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2021 Recipient: Dugan Farms

John Dugan and David Anderson, Dugan Farms Food Safety Produce Packing Shed Grant Award: $6,000 Dugan Farms currently has no way to meet GAP and other food-safety requirements and there are no packing and washing sheds available to farmers on … View >>

2021 Recipient: Our Friendly Allies

Kelsey Green, Our Friendly Allies Greenhouse Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Kelsey started Our Friendly Allies five years ago and has now reached capacity on her two 20-foot by 20-foot greenhouses, which are used to propagate plugs for her ½-acre production … View >>

2020 Recipient: Mardet Family Farms

Linda Laine, Mardet Family Farm LLC Infrastructure for Vegetable Production Grant Award: $6,000 Linda added critical irrigation infrastructure to her farm, which consists of two separate parcels of land totaling 23 acres. Previously, a one-acre parcel had a well, but … View >>

2020 Recipient: The Chef’s Farmer

James Swofford, The Chef’s Farmer Old North Farm Grant Award: $6,000 Having operated a successful farming business since 2012, James grows one acre of specialty ingredients for chefs and supplies boutique heirloom produce, culinary herbs, edible flowers and foraged ingredients … View >>

2020 Recipient: Dugan Farms

John Dugan and David Anderson, Dugan Farms Soil Spader for Sustainable Management and Soil Health Grant Award: $6,000 Dugan Farms purchased a soil spader to assist with soil cultivation on their 15-acre farm. With the addition of the soil spader … View >>

2020 Recipient: Ivy Creek Family Farm

Paul & Anna Littman, Ivy Creek Family Farm Caterpillar Tunnels Grant Award: $6,000 After many years of successful growing in permanent hoop houses, the Littmans experienced mineral and salt build up in their hoop house soils, which required remediation. 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 >>

2020 Recipient: High Country Herbs

Heather Bryant and Kris Gupton, High Country Herbs Greenhouse and Transplanter Upgrades Grant Award: $6,000 Building on their successful 2019 AgOptions grant project, High Country Herbs upgraded their greenhouse and purchased a transplanter.  With their past grant, Heather and Kris … 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 >>

2020 Recipient: Full Moon Farm

Kara Dodson and Jacob Crigler, Full Moon Farm Greenhouse for Crop Propagation Grant Award: $6,000 Motivated by the success of their 2019 grant, Full Moon Farm has added a dedicated greenhouse for the propagation of all crops from seed. Until … View >>

2020 Recipient: Mountainwise Farm

Casy Jordaan, Mountainwise Farm Caterpillar Tunnels for Vegetable Production and Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 Mountainwise Farm has added multiple additional caterpillar tunnels to their primary garden plot for the use of season extension, pest/disease control and environmental control. In … View >>

2019 Recipient: Tucker Hollow Farms

Grady “Bob” Johnson, Jr., Tucker Hollow Farms Bedding and Propagating Greenhouse Grant Award: $6,000 Bob Johnson has added a dedicated bedding and propagation greenhouse to his existing operation. The new greenhouse is allowing his farm to extend the growing season … View >>

2019 Recipient: Dugan Farms

John Dugan and David Anderson, Dugan Farms Mechanical Cultivation for Sustainable Weed Management Grant Award: $6,000 John and David purchased a mechanical cultivator to assist in weed management on their 10-acre vegetable farm. The two-person operation used to manage weeds … View >>