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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: 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: KT’s Orchard and Apiary

KT, KT’s Orchard and Apiary Apple Sorting and Packing Project: Upgrading Farm Efficiency Grant Award: $6,000 Having already purchased a used apple sorter from a neighboring county’s N.C. Cooperative Extension Center, KT will be converting an existing barn into an … View >>

2021 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Bakery and Apple Cider Donut Maker Grant Award: $6,000 Tracy and Todd will build a bakery equipped with a new doughnut maker to create fresh apple-cider doughnuts from the 60 acres of apples … 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: Johnson Family Farm

Tiffany Hudgins, Johnson Family Farm Preparing for Future Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 With the goal of turning her family’s four-year-old. part-time farming and value-added foods operation into a full-time business, Tiffany plans to increase marketing efforts and expand vegetable production … 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 >>

2020 Recipient: Moral Bees

Michelle Mejia, Moral Bees The Local Honey Bee Project Grant Award: $6,000 Michelle’s grant let her expand queen production, honey, bee products and bee colonies to consumers and other beekeepers. Michelle has developed an innovative system to overwinter locally bred … View >>

2020 Recipient: Edmundson Produce Farm

Randy and Carolyn Edmundson, Edmundson Produce Farm Value-added Acidified Food Kitchen Grant Award: $6,000 Based on years of feedback from customers wanting to enjoy the Edmundson’s produce year round, Edmundson Produce Farm has added a permanent value-added acidified food kitchen … View >>

2019 Recipient: McConnell Farms

Danny McConnell, McConnell Farms Custom Labeling Project Grant Award: $6,000 In addition to selling fresh fruits and vegetables, McConnell Farms, an established diversified family farm, offers a wide range of value-added products including ice creams, jams, preserves, fruit butters, acetified … View >>

2019 Recipient: Mountain Harvest Organics

Carl Evans and Julie Mansfield, Mountain Harvest Organics Pizza Farm Agritoursim Grant Award: $6,000 Carl and Julie are in the process of transitioning their current successful farming operation from being focused on crop production to producing value-added products and services. … View >>

2019 Recipient: Pink Boots Farm

John Pearson, Pink Boot Farms Goat Barn Renovation/Milking Operation Grant Award: $6,000 John and Lynn Pearson’s farm project is to add goat milk, butter, and aged goat cheese production to the farm. To accomplish this goal, they renovated a 150 … View >>

2017 Recipient: Wehrloom Honey

Jessica Wehr, Wehrloom Honey Mead Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Jessica and Aron have added a meadery to the Wehrloom Honey Retail Store and Educational Center in Robbinsville. While making wine out of honey is unique in itself, they also have … View >>