Exclusively funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

2006 Recipient: Mitch Plemmons

  Crop Diversification Mitch Plemmons of Wildberry Farm in Buncombe County has continued to transition out of tobacco and expand into diversified vegetable production. With help from the WNC Ag Options Grant, Mitch expanded vegetable production and purchased honey bees … View >>

2005 Farm: Dillingham

  The Dillingham family is the eighth generation to work the land and find solutions to create a living from the land. The whole family has invested in the new venture to produce wine grapes for the Biltmore Estate Winery. … View >>

2005 Farm: Kevin Duckett

  Kevin Duckett has been raising tobacco on his family’s land for eighteen years with this father and brother. Mr. Duckett has worked to diversify the farm income by raising cattle, hay and corn. He is now looking at raising … View >>

2005 Farm: Mitch Plemmons

  Mitch Plemmons is a young part time farmer who is expanding his vegetable sales into local restaurant businesses in the Asheville region. The next generation of farmers like Mr. Plemmons, are both marketing and business savvy. Mr. Plemmon’s demonstration … View >>

2004 Farm: Marvin & Brenda Dillingham

  The Dillingham’s are developing a new working relationship with Diane Ducharme, their local NC Cooperative Extension Agent in Buncombe County. The Dillingham family is transitioning from tobacco and beef cattle into producing grapes for growing market demands. Expected income … View >>

2004 Farm: Glenda Ploeger

  G. Ploeger with her husband Robert started Cane Creek Asparagus Company to provide high quality vegetables to a niche market in their area. Through this grant program Cane Creek Asparagus Company has expanded production and marketing outreach. Expected income … View >>

2004 Farm: Jena Roberts

  Jena is preparing to expand into the retail market with her organic vegetable production to become more economically sustainable in the future. Expected income totals $16,300 in next 2 years. J. Roberts is developing a new relationship with her … View >>

2004 Farm: June Hawkins

  J. Hawkins is a full time farmer who has grown tobacco since 1967. The farm is transitioning from tobacco income to an agritourism business with a corn maze, pick your own Pumpkin Patch, choose and cut Christmas tree farm … View >>

2004 Farm: Terry Banks

  Terry Banks has been farming for over 30 years. He raised 70 acres of tobacco in the 70’s and 80’s to replace dairy income. Now Terry is experiencing another shift in market demands and is looking to reduce tobacco … View >>