Chris Sawyer, Jake’s Farm

Expansion and Diversification
Grant Award: $8,000

Desiring to lower labor demands and increase profits, Chris has begun to transition away from vegetables and has started producing perennial crops such as figs, small fruits, and medicinal herbs.

Chris plans to use his grant award to refurbish his biggest greenhouse with new plastic and a new high-efficiency heating unit, allowing him to scale up his indoor fruit production. He will also finish out a post-harvest handling space with flooring and insulation and add a dehydrator, which will create a clean room for drying and packaging herbs intended for tea markets.

 

Buncombe County

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