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2021 Recipient: Brothers on Farms

Susan Epps Ward, Brothers on Farms Commercial Equipment/Freeze Dry Equipment Grant Award: $6,000 After COVID-19 negatively impacted her agritourism revenue and sales of shiitake mushrooms, lamb and other products to restaurants, Susan decided to expand her product line to include … View >>

2021 Recipient: Raspberry Fields

Stacy Fields, Raspberry Fields Raspberry Fields Kitchen Grant Award: $6,000 To facilitate the growth of her value-added raspberry products and baked goods lines and create infrastructure for agritourism, Stacy will build a 20-foot by 20-foot certified kitchen facility at her … View >>

2021 Recipient: Sweet Betsy Farm

Karen and Ed Speer, Sweet Betsy Farm Season Extension and Irrigation for Specialty Peppers and Vegetables Grant Award: $6,000 To address a lack of availability of plant starts and problems with irrigation, erosion and fungal diseases that have negatively impacted … 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 >>

2019 Recipient: Two Crows Farm

Beverly Woody Ham, Two Crows Farm Product Expansion for Third Quality Fiber Grant Award: $6,000 Two Crows Farm has diversified the application of their least profitable grade of Alpaca fiber to generate marketable products to high-end consumers who focus on … View >>

2018 Recipient: McCall Farm

Mark McCall, McCall Farm Produce POS System Grant Award: $6,000 McCall Farm has purchased and installed a point of sales (POS) system for their farm store. This fully integrated system includes produce scales, a cash register, a credit card processor … View >>

2017 Recipient: Two Crows Farm

Mike and Beverly Woody Ham, Two Crows Farm Agritourism and Retail Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Woody and Mike are enhancing the agritourism element at their 29-acre alpaca farm, offering educational opportunities about fiber farming to the general public and other … View >>

2016 Recipient: Altapass Orchard

Starli McDowell, Altapass Orchard Serving the Good Stuff Lunch Wagon Grant Award: $6,000 Altapass Orchard, a 280-acre historic farm on the Blue Ridge Parkway that provides apple sales, tours, trails and events to the public, has built a food service … View >>

2016 Recipient: Sweet Betsy Farm

Karen and Wade “Ed” Speer, Sweet Betsy Farm Bee Farm Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 Karen and Ed have renovated their on-farm store, The Honey House at Sweet Betsy Farm, located just off US-221, so that they can keep the … View >>

2016 Recipient: Gragg Farms

Bobby Gragg, Gragg Farms BRG Angus Local Grown Meat Production Grant Award: $6,000 Building on a successful 2010 WNC AgOptions project, Bobby has added on-farm sales of BRG Angus with the addition of a walk-in freezer. He can now store … 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 >>