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2009 Recipient: Van Burnette

Van Burnette Hop and Blueberry Production – Grant Award: $6,000 “Just applying for the grant was the best thing I could have done. I learned so much — the cost, the activities, just narrowing what I wanted to do with … View >>

2009 Recipient: Imladris Farm

Walter & Wendy Harrill, Imladris Farm The Bunny Barn – Grant Award: $6,000 The Harrills are full-time farmers, who have grown berries since 2000 to process gourmet jam to sell at open-air markets, festivals, online, groceries, restaurants and gift shops … View >>

2009 Recipient: Blue Heron Farm

Susan Mallard & Viki Nofke, Blue Heron Farm Culinary Herb Project – Grant Award: $6,000 Susan Mallard (CoOwner) & Viki Nofke (Farm Manager) Blue Heron Farm has produced fruits, vegetables and herbs since 1986 and been members and co-founders of … View >>

2009 Recipient: Neal & Ava Morgan

Neal & Ava Morgan Creating non-corn-based feed for beef cattle – Grant Award: $3,000 Neal is a third-generation farmer and has raised black angus beef cattle and alfalfa hay since 1984. He grew tobacco prior to 1994, and then leased … View >>

2009 Recipient: Cloud 9 Farm

Janet Shisler Peterson, Cloud 9 Farm Sustainable Sawmilling – $9,000 “This WNC AgOptions project gives me the support for making a business plan with follow through. The grant will enable me to maintain a healthy forest, focus on the sustainability … View >>

2009 Recipient: Wilson Farms

Rayenelle Ritchie, Wilson Farms Greenhouses and Farm Store Expansion – Grant Award: $6,000 “The kids are helping out – they like working in the greenhouse.  And it’s given us a wider customer base. When people come to the farm for … View >>

2009 Recipient: Debra Roberts

Debra Roberts Miss Bee Haven’s Ballard Branch Bee Yard – Grant Award: $3,000 Debra is a fourth-year beekeeper, following a non-chemical natural beekeeping approach. With the award, Debra plans to expand her current bee yard from five hives to ten … View >>

2008 Recipient: Brad Martin

Brad Martin of Buncombe County is developing an 8-acre hay field into the main growing site for his new nursery business, Southeastern Natives. He is constructing a greenhouse, cold frame, shade house and irrigation system.   Buncombe County Contact the … View >>

2006 Recipient: Amy Ager

  Agri-Tourism Amy and Jamie Ager, owners of Spring House Meats, are using the WNC Ag Options grant to diversify their farm by adding a corn maze for agri-tourism and offering educational programming to local youth and student groups in … View >>

2006 Recipient: Joel Mowrey

  Agri-Tourism Joel Mowrey was awarded the WNC Ag Options Grant to help him purchase and construct a 3,000 sq. ft. year-round greenhouse production space in Buncombe County. The Mowrey’s will use the greenhouse for the wholesale and retail production … View >>

2006 Recipient: Justin Dillingham

Justin Dillingham is an 8th generation farmer. Rather than plant tobacco this year, Justin decided to use the WNC Ag Options grant to invest in Kathadin sheep in hopes that this new income opportunity will allow him to farm full-time … View >>