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2021 Recipient: McNeilly Enterprises

Julia Austin, McNeilly Enterprises Enhancing Capacity with Multi-purpose Facility Grant Award: $6,000 The owners of McNeilly Enterprises are constructing a 20-foot by 25-foot multipurpose building. They have purchased a commercial honey extractor and other equipment and supplies to facilitate processing … View >>

2021 Recipient: Willis Farms

Rodney Willis, Willis Farms Sorghum Syrup and Cornmeal Process Upgrades Grant Award: $6,000 Rodney and Lynn have constructed a metal-frame processing building for their sorghum syrup and cornmeal that meets current food safety standards. The processing facility is located adjacent … View >>

2020 Recipient: Mardet Family Farms

Linda Laine, Mardet Family Farm LLC Infrastructure for Vegetable Production Grant Award: $6,000 Linda added critical irrigation infrastructure to her farm, which consists of two separate parcels of land totaling 23 acres. Previously, a one-acre parcel had a well, but … View >>

2020 Recipient: The Chef’s Farmer

James Swofford, The Chef’s Farmer Old North Farm Grant Award: $6,000 Having operated a successful farming business since 2012, James grows one acre of specialty ingredients for chefs and supplies boutique heirloom produce, culinary herbs, edible flowers and foraged ingredients … View >>

2019 Recipient: Dollar Down Farm

Barry L. Bingham, Dollar Down Farm Growing Under Sliding Thunder Grant Award: $6,000 Barry has added a movable high tunnel to his operation in order to extend his growing season, double his inside growing area, and increase his capacity to … View >>

2018 Recipient: Crookneck Farms

Brad Bumgardner, Crookneck Farms Packing and Cooling Center Grant Award: $6,000 To reduce losses, increase quality, extend the shelf life of their berries and reach new markets, Crookneck Farms has added a desperately needed cooling facility. The facility has satisfied … View >>

2018 Recipient: Goforth Livestock

Charles Edward “Trip” Goforth, Goforth Livestock Improving Beef Profits with TMR Feeding Grant Award: $6,000 Trip Goforth purchased a specialized piece of feeding equipment—a vertical mixer or TMR (Total Mixes Ration) mixer for his 40-head cow/calf beef operation. Trip currently … View >>

2017 Recipient: Flag Branch Farm

Kimberly P. Peace, Flag Branch Farm Adding Value to Goat’s Milk Grant Award: $6,000 Kimberly converted an existing structure into a dedicated production facility for her goat farm, enabling her to manufacture a line of all-natural goat’s milk skin care … View >>

2017 Recipient: Big John’s Hydro Farm

John and James Carroll, Big John’s Hydro Farm Back-Up Electricity and Mini-Fogger Grant Award: $6,000 John and his father James added a back-up generator to their existing 3,600-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse to deter crop loss during power outages. They are also … View >>