Maxine Hodges, Blossom Ridge Orchard

Apple, Berry, and Flower Irrigation System
Grant Award: $8,000

Maxine, her son and daughter-in-law will add blackberries, raspberries, and a high-density apple orchard to diversify their current beef cattle operation. In the spring of 2023 they planted ¾ acre of berries and used their AgOptions grant to pay for a water pump and drip irrigation system. During the remainder of 2023, they extended the irrigation system to the future 4-acre apple orchard location.

While the berry crops are being established, the Hodges will plant flowers on ¼ acre to draw customers and establish their U-pick operation. Their existing farm store on the same property has an established customer base and their reputation in the community will facilitate the addition of this agritourism enterprise.

 

Buncombe County

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