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2021 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Bakery and Apple Cider Donut Maker Grant Award: $6,000 Tracy and Todd will build a bakery equipped with a new doughnut maker to create fresh apple-cider doughnuts from the 60 acres of apples … View >>

2021 Recipient: Pressley Farms

Adam Pressley, Pressley Farms Strawberry Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 The Pressley family started growing strawberries in 2015 with 500 plugs, ramping up their crop to about 3,500 plants on 0.17 acres by 2019. For the 2021-2022 season, they have … View >>

2021 Recipient: Raspberry Fields

Stacy Fields, Raspberry Fields Raspberry Fields Kitchen Grant Award: $6,000 To facilitate the growth of her value-added raspberry products and baked goods lines and create infrastructure for agritourism, Stacy will build a 20-foot by 20-foot certified kitchen facility at her … View >>

2020 Recipient: Rhodes Berry Farm

Dalton Rhodes, Rhodes Berry Farm Make Blackberries Local Again Grant Award: $6,000 Currently, Rhodes Berry Farm sells their entire product to a national broker who markets in the midwest and northeast of the US. Research has shown that the farm … View >>

2020 Recipient: Jeter Mountain Farm

Tyler Hunsader, Jeter Mountain Farm Juice (Cider) Operations Grant Award: $6,000 Jeter Mountain Farm has diversified their farm with the opening of a new 30 acre U-pick apple operation in 2020. From research done the past three years at multiple … View >>

2020 Recipient: Edmundson Produce Farm

Randy and Carolyn Edmundson, Edmundson Produce Farm Value-added Acidified Food Kitchen Grant Award: $6,000 Based on years of feedback from customers wanting to enjoy the Edmundson’s produce year round, Edmundson Produce Farm has added a permanent value-added acidified food kitchen … View >>

2019 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Enclosure for Apple-Packing Line Grant Award: $6,000 In response to the recent rapid growth of their business, 60-acre Holt Orchards has added a packing line to their apple operation. A 2017 AgOptions grant … View >>

2019 Recipient: McConnell Farms

Danny McConnell, McConnell Farms Custom Labeling Project Grant Award: $6,000 In addition to selling fresh fruits and vegetables, McConnell Farms, an established diversified family farm, offers a wide range of value-added products including ice creams, jams, preserves, fruit butters, acetified … View >>

2018 Recipient: His Harvest Farms

Dakota Youngblood, His Harvest Farms Irrigation System Grant Award: $4,000 Dakota has added an irrigation system for his current vegetable production and future and future blackberry plantings. He purchased and installed a pump, stainless steel sand filters, piping and drip … View >>

2017 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Retail Cooling Shed Grant Award: $6,000 Tracy and Todd, a brother/sister team, improved their apple orchard with the addition of a stand-alone cooling shed for bushels. The shed extends the availability of their … View >>

2017 Recipient: Fields of Gold

Lisa Black, Fields of Gold proGoat Milk Dairy Equipment for Goat Gelatoject Grant Award: $6,000 Lisa has expanded her current goat milk dairy and artisan gelato business with the goal of becoming the leading organic Grade A dairy and gourmet … View >>

2016 Recipient: Edmundson Produce Farm

  Randy and Carolyn are doubling their seedling production with the construction of a new greenhouse.They are building a 20-foot by 60-foot greenhouse and installing heat, fans, and an 8-foot by 8-foot germination chamber. This project allows them to produce … View >>

2015 Recipient: Hoopers Creek Botanicals

Wallace E. Souther III, Hoopers Creek Botanicals Plants Production Upgrade Grant Award: $6,000 Wallace has boosted Hoopers Creek Botanicals’ production capacity by securing a dependable water source and planting more seeds and transplants. A large expense of the project was … View >>

2014 Recipient: North River Farms

  Jason is restoring a generations-old family tradition of sorghum molasses-making, further diversifying his vegetable operation and enhancing agritourism opportunities on the farm. In addition to growing the sorghum, he has built a building dedicated to the production of molasses … View >>

2014 Recipient: Edney Farms

Jason Edney, Edney Farms Packing Facility Upgrade Grant Award: $6,000 Jason is completing a Food Safety Certified facility, adding a concrete pad to his metal packing shed (future site of the packing shed, photo left). In compliance with Good Agricultural … View >>