$2,500 — Vegetables, Fruit Trees, Goats, Cattle, Lambs
“This grant will diversify our farm and give the farm a better chance to thrive in the competitive agricultural economy.” ~ Thomas Ruff
Thomas Ruff and his wife Jamie have raised tobacco to support their family and pay for the family farm. This young family is working to transition from the lose of tobacco income by planting vegetables and small fruit trees in addition to raising meat goats, angus cattle and lambs.
Expected income from vegetable sales supported through grant is $2,212.
With the support of their NC Cooperative Extension agent, the Ruff family will transition into the new economic conditions with production and marketing plans.