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2021 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Bakery and Apple Cider Donut Maker Grant Award: $6,000 Tracy and Todd have built a bakery equipped with a new doughnut maker to create fresh apple-cider doughnuts from the 60 acres of apples … View >>

2021 Recipient: Pressley Farms

Adam Pressley, Pressley Farms Strawberry Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 The Pressley family started growing strawberries in 2015 with 500 plugs, ramping up their crop to about 3,500 plants on 0.17 acres by 2019. For the 2021-2022 season, they have … View >>

2021 Recipient: Raspberry Fields

Stacy Fields, Raspberry Fields Agritourism Improvements to the Farm Grant Award: $6,000 After building materials costs rose steeply in early 2021, Stacy determined she would not be able to complete her proposed project, which was installing a commercial kitchen in … View >>

2020 Recipient: Rhodes Berry Farm

Dalton Rhodes, Rhodes Berry Farm Make Blackberries Local Again Grant Award: $6,000 Currently, Rhodes Berry Farm sells their entire product to a national broker who markets in the midwest and northeast of the US. Research has shown that the farm … View >>

2020 Recipient: Jeter Mountain Farm

Tyler Hunsader, Jeter Mountain Farm Juice (Cider) Operations Grant Award: $6,000 Jeter Mountain Farm has diversified their farm with the opening of a new 30 acre U-pick apple operation in 2020. From research done the past three years at multiple … View >>

2020 Recipient: Edmundson Produce Farm

Randy and Carolyn Edmundson, Edmundson Produce Farm Value-added Acidified Food Kitchen Grant Award: $6,000 Based on years of feedback from customers wanting to enjoy the Edmundson’s produce year round, Edmundson Produce Farm has added a permanent value-added acidified food kitchen … View >>

2019 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Enclosure for Apple-Packing Line Grant Award: $6,000 In response to the recent rapid growth of their business, 60-acre Holt Orchards has added a packing line to their apple operation. A 2017 AgOptions grant … View >>

2019 Recipient: McConnell Farms

Danny McConnell, McConnell Farms Custom Labeling Project Grant Award: $6,000 In addition to selling fresh fruits and vegetables, McConnell Farms, an established diversified family farm, offers a wide range of value-added products including ice creams, jams, preserves, fruit butters, acetified … View >>