Charles L. “Butch” Deal, Charles & Pat Deal Farm
High Pressure Boom Sprayer for Vegetables and Fruit
Grant Award: $8,000
A 10th generation farmer whose family has been producing vegetables/tobacco for over 70 years, Mr. Deal will be purchasing a more efficient and modern sprayer to replace an old blast sprayer. As he’ll be transitioning the farm to son in the coming years, he wants his farm to use the most efficient and environmentally friendly method to spray pesticides/fertilizers on the 12 acres in production.
Not only will the new sprayer provide a more efficient use of chemicals, the targeted boom sprayer will reduce the impact of pesticides on the air and prevent drift to neighboring properties. Since the price of fertilizers has been rapidly increasing, a more targeted approach to application methods will save money.
The Deals have established markets and sell via retail (Food City, Hillside Orchard Farms, Deal Family Farm), through a 50 member CSA, and to restaurants, businesses and multiple produce stands throughout WNC.