Grant Award: $3,000 — Production of Colored Bell Peppers
Anthony is diversifying his winter squash, livestock and Christmas tree farm with the production of full color bell peppers, which provides cash flow at a time period when other crop enterprises are providing no income. He is purchasing a drip irrigation system, which is crucial for providing consistent and uniform water, fertilization and disease control agents through the lines.
It will also help him meet food safety regulations since he will no longer be using overhead irrigation with potentially impaired water from a nearby stream (which should not directly splash the fruit). Anthony plans to market through Madison Farms and the WNC Farmers Market at Asheville.