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2006 Recipient: Briar Rose Farm

Agri-Tourism Judith Hansen and Tom Hare of Briar Rose Farm, a diverse 160 acre old mountain farm in Madison County, have used the WNC Ag Options Grant to expand their agri-tourism operation to include a nature trail for farm guests … View >>

2006 Recipient: Craig Edwards

  Crop Diversification Former tobacco grower in Madison County, Craig Edwards, will use the WNC Ag Options Grant to convert two acres of tillable land that has previously been used to grow tobacco in order to grow broccoli and sweet … View >>

2005 Farm: Dewain and Cathy Mackey

  Dewain and Cathy Mackey have grown tobacco for over 10 years. The Mackey family predicted the loss of tobacco income several years ago and decided to experiment with hydroponic lettuce production. The hydroponic lettuce is sold to the county … View >>

2005 Farm: Carl and Julie Mansfield

  Carl and Julie Mansfield are the proud owners of Mountain Harvest Organics. This young couple left the computer industry to create their dream of living on the farm. After studying the niche market opportunities available in the Asheville region … View >>

2005 Farm: Pete Dixon

  Pete Dixon has been a full time farmer for 12 years. He and his family have a diverse mix of vegetables and berries that they sell at tailgate markets. Mr. Dixon is a progressive problem solver who has researched … View >>

2005 Farm: Stevie Roberts

  Stevie Roberts and his wife Kay have been tobacco farmers for 42 years. The family has used the tobacco income to pay for the land and raise their three children. In looking for alternative agricultural businesses ventures to replace … View >>

2004 Farm: Candice Rice

C. Rice has been farming for almost 30 years. She raised tobacco, cattle, chicken, turkeys and a variety of vegetables. Candice would like to continue to farm and is looking to diversify farm production. With the help of her extension … View >>

2004 Farm: Elbert Roberts

  Elbert Roberts has been growing approximately 72 acres of tobacco since 1980. He is transitioning to organic vegetable production with the support of his local Extension agent and with support from this grant. Expected income from new vegetable production … View >>

2004 Farm: Wayne Uffleman

  W. Uffelman is a full time farmer at Blue Hill Farm. His primary crop has been tobacco, but he has transitioned into vegetable and egg production. Wayne would like to continue to farm for a living and is looking … View >>