Kevin & Jessica Duckett, Duckett Farms

Berries and Beef
Grant Award: $8,000

As Kevin and Jessica work on farm transition to a new generation, they seek to grow perennial crops that will diversify their beef cattle business and sustain their farm business into the future.

After a section of their wine grape vineyard failed due to pests, diseases, and unintentional herbicide drift, they have decided to replace it with cane berries, which will require fewer inputs to produce a saleable product. The berries will also produce a quicker return on investment than the grapes.

They will use their grant to pay for materials and equipment to prepare and plant the new orchard, including cover crop seeds, an irrigation system, pesticides, mulch and fertilizer, and berry plants.

 

Buncombe County

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