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2010 Recipient: Jean Taylor

Jean Taylor Heirloom Vegetable Plant Production Grant Award: $6,000 In response to the high demand for heirloom vegetables, Jean is expanding her bedding plant operation by increasing her heated space and purchasing additional materials. She supplies other small growers with … View >>

2010 Recipient: Bobby Gragg

Bobby Gragg Artificial Insemination of Beef Cattle Grant Award: $6,000 Bobby is increasing his ability to artificially inseminate cattle with top quality bulls; improving growth trait records; and enhancing marketability of his beef. He is purchasing a portable head gate … View >>

2010 Recipient: Kyle Kitchin

Kyle Kitchin Sugar Bear Maple Syrup Marketing Grant Award: $3,000 Kyle is purchasing a propane heated finishing cooker for his maple syrup operation. The cooker enhances the beauty and marketability of Grade A light amber maple syrup by allowing for … View >>

2010 Recipient: Marshall Bailey

Marshall Bailey On-Farm Store; Lumber Grant Award: $6,000 Marshall passed away during the grant cycle and was unable to complete the project. Marshall was establishing an On-Farm Store in Barnardsville featuring grass-fed beef, pork, produce and other farm products from … View >>

2010 Recipient: Van Burnette

Van Burnette: Hop N’ Blueberry Farm Milkweed Production & Butterfly Farming Grant Award: $3,000 Van is establishing a commercial milkweed operation. The primary customers for milkweed are butterfly farmers who are unable to produce sufficient food supply for caterpillars. Van … View >>

2010 Recipient: Starr Cash

Starr Cash: Venezia Dream Farm Fiber Product, Value-Added Processing Grant Award: $3,000 Starr is purchasing fiber processing equipment (micro-mill or cottage scale) to add value to fiber produced by her own herd of alpacas as well as that of the … View >>

2010 Recipient: Anthony Cole

Anthony Cole Production of Traditional, Specialty and Heirloom Pumpkins and Winter Squash Grant Award: $6,000 Anthony is expanding his pumpkin operation with the purchase of a no-till planter unit and air blast sprayer. He is planting into managed wheat residue … View >>

2010 Recipient: Paul & Anna Littman

Paul & Anna Littman: Anna & Paul’s Farm Shiitake Mushroom Expansion & Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 The Littmans are increasing their mushroom production during summer months and extending their production season with the construction of a cold frame. They … View >>

2010 Recipient: Bass & Seth Hyatt

Bass & Seth Hyatt Grass-Fed Angus Beef Grant Award: $6,000 The Hyatts are constructing a new cattle-working facility – corral, scales, chute and head-gate – for their grass-fed operation on a 640-acre farm. The equipment will encourage the careful monitoring … View >>

2010 Recipient: Dibe Duckett

Dibe Duckett No-till Pumpkins Grant Award: $6,000 Dibe is transitioning 12 acres of pumpkins from plastic mulch production to no-till. The new system adds organic matter to the soil and limits the soil erosion in his fields, currently a challenge … View >>