In February 2014 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 29 farm businesses grants totaling $153,000 to assist in farm diversification and expansion.
Seven of the farm businesses received $3,000 and 22 received $6,000. Projects increase the economic sustainability of farm businesses as well as provide demonstration to other transitioning farmers.
Mission of WNC AgOptions: Building sustainable farming communities in our mountain region by providing resources directly to farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations.
The ultimate goal of WNC AgOptions is to protect mountain farmland by assisting the longevity of farm enterprises and encouraging groups of farmers to solve logistical challenges in the local agricultural system.