Exclusively funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

2011 Recipient: Ryan Wiebe

Ryan Wiebe Wiebe Farmin’ Grant Award: $3,000 – Well Establishment, Drip Irrigation and Fertigation Ryan is expanding his current operation with the addition of a complete farm irrigation system setup, allowing him to make the most of his four acres … View >>

2009 Recipient: Jeremy McCurry

Drip Irrigation for Strawberries – Grant Award: $3,000 “Because of the grant, I was able to buy this irrigation system — I couldn’t get started with out it. My plants died due to the late frost this year, and since … View >>

2009 Recipient: Ryan Wiebe

Ryan Wiebe Grant Award: $3,000 – Organic Greenhouse “I would not even be close to having the greenhouse without the grant. It’s given me the opportunity to make the farm more self-sufficient by growing my own plants — the foundation … View >>

2008 Recipient: Green Toe Ground

With the help of the grant, Nicole Del Coqlano and Gaelen Corozine of Green