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2020 Recipient: Mardet Family Farms

Linda Laine, Mardet Family Farm LLC Infrastructure for Vegetable Production Grant Award: $6,000 Linda will be adding critical irrigation infrastructure to her farm, which consists of two separate parcels of land totaling 23 acres. Currently, a one-acre parcel has a … View >>

2020 Recipient: Colfax Creek Farm

Nicole and Aaron Bradley, Colfax Creek Farm Walk-in Freezer Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 With the help of a 2017 AgOptions grant, Colfax Creek Farm has been very successful in the past few years and has expanded to supply eight restaurants, … View >>

2020 Recipient: Pine Row Farm

Jeff C. Phillips, Pine Row Farm Farm Store Grant Award: $6,000 With the help of a 2018 WNC AgOptions grant to boost their heritage hog operation, the Phillips were able to successfully expand their pork products. Since demand for their … View >>

2019 Recipient: Dry Ridge Farm

Wendy and Graham Brugh, Dry Ridge Farm Laying Hen Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Wendy and Graham have expanded their egg production to include wholesale markets in Asheville. They increased their laying flock to 2,000 birds, which allows them to respond … 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 >>

2016 Recipient: Cosmo Farm

Allen Frost, Cosmo Farm Poultry Processing Building Grant Award: $6,000 Allen has constructed a dedicated poultry processing building to expand his non-GMO pasture-raised broiler operation. With the new building, he can process more birds in less time and during inclement … 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: Reeves Home Place

Robin Reeves Singleton, Reeves Home Place Farm WhiskeyPigs Branded Meat Grant Award: $6,000 Robin is developing a brand called “WhiskyPigs,” antibiotic and hormone-free meat from free-range animals that are fed whiskey mash from Troy & Sons at the Asheville Distilling … View >>

2014 Recipient: Stockbridge Farms

Zack and Jen have added cold storage units to their pastured poultry operation, which they expect will double farm revenue. They are maximizing batch sizes and can now afford to travel from Andrews to the Foothills Pilot Plant in Marion. … View >>

2013 Recipient: 4 Sons Farm

Rick and Amanda Walker, 4 Sons Farm On-Farm Poultry Processing Facility Grant Award: $6,000 The Walkers are adding an on-site poultry processing facility to their farm, with the goal of producing 450 broilers, 450 fryers and 75 turkeys in 2013, … View >>

2013 Recipient: Calee’s Coops

Michael and Casey Lance, Calee’s Coops Diversification Project: On-Farm Feed Grant Award: $6,000 The Lances are purchasing three-ton grain bins for on-farm storage of bulk feed, reducing transportation costs of buying 50 pound bags from a hardware store to feed … View >>

2012 Recipient: Lambert Farms

Danny and Krista Lambert Lambert Farms Grant Award: $6,000 — Grass-fed Beef Managed Intensive Grazing and Pastured Poultry Processing Danny and Krista are improving their grass-fed beef grazing system by adding the ability to overseed pastures. By maximizing intensive management … View >>

2012 Recipient: Mackey Farms

Dewain Mackey Mackey Farms Grant Award: $6,000 — Meat Processing and Storage Facility Dewain is constructing an on-site meat processing and storage facility to better meet customer demand for pork, chickens, rabbits and turkeys. He can safely and sanitarily process … View >>

2011 Recipient: Amos & Kaci Nidiffer

Amos & Kaci Nidiffer Trosly Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Value-Added Poultry Processing Equipment The Nidiffers are building a permanent processing building to expand their poultry operation and double their production. With the addition, they will meet the state requirements … View >>

2011 Recipient: Thomas E. Shepherd, Jr.

Thomas E. Shepherd, Jr. Headwaters of Poverty Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Specialty Poultry Thomas is raising and processing specialty poultry, focusing on poussins, three-week-old chickens. With the purchase of a brooder, grow-off pens and processing equipment, he is raising … View >>