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2013 Recipient: Cove Creek Nursery

Alvin Lytle, Cove Creek Nursery Expansion/Diversification to Grow Grain and Vegetables Grant Award: $6,000 Alvin is diversifying his farm, which is currently a tree, shrub and vine nursery, to include the production of chemical-free produce and grain, flour and meal. … View >>

2013 Recipient: Revis Russian Apiaries

Ray Revis, Revis Russian Apiaries Production and Evaluation of Russian Honey Bee Queens Grant Award: $6,000 Ray is adding 50 new queen-mating colonies to his operation to be better prepared for the high-demand season. He is purchasing equipment and supplemental … View >>

2012 Recipient: English Farms

Susan and Terry English English Dairy Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — English Farmstead Cheese Susan and Terry are planning to manufacture fresh cheese spreads as well as aged cheeses using milk produced solely on the farm. They are constructing a … View >>

2012 Recipient: DeMariano Vineyards

Mario DeLuca DeMariano Vineyard Grant Award: $6,000 — Wine Production The 2012 WNC AgOptions grant offsets DeMariano Vineyard’s wine production costs to help the family realize the value-added income from the farm’s grapes. The vines are producing at about 75 … View >>

2012 Recipient: Ellis Farms

Eric Ellis, Ellis Farms Farms, Food and Community (Direct Produce Sales) Grant Award: $6,000 Eric is establishing a distribution system to provide a weekly box of 25 pounds of produce to at least 30 members a week, and he expects … View >>

2011 Recipient: Mario & Michael DeLuca

Mario and Michael DeLuca DeMariano Vineyard Grant Award: $6,000 — Wine Production from Grapes The DeLucas are purchasing winery equipment and supplies to help realize the value-added income from production of their own wine. They are harvesting from one acre … View >>

2011 Recipient: Bao Yang

Bao Yang Mountain Spring Garden Grant Award: $6,000 — Bamboo Shoot Testing & Processing Approval Mountain Spring Garden is a unique U.S. producer of canned bamboo shoots. Bao is completing the necessary steps to bring the bamboo shoots to market: … View >>

2010 Recipient: Ray Revis

Ray Revis Russian Honeybees for Beekeepers Grant Award: $6,000 Ray is increasing the production of bees, honey and queens; developing wax products; and working with the USDA-ARS Abee Lab and Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association to improve two genetic lines … View >>

2009 Recipient: Crooked Creek Farms

Meredith Leigh McKissick, Crooked Creek Farms A Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability Grant Award: $6,000 Since 2003, Meredith has produced diversified vegetables for tailgate markets, and she is currently growing her cut flower and pasture-raised beef cattle business. She … View >>