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2011 Recipient: Loretta Ball

Loretta Ball Craggy View Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Farm Stand Loretta is building a farm stand on the Barnardsville Highway in Weaverville. At the retail store, she sells her greenhouse plants as well as locally grown and organic produce, … View >>

2008 Recipient: Harold and Nancy Long

Harold and Nancy Long of the Cherokee Reservation are growing organic and heirloom tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and berries for local restaurants and tailgate markets. Harold has grown vegetables using traditional Cherokee methods since 1962. They prefer heirloom varieties so that … View >>

2008 Recipient: Micheal Creason

Mike has a great appreciation for his grandfather and father who have farmed all their lives, and he wants to follow in their footsteps. He also hopes the income from his business will provide savings for his children’s education. Mike … View >>

2006 Recipient: Joe Brittain

The Brittain Family farm has been farmed for four generations. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, the Brittain’s will raise pastured heritage breed turkeys, and they will start prepping their land for organic blueberry production. The Brittain’s hope that this … View >>

2006 Recipient: Scott Paquin

Scott Paquin is an organic farmer in Yancey County; Scott was awarded the WNC Ag Options Grant to increase the diversity of his farming operation. With the grant, Scott will increase season extension and help widen his client base through … View >>

2005 Farm: Burson’s Corner Farm

  Burson’s Corner Farm is owned and operated by Scott and Colleen Burson. The Burson’s farm serves the Atlanta and Asheville metropolitan areas with organic vegetable starts, flowers, herbs, nursery plants and handmade soaps and lotions. The diversified farm is … View >>

2004 Farm: Anthony Owens

  A. Owens has inherited his family’s apple orchard and has grown apples for the past 14 years. With the grant money Anthony will purchase organic chemicals, packing supplies and digital weather station to increase the production and quality of … View >>

2004 Farm: Donald Smart

  D. Smart has grown up to 50 acres of tobacco in the past eight years. He is growing 2 acres of organic vegetables on his farm in 2004 and will use his 2,500 grant to cover start up expenses … View >>

2004 Farm: Elbert Roberts

  Elbert Roberts has been growing approximately 72 acres of tobacco since 1980. He is transitioning to organic vegetable production with the support of his local Extension agent and with support from this grant. Expected income from new vegetable production … View >>

2004 Farm: Jena Roberts

  Jena is preparing to expand into the retail market with her organic vegetable production to become more economically sustainable in the future. Expected income totals $16,300 in next 2 years. J. Roberts is developing a new relationship with her … View >>

2004 Farm: John Jenkins

  After spending most of his life farming tobacco, John Jenkins is ready to “plow new fields.” With help from his county extension agent and this grant, John is looking to break into the organic and native plants market by … View >>

2004 Farm: Robert Pierce

  Rob came to us with the proposal to utilize a two-acre parcel of land that is potentially suitable for organic vegetables. Rob’s goal was to eliminate conventional tillage and erosion, reduce undesirable chemical residue and run-off, and raise produce … View >>