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2006 Recipient: Rickey Postell

  In 1993, the Postell’s tobacco barn collapsed from a blizzard; the family could not justify re-building the barn as tobacco prices would not support the reinvestment. Since that time, Rickey has dreamt of using that field to raise Christmas … View >>

2006 Recipient: Robert Reece

Robert and Barbara Reece have grown tobacco in Avery County since 1979. The Reece’s are slowing transitioning out of tobacco as they cut back on production and have been developing and implementing an agri-tourism operation on their farm to supplement … View >>

2006 Recipient: Sara Runkel

  Fruits/Veggies: Lettuce Sara Runkel’s commitment to local food systems continues to inspire her to farm full time in Mitchell County. The WNC Ag Options Grant has allowed Sara to extend the growing season of head lettuce and greens for … View >>

2006 Recipient: Scott Combs

  Crop Diversification The WNC Ag Options Grant has helped Scott transition from Burley tobacco to Irish Potatoes. With the Grant, Scott purchased a potato planter which has helped him greatly reduced labor costs for the farm.   Wautauga County … View >>

2006 Recipient: Scott Paquin

Scott Paquin is an organic farmer in Yancey County; Scott was awarded the WNC Ag Options Grant to increase the diversity of his farming operation. With the grant, Scott will increase season extension and help widen his client base through … View >>

2006 Recipient: Sharon Deyton

Agri-Tourism Johnny and Sharon Deyton have raised burley tobacco for over 40 years. Their interest in preserving their family heritage has inspired them to diversify the farm into agri-tourism. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, the Deyton’s have purchased a … View >>

2006 Recipient: Ted Farmer

Agri-Tourism Ted Farmer was born on the same farm where he currently lives and works raising Fraser Fir Christmas Trees. Ted’s father before him moved to their family farm in Avery County over 90 years ago. Ted’s great interest in … View >>