvements to their growing system to better … View >>

2016 Recipient: Patchwork Urban Farms

Sunil Patel, Patchwork Urban Farms Cold Storage Establishment Grant Award: $3,000 Sunil has renovated a root cellar to be a walk-in cooler for produce storage to expand his Community Supported Agriculture venture. He is using a CoolBot, which transforms rooms … View >>

2015 Recipient: Holt Livestock

Michael Joe Holt, Jr., Holt Livestock Breeding and Feeding Facility for Show Pig Production Grant Award: $6,000 Michael is expanding his pork and show pig operation by constructing a facility to house sows year-round. Both pork and show pig markets … View >>

2015 Recipient: Jasperwood Farm

Anthony Cole, Jasperwood Farm Winter Squash Curing Facility Grant Award: $3,000 Anthony is building on the success of a 2010 WNC AgOptions project by improving the storage and curing of pumpkins and winter squash. He has constructed a passive solar … View >>

2015 Recipient: Rolling Ridge Farm

Dwayne and Christy Reeves, Rolling Ridge Farm Cattle Handling System Grant Award: $6,000 Dwayne and Christy are enhancing the quality of their Black Angus cattle by improving stress and safety conditions at their Leicester farm with the addition of a … View >>

2014 Recipient: Shady Place Farms

Neal and Ava have constructed a dedicated space on their farm for storing and marketing freezer beef to individuals and eventually restaurants. Their aim is to display a professional and sanitary image, “one that shows customers we are committed to … View >>

2013 Recipient: Reems Creek Nursery

Susan is adding a 30-foot by 96-foot heated greenhouse specifically for growing vegetable and herb transplants in organic potting soils with organic fertilizer and pest control methods. The separate greenhouse prevents cross-contamination with conventionally raised nursery crops. Purchases include a … View >>

2013 Recipient: Woody Farms

Neal Woody, Woody Farms Packing and Grading Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Neal is building an on-farm packing facility and adding a well to improve the washing and grading system at his Leicester farm. This centralized grading shed reduces labor costs … View >>

2012 Recipient: Full Sun Farm

Alex Brown and Vanessa Campbell, Full Sun Farm Mixed Nut Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 Alex and Vanessa are diversifying their mixed vegetable operation with tree nuts. No other farmer in the county currently produces nuts for commercial sale. They are … View >>

2012 Recipient: Hominy Valley

Frank and Jeanette Wilson, Hominy Valley Farms – Land and Cattle Home Delivery or Farm Pick Up Grant Award: $6,000 Frank and Jeanette are expanding their on-line ordering and home delivery marketing system. The purchase of a walk-in freezer and … View >>

2012 Recipient: Wildwood Herbal

Alan and Seth are establishing an aquaponics greenhouse system integrated with their existing greens production. They are transforming a 1,500 square foot greenhouse into a symbiotic leafy green and tilapia production area. Excrement from the fish provides nutrients for the … View >>

2012 Recipient: Appalachian Botanical Alliance

Appalachian Botanical Alliance Cooperative Production, Research and Marketing of Traditional Chinese Herbs Grant Award: $8,000 Project Leader: Amy Hamilton, Appalachian Seeds Farm and Nursery The Appalachian Botanical Alliance is showing by example that medicinal herbs are a viable, alternative crop … View >>