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2021 Recipient: Saturnia Farm

Sarah Coury and Ben Pick, Saturnia Farm Nursery, Flower & Farm Goods Delivery Service Grant Award: $6,000 In spring of 2020 as the COVID-19 crisis was unfolding, Saturnia Farm started a plant delivery service between Waynesville and Asheville. An immediate … View >>

2021 Recipient: Ray’s Florist & Greenhouse

Ray Nations, Ray’s Florist & Greenhouse Posey Patch Flower Farm Grant Award: $6,000 Ray plans to grow his established florist, garden center and greenhouse business by adding a cut-flower operation and expanding his current mist-propagation system for vegetable transplants and … View >>

2021 Recipient: The Flower Company

Daniel and Lori Cabe, The Flower Company Walk-in Flower Cooler Grant Award: $6,000 For their cut-flower farm and florist business, Daniel and Lori will purchase a 12-foot by 9-foot by 14-foot, four-door, walk-in flower cooler with glass reach-in doors for … View >>

2020 Recipient: Causby Greenhouse

Jerry W. Causby, Causby Greenhouse Greenhouse Improvements Grant Award: $6,000 Once a thriving greenhouse business and an important part of the community, production at Causby Greenhouse has decreased over the past years. In order to increase production of vegetables and … View >>

2020 Recipient: The Flower Company

Daniel and Lori Cabe, The Flower Company Dahlia Flower Plugs and Soil Amendments Grant Award: $6,000 Since 1997, Daniel and Lori have operated The Flower Company Farmer and Florist in Otto, NC. This full-service florist specializes in local grown specialty … View >>

2020 Recipient: Flourish Flower Farm

Niki Irving, Flourish Flower Farm Walk-in Floral Cooler Grant Award: $6,000 Niki has installed a much-needed professional walk-in floral cooler. Refrigeration is one of the most important aspects of running a high quality floral business. With the new larger walk-in … View >>

2020 Recipient: Springhouse Farm

Amy Fiedler, Springhouse Farm Permanent Bed System/Cut Flower Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 To diversify the farm and create a more profitable revenue stream, Amy added cut flowers to her operation in 2017. After two years of successful growing and … View >>

2019 Recipient: Carolina Flowers

Emily Copus, Carolina Flowers Dahlia Crop Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Emily has significantly expanded her dahlia crop that supplies florists in Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, as well as local markets, weddings and special events. The grant was used to purchase tubers … View >>

2017 Recipient: Paper Crane Farm

Joe Evans, Paper Crane Farm Crop Diversification: Specialty Cut Flowers Grant Award: $6,000 Joe has diversified his successful five-acre vegetable farm with the addition of a half-acre of cut flowers. To achieve this level of production, he has increased the … View >>

2014 Recipient: South Valley Nursery

  Tyler is constructing a 60-foot by 26-foot greenhouse to grow out micropropagated plants for sale. He is expanding upon his successful 2013 WNC AgOptions project for which he used tissue culture to propagate rare and endangered native species and … View >>

2011 Recipient: Frank Teneralli

Frank Teneralli Let It Grow Organic Gardens Grant Award: $3,000 — Blackberry Production to Diversify Farm Income Frank is adding a half an acre of blackberries to his vegetable and landscaping plants operation. In between the rows, he is planting … View >>

2009 Recipient: Harvest Moon Gardens

Marsha Crites, Harvest Moon Gardens Herbs and Perennials – Grant Award: $6,000 Marsha has been in the nursery business for nearly 20 years, and now operates a day retreat for local businesses and non-profits. For the WNC AgOptions project, she … View >>

2009 Recipient: Crooked Creek Farms

Meredith Leigh McKissick, Crooked Creek Farms A Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability Grant Award: $6,000 Since 2003, Meredith has produced diversified vegetables for tailgate markets, and she is currently growing her cut flower and pasture-raised beef cattle business. She … View >>