In February 2024 the WNC Agricultural Options program awarded 29 farm businesses a total of $236,000 in grants to assist in farm diversification and expansion.

One of the farm businesses received $4,000 and 28 received $8,000. The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is the financial supporter of WNC AgOptions; which aims to build sustainable farming communities in the mountain region by providing resources directly to farmers.

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County — Award; Farm; Project Name

Agritourism

Caldwell — Grant Award: $4,000; DC Farms, Blueberry Development

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee Sweet Bee Farm, Honey House Improvements

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards, LLC, Bakery Addition

 

Apples

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards, LLC, Bakery Addition

 

Bakery

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards, LLC, Bakery Addition

 

Bees & Honey

Clay — Grant Award: $8,000; D & M Russian Apiaries, Automated Honey Bottling

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee Sweet Bee Farm, Honey House Improvements

Graham — Grant Award: $8,000; Wehrloom Honey, Honey Soda Expansion

Swain — Grant Award: $8,000; Dogwood Farm of Whittier LLC, Infrastructure Improvements

Transylvania — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee. honey + hive, Honey Bottling Tanks for Increased Capacity

 

Berries

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Duckett Farms, Berries and Beef

Caldwell — Grant Award: $4,000; DC Farms, Blueberry Development

 

Building

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Bartlett Farms, Fence Line Feeding System

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Grogan Livestock, Multipurpose Shed

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Good Wheel Farm, Packing Shed for Poultry Processing

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee Sweet Bee Farm, Honey House Improvements

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards, LLC, Bakery Addition

 

Cattle/Beef

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Bartlett Farms, Fence Line Feeding System

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Duckett Farms, Berries and Beef

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Grogan Livestock, Multipurpose Shed

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; South Mountain Limousin Cattle Co./Homestead Poultry Farm, Cattle Grazing, Handling, and Erosion Project

Haywood — Grant Award: $8,000; Smart’s Farm, Cattle Feeder Wagons

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Nowhere Branch Farm, Vermiculture Project

Watauga — Grant Award: $8,000; Shipley Farms, Livestock Handling Equipment

 

Chickens

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Good Wheel Farm, Packing Shed for Poultry Processing

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; May’s Menagerie, LLC, House of Huevos – Laying Hen Expansion

McDowell — Grant Award: $8,000; Wild East Farm, On-site Poultry Processing Facility Improvement

 

Compost

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Nowhere Branch Farm, Vermiculture Project

 

Corn

Macon — Grant Award: $8,000; Clint Cabe, Corn Storage and Processing

 

Diversification

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Duckett Farms, Berries and Beef

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Grogan Livestock, Multipurpose Shed

Caldwell — Grant Award: $4,000; DC Farms, Blueberry Development

 

Eggs

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; May’s Menagerie, LLC, House of Huevos – Laying Hen Expansion

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Sugar Hollow Farm, Refrigeration and Freezers for Growth

 

Equipment/Supplies

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Bartlett Farms, Fence Line Feeding System

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Duckett Farms, Berries and Beef

Burke — Grant Award: $8,000; 5 Loaves 2 Fish Farm, Walk-in Refrigerator/Wash Station Unit

Caldwell — Grant Award: $4,000; DC Farms, Blueberry Development

Cherokee — Grant Award: $8,000; Harpp Flower Farm, Floral Cooler

Clay — Grant Award: $8,000; D & M Russian Apiaries, Automated Honey Bottling

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee Sweet Bee Farm, Honey House Improvements

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Rhodesdale Farm, Sheep Handling Facility Improvements

Graham — Grant Award: $8,000; Wehrloom Honey, Honey Soda Expansion

Haywood — Grant Award: $8,000; Smart’s Farm, Cattle Feeder Wagons

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; Carolina Truffieres, LLC, Improved Truffle Yield through Equipment Adaptation

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards, LLC, Bakery Addition

Jackson — Grant Award: $8,000; East Sylva Flower Farm, Mobile Floral Cooler

Macon — Grant Award: $8,000; Clint Cabe, Corn Storage and Processing

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Nowhere Branch Farm, Vermiculture Project

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Sugar Hollow Farm, Refrigeration and Freezers for Growth

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Tanager Plants LLC, Nursery Infrastructure Expansion

McDowell — Grant Award: $8,000; Wild East Farm, On-site Poultry Processing Facility Improvement

Mitchell — Grant Award: $8,000; Patch Work Farms, Establishing Patch Work Farms

Swain — Grant Award: $8,000; Dogwood Farm of Whittier LLC, Infrastructure Improvements

Transylvania — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee. honey + hive, Honey Bottling Tanks for Increased Capacity

