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2021 Recipient: Pine Row Farm

Jeff and Terri Phillips, Pine Row Farm Farm Store Grant Award: $6,000 Terri and Jeff are approaching retirement and are working to generate an income from their family farm. To meet increasing demand for their farm-raised beef, pork, chicken and … View >>

2021 Recipient: Two Trees Farm

Sara Martin and Dustin Cornelison, Two Trees Farm / Sustainabillies, LLC Livestock Pasture and Barn Grant Award: $3,000 Sara and Dustin plan to install fencing to create a new pasture, buy a livestock guardian animal and build a barn suitable … View >>

2021 Recipient: Brulé Farms LLC

Sébastien Brun, Brulé Farms LLC Tuber Melanosporum or Black Winter Perigord Truffle Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 Leveraging knowledge gleaned from multiple truffle-growing workshops in France, Western North Carolina and both online and in person with the National Truffle Growers Association, … View >>

2021 Recipient: Butterfly Cove Botanicals

Renea Winchester, Butterfly Cove Botanicals Medicinal Herb Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 In the wake of the COVID crisis, many people became first-time gardeners and the demand for seeds skyrocketed. There was also an increased demand for medicinal herbs, particularly elderberry … View >>

2021 Recipient: pleb urban winery

Chris Denesha, pleb urban winery Expanding and Protecting our High Country Vineyards to New Varietals Grant Award: $6,000 Working with a network of farmers, Extension agents and academic researchers, Chris’s goal is to establish western North Carolina as a unique … 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: 3M Livestock

Gregory Miller, 3M Livestock Diversifying to Goats and Sheep Grant Award: $6,000 In order to diversify his cow/calf operation, Greg put up field fencing and removed the barbed wire to introduce goats and sheep to his herd. Since not all … View >>

2018 Recipient: Double 00 Farm

Sophia Annette Ensley, Double 00 Farm Breed Preservation and Increased Production Grant Award: $3,000 Double 00 Farm has increased the size of their Large Black Hogs herd, a threatened breed of foraging hog that produces a micro-marbled meat. Their grant … View >>

2018 Recipient: Pine Row Farm

Jeff C. Phillips, Pine Row Farm Pasture Raised Heritage Hogs Grant Award: $6,000 As hogs are making a comeback in Graham County, Pine Row Farm used their grant to expand their pastured heritage hog operation. By using a rotating pasture … View >>

2017 Recipient: Henry’s Farm

Dwight Clifton Henry, Henry’s Farm Smoky Mountain Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 Dwight added an acre of apple and pear trees to his 37-acre farm, in which he raises cattle, hogs and vegetables. He expects to generate income after the fourth … View >>

2017 Recipient: Franny’s Farm

Frances and Jeff Tacy, Franny’s Farm Rotational Grazing for Sheep/Lamb Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Frances and Jeff have improved their sheep pastures and their rotational grazing system with the addition of permanent fencing and a central lambing shed. Their … View >>

2016 Recipient: Edwards Farm

James Moore Edwards, Edwards Farm Grass-Fed Cattle Grant Award: $6,000 James is diversifying his vegetable operation with grass-fed cattle. He purchased seven calves to pasture on 16 acres. He feeds them on grass until autumn before slaughtering them for sale … View >>

2016 Recipient: Buck’s Tree Farm

Rodney Buchanan, Buck’s Tree Farm Alternative Fraser Fir Transplant Production Method Grant Award: $6,000 Rodney is producing Fraser Fir transplants for his Christmas tree farm, growing them in containers instead of using the traditional lineout bed method to deter root … View >>

2016 Recipient: Chestnut Hill Farm

Tim and Jamie Kelley, Chestnut Hill Farm Grass Forages and Wildlife Preservation Grant Award: $6,000 Tim and Jamie have enhanced their livestock operation by optimizing forage grasses and better managing rotations of cattle, sheep and goats. Improvements have resulted in … View >>