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2015 Recipient: Still Hill Dressage

Natalya Gryson, Still Hill Dressage Expanding Horse Sales Using Management-Intensive Grazing Grant Award: $6,000   Natalya is increasing profitability of her venture to train and sell horses by transitioning to Management-Intensive Grazing. Moving her horses out of the barn and … View >>

2013 Recipient: Calee’s Coops

Michael and Casey Lance, Calee’s Coops Diversification Project: On-Farm Feed Grant Award: $6,000 The Lances are purchasing three-ton grain bins for on-farm storage of bulk feed, reducing transportation costs of buying 50 pound bags from a hardware store to feed … View >>

2012 Recipient: Cherryfield Farm

William and Glenda Newell Cherryfield Farm Grant Award: $6,000—Sheep Expansion Project William and Glenda are expanding their lamb meat operation by adding approximately 10 additional ewes, increasing their herd to 40 breeding ewes. The purchase of livestock handling equipment enhances … View >>

2011 Recipient: Ronald & Cheryl Searcy

Ronald and Cheryl Searcy Wells Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Livestock Treatment Facility The Searcys are improving their business of contract goat grazing by building a treatment facility for their animals. The building provides a safe area to examine livestock … View >>

2010 Recipient: David Mackey

David Mackey Beef Freezers Grant Award: $3,000 David and his family are establishing direct sales of their natural and hormone-free beef and pork. They have a relationship with a processing facility that will butcher, wrap and deliver the finished product … View >>

2010 Recipient: Annie Martin, Mountain Moss

Annie Martin, Mountain Moss Green Alternatives for WNC Farmers: Eco-friendly Mosses Grant Award: $3,000 Annie is establishing a moss nursery to meet the expected demand for eco-friendly mosses in sustainable landscaping projects. To grow her business, which designs and installs … View >>

2008 Recipient: Dale Robertson

Dale Robertson, farm manager of the camp Gwynn Valley in Transylvania County, is automating his milking operation to improve educational opportunities for campers. The clear tubing of his automatic milker allows children at the camp to view the entire milking … View >>

2008 Recipient: Keith Chappel

Keith Chappel of Transylvania County is re-establishing his bee hives to make Poplar and Sourwood honey. Keith has kept bees since he was 12-years-old. Due to tremendous rainfall in the county between 2003 and 2005, he lost most of his … View >>