Watauga — Grant Award: $8,000; Shipley Farms, Livestock Handling Equipment

 

Expansion

Graham — Grant Award: $8,000; Wehrloom Honey, Honey Soda Expansion

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards, LLC, Bakery Addition

Macon — Grant Award: $8,000; Clint Cabe, Corn Storage and Processing

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Tanager Plants LLC, Nursery Infrastructure Expansion

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; May’s Menagerie, LLC, House of Huevos – Laying Hen Expansion

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Nowhere Branch Farm, Vermiculture Project

Rutherford — Grant Award: $8,000; Brentwood Farm, Farm Store Freezers and Coolers

 

Farm Stand/Store

Rutherford — Grant Award: $8,000; Brentwood Farm, Farm Store Freezers and Coolers

 

Fencing

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Bartlett Farms, Fence Line Feeding System

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Rhodesdale Farm, Sheep Handling Facility Improvements

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; South Mountain Limousin Cattle Co./Homestead Poultry Farm, Cattle Grazing, Handling, and Erosion Project

 

Flowers

Cherokee — Grant Award: $8,000; Harpp Flower Farm, Floral Cooler

Jackson — Grant Award: $8,000; East Sylva Flower Farm, Mobile Floral Cooler

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Tanager Plants LLC, Nursery Infrastructure Expansion

Polk — Grant Award: $8,000; Paint Horse Flower Farm, Walk-in Floral Cooler

 

Irrigation

Caldwell — Grant Award: $4,000; DC Farms, Blueberry Development

 

Land Improvements

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; South Mountain Limousin Cattle Co./Homestead Poultry Farm, Cattle Grazing, Handling, and Erosion Project

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; Carolina Truffieres, LLC, Improved Truffle Yield through Equipment Adaptation

Yancey — Grant Award: $8,000; Seven Seeds Farm, Improved Soil and Increased Production

 

Livestock

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Grogan Livestock, Multipurpose Shed

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Rhodesdale Farm, Sheep Handling Facility Improvements

Watauga — Grant Award: $8,000; Shipley Farms, Livestock Handling Equipment

 

Marketing

Graham — Grant Award: $8,000; Wehrloom Honey, Honey Soda Expansion

 

Nursery

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Tanager Plants LLC, Nursery Infrastructure Expansion

 

Processing/Production

Buncombe — Grant Award: $8,000; Good Wheel Farm, Packing Shed for Poultry Processing

Burke — Grant Award: $8,000; 5 Loaves 2 Fish Farm, Walk-in Refrigerator/Wash Station Unit

Clay — Grant Award: $8,000; D & M Russian Apiaries, Automated Honey Bottling

McDowell — Grant Award: $8,000; Wild East Farm, On-site Poultry Processing Facility Improvement

Swain — Grant Award: $8,000; Dogwood Farm of Whittier LLC, Infrastructure Improvements

Transylvania — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee. honey + hive, Honey Bottling Tanks for Increased Capacity

Yancey — Grant Award: $8,000; Seven Seeds Farm, Improved Soil and Increased Production

 

Refrigerators/Coolers

Burke — Grant Award: $8,000; 5 Loaves 2 Fish Farm, Walk-in Refrigerator/Wash Station Unit

Cherokee — Grant Award: $8,000; Harpp Flower Farm, Floral Cooler

Jackson — Grant Award: $8,000; East Sylva Flower Farm, Mobile Floral Cooler

Madison — Grant Award: $8,000; Sugar Hollow Farm, Refrigeration and Freezers for Growth

Polk — Grant Award: $8,000; Paint Horse Flower Farm, Walk-in Floral Cooler

Rutherford — Grant Award: $8,000; Brentwood Farm, Farm Store Freezers and Coolers

 

Retail & Sales

Cleveland — Grant Award: $8,000; Bee Sweet Bee Farm, Honey House Improvements

Rutherford — Grant Award: $8,000; Brentwood Farm, Farm Store Freezers and Coolers

 

Truffles

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; Carolina Truffieres, LLC, Improved Truffle Yield through Equipment Adaptation

 

U-Pick

Caldwell — Grant Award: $4,000; DC Farms, Blueberry Development

 

Value-Added

Graham — Grant Award: $8,000; Wehrloom Honey, Honey Soda Expansion

Henderson — Grant Award: $8,000; J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards, LLC, Bakery Addition

 

Vegetables

Burke — Grant Award: $8,000; 5 Loaves 2 Fish Farm, Walk-in Refrigerator/Wash Station Unit

Mitchell — Grant Award: $8,000; Patch Work Farms, Establishing Patch Work Farms