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2021 Recipient: McNeilly Enterprises

Julia Austin, McNeilly Enterprises Enhancing Capacity with Multi-purpose Facility Grant Award: $6,000 The owners of McNeilly Enterprises are constructing a 20-foot by 25-foot multipurpose building and purchasing a commercial honey extractor and other equipment and supplies to facilitate processing and … 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 >>

2020 Recipient: Jeter Mountain Farm

Tyler Hunsader, Jeter Mountain Farm Juice (Cider) Operations Grant Award: $6,000 Jeter Mountain Farm has diversified their farm with the opening of a new 30 acre U-pick apple operation in 2020. From research done the past three years at multiple … View >>

2019 Recipient: Skydance Farm

Danielle Crocker & Jason Willis, “Pick Dee’s Berries” at Skydance Farm Agritourism Infrastructure for “U-Pick” Berry Farm Grant Award: $6,000 To enhance their “U-Pick” berry operation and create a destination agritourism site, Danielle and Jason added needed infrastructure to support … View >>

2018 Recipient: Countryside Berries

Theresa Jaynes, Countryside Berries Muscadine Project Grant Award: $6,000 With the goal of doubling farm sales in two years, Countryside Berries has diversified their u-pick berry farm with the addition of muscadines. This season, they have planted 48 muscadine plants … View >>

2018 Recipient: His Harvest Farms

Dakota Youngblood, His Harvest Farms Irrigation System Grant Award: $4,000 Dakota has added an irrigation system for his current vegetable production and future and future blackberry plantings. He purchased and installed a pump, stainless steel sand filters, piping and drip … View >>

2017 Recipient: Cloud 9 Farm

Janet Peterson, Cloud 9 Farm Small Fruit Irrigation and Raspberry Diversification Grant Award: $3,000 Janet upgraded the irrigation system on her blueberry farm to enhance the health of her berry bushes. She is also adding 200 raspberry plants to diversify … View >>

2016 Recipient: Green Family Tree Farm

Burl Jonathan Greene III, Green Family Tree Farm Farm Diversification Grant Award: $6,000 Burl has diversified his Christmas tree farm with berries and pumpkins to offer products and services year-round. He recently added 20 acres of land, which has 235 … View >>

2015 Recipient: Ten Acre Garden

Danny Barrett, Ten Acre Garden Pick-Your-Own Berry Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Danny has added pick-your-own raspberry and strawberry plants to his existing 10-acre vegetable and fruit farm. He aims to create a unique agri-tourism experience for his customers. “Ideally, each … View >>

2011 Recipient: Mark Conley

Mark Conley Conley Ranch Grant Award: $3,000 — Diversifying to Hops Farming Mark is diversifying his small-scale cattle operation with 450 hop plants to supply area microbreweries and home brewers with a locally grown product to use in beer production. … View >>

2009 Recipient: Van Burnette

Van Burnette Hop and Blueberry Production – Grant Award: $6,000 “Just applying for the grant was the best thing I could have done. I learned so much — the cost, the activities, just narrowing what I wanted to do with … View >>