Ronnie and Kathy James
Grant Award: $9,000
Ronnie is purchasing a polyplanter seeder for his cucumber operation, which will allow him to plant seeds into fields covered with plastic mulch and save time usually spent hand-planting. Without the seeder, he would not be able to increase acreage of cucumbers.
Ronnie sells to a local packing house, which participates in the “Buy Haywood” program. He and his wife Kathy are also considering starting a Community Supported Agriculture venture to market a variety of vegetables.