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2020 Recipient: Mardet Family Farms

Linda Laine, Mardet Family Farm LLC Infrastructure for Vegetable Production Grant Award: $6,000 Linda will be adding critical irrigation infrastructure to her farm, which consists of two separate parcels of land totaling 23 acres. Currently, a one-acre parcel has a … 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 will purchase a soil spader to assist with soil cultivation on their 15-acre farm. With the addition of the soil … 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 are experiencing mineral and salt build up in their hoop house soils, which require remediation. … 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 … View >>

2020 Recipient: High Country Herbs

Heather Bryant and Kris Gupton, High Country Herbs Greenhouse and Transplanter Upgrades Grant Award: $6,000 High Country Herbs will build on their successful 2019 AgOptions grant project by upgrading their greenhouse and purchasing a transplanter.  With their past grant, Heather … 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 will be adding a permanent value-added acidified food … 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 is adding 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 will be adding multiple additional caterpillar tunnels to their primary garden plot for the use of season extension, pest/disease control and environmental control. … 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 >>

2019 Recipient: Dollar Down Farm

Barry L. Bingham, Dollar Down Farm Growing Under Sliding Thunder Grant Award: $6,000 Barry has added a movable high tunnel to his operation in order to extend his growing season, double his inside growing area, and increase his capacity to … View >>

2019 Recipient: High Country Herbs

Heather and Kris Gupton, High Country Herbs Farm Mechanization Grant Award: $6,000 To increase production and reduce labor costs, the Guptons have transitioned to mechanized farm production and adding a Caterpillar Tunnel to their 4-acre operation. They had previously done … 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 >>