Exclusively funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

2009 Recipient: Tim Kelley

Tim Kelley Herd Performance Improvement – Grant Award: $6,000 “It is going to give us a lot more opportunity — being able to weigh and measure, figure out who’s producing the most, and share that weighing system with other farmers … View >>

2009 Recipient: Terry Rogers

Terry Rogers Arrowood Tree Farm – Grant Award: $3,000 Terry has farmed corn and hay since 1949, and planted one acre of tobacco until 2002. With his award, he will remove pest-destroyed hemlocks from a 125-acre portion of his property, … View >>

2009 Recipient: Skipper Russell

Skipper Russell Romaine Lettuce/Refrigerated Box Truck – Grant Award: $6,000 “The grant has made what I’m doing possible. It opened up new marketing possibilities for all of us Haywood farmers by enhancing food safety and shelf life.” ~ Skipper Russell … View >>

2009 Recipient: Deerwood Nursery

Rick & Karen Jordan, Deerwood Nursery Restoration Plant Project – Grant Award: $3,000 “This grant helped us stabilize the creek bank and gave us another avenue for the nursery market. I particularly like the project because I would like to … View >>

2009 Recipient: Harvest Moon Gardens

Marsha Crites, Harvest Moon Gardens Herbs and Perennials – Grant Award: $6,000 Marsha has been in the nursery business for nearly 20 years, and now operates a day retreat for local businesses and non-profits. For the WNC AgOptions project, she … View >>

2009 Recipient: Salegee Farm

Joseph & Carol Doyle, Salegee Farm Heather & Lavendar Project – Grant Award: $3,000 “This grant has given us the ability to try more cultivars in this harsh mountain climate so that we understand lavender and heather better. It’s also … View >>

2009 Recipient: Slagle Farm

Kathy S. & Daniel Tinsley, Slagle Farm Wool & Asparagus – Grant Award: $3,000 “I really appreciate the grant. It has really spurred me along to look at the business side of the farm.” ~ Kathy Tinsley Since 1954, Kathy … View >>

2009 Recipient: Nancy Odell, Geowild

Nancy Odell, Geowild Mountain Native Plants – Grant Award: $3,000 “Without the grant, this wouldn’t have been possible. The project would have gone on hold – without having the funds to buy the actual structure.”  ~ Nancy Odell Nancy, who … View >>

2009 Recipient: Rogue Harbor Farm

Linda Raper, Rogue Harbor Farm Heirloom & Grape Tomato Hoophouse – Grant Award: $3,000 “We could not have purchased this high tunnel without the AgOptions grant, plain and simple.  I look forward happily to many years of tomato growing as … View >>

2009 Recipient: Steve Rice

Steve Rice Indoor Mushroom Expansion – Grant Award: $6,000 “This grant has upgraded my operation immediately and showed me that significant income is possible.” ~ Steve Rice Steve grew up sharecropping tobacco and worked in it throughout his life. He … View >>

2009 Recipient: Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts Pasture Poultry & Compost – Grant Award: $3,000 Shannon started this project because he decided, “If I’m going to stay in business, I’m going to have to change.” Shannon has raised cattle all of his life, and grew … View >>

2009 Recipient: Fred Treadway

Fred Treadway Mushroom Fruiting Hothouse – Grant Award: $3,000 Fred has farmed all his life, and grew tobacco through 2000. At his wife’s family farm, he currently produces one acre of vegetables and one acre of mushrooms, which he transitioned … View >>

2009 Recipient: Crooked Creek Farms

Meredith Leigh McKissick, Crooked Creek Farms A Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability Grant Award: $6,000 Since 2003, Meredith has produced diversified vegetables for tailgate markets, and she is currently growing her cut flower and pasture-raised beef cattle business. She … View >>