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2011 Recipient: Steven Davis

Steven Davis Davis Farm Grant Award: $9,000 — Dairy Barn Steven is diversifying his meat and vegetable operations by adding dairy milking for 50 head of Holstein and Jersey cattle. He is installing a milking system that will handle 12 … View >>

2010 Recipient: Jon Christie

Jon Christie Wild Mountain Apiaries Diversification Project Grant Award: $6,000 Jon is producing nucleus honeybee colonies for sale to replace colony losses; trapping, packaging and marketing fresh high quality bee pollen; offering hands-on educational workshops and internships in beekeeping; and … View >>

2010 Recipient: Rickey Ramsey

Rickey Ramsey Ramsey’s Organic Greenhouse Grant Award: $6,000 Rickey is revitalizing his greenhouse operation, which was damaged by flooding in 2002. He is repairing the structure and building a six-inch deep frame around his tomato beds to help manage proper … 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 >>

2008 Recipient: Doubletree Farm

For Cathy and Andy Bennett, owners of Doubletree Farm in Madison County, the grant is helping them keep Appalachian traditions alive. They are using the knowledge about molasses-making they’ve gained from their neighbors Peggy and Nathan Harmon, whose ancestors made … View >>

2008 Recipient: Coy Griffin

Coy Griffin of Madison County, a former tobacco grower, is improving his horse boarding business by modernizing and expanding his 30-year-old building, which was once a tobacco barn. He hopes the improvements will help him board more horses and ensure … View >>

2008 Recipient: Hardin Wrenn

Hardin Wrenn of Madison County is building an energy-efficient and water-saving greenhouse to improve the production of his mums. He sells to local retailers and tailgate markets. He has added more than 1,000 mums to his operation because of the … View >>