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2015 Recipient: Wards Farm

Brent Ward, Wards Farm Cattle Handling System Grant Award: $3,000 Brent is improving the safety and efficiency of his cattle farm by adding a handling system, including a covered and fenced separation area. This dedicated space allows Brent to better … View >>

2015 Recipient: Sh-Nanny-Gans

Shannonrae and Rickie Mathes, Sh-Nanny-Gans Targeted and Rotational Grazing for Goats Grant Award: $6,000 Shannonrae and Rickie are transitioning 58 acres of Fraser Firs into pasture for Boer meat goats, currently in 19 acres. The goats are rented to landowners … View >>

2015 Recipient: 4 L Livestock

Jim Ledford, 4 L Livestock Transition to Managed-Intensive Grazing Grant Award: $6,000 Jim is transitioning his cattle operation to year-round Managed-Intensive Grazing, the next step in becoming a profitable and sustainable business. He is purchasing and installing a fencing system, … View >>

2015 Recipient: Still Hill Dressage

Natalya Gryson, Still Hill Dressage Expanding Horse Sales Using Management-Intensive Grazing Grant Award: $6,000   Natalya is increasing profitability of her venture to train and sell horses by transitioning to Management-Intensive Grazing. Moving her horses out of the barn and … View >>

2014 Recipient: Goldfinch Gardens

  Cedar and Ben are diversifying their vegetable enterprise with the addition of meat sheep. They have purchased 12 ewes and will purchase one ram and begin breeding in late summer. They are constructing a secure shed and paddocks for … View >>

2014 Recipient: Ruff B Farm

Chauncey Barber, Ruff B Farm Barber Boys’ Beef Grant Award: $3,000 Responding to an untapped market for freezer beef in Polk County, Chauncey is developing a portion of his existing hay and cattle farm to better accommodate steers and heifers. … View >>

2014 Recipient: Warren Cabe

Warren is increasing the number of calves for market with the purchase of electrical fencing for pasture management as well as materials for improved livestock handling. He is dividing nine acres into paddocks to permit controlled grazing and hence improve … View >>

2014 Recipient: Tater Hill Farm

Linda and her brother Terry Moffitt have expanded their sugar snap pea crop, added 100 blueberry bushes and constructed protective fencing around three fields to safeguard their high value crops from wildlife damage. They sell directly off the farm, at … View >>

2013 Recipient: Dancing Doe Farm

Julie Teneralli, Dancing Doe Farm Heritage Hog Production Grant Award: $6,000 Julie is adding heritage hogs to her operation, which has been a small vegetable farm and plant nursery since 2002. She is purchasing six piglets—Large Black and the Gloucester … View >>

2012 Recipient: GOat GREEN farm

Ryan Norris, GOat GREEN Farm Goat Leasing and Meat Grant Award: $6,000 Ryan is establishing permanent fencing at his farm, where he raises meat goats that are rented to landowners to control unwanted brush. The additional eight acres for grazing … View >>

2011 Recipient: Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts Horse Collar Farm Grant Award: $3,000 — Value Added Cattle Shannon is increasing the value of his cattle by preconditioning the animals prior to sale. All of the calves are weaned, vaccinated and fed a minimum 5 pounds … View >>

2008 Recipient: Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones of Clay County is growing his goat operation by building shelter, constructing fencing and renovating pasture. The land in Fires Creek where he farms has been in his family’s hands for four generations, and now he resides there … View >>

2008 Recipient: Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller of Swain County is raising rare heritage breeds of hogs to sell naturally grown pork. He is renovating his barn, fencing and pasture with the grant. The costs involved in construction would have prohibited him from starting the … View >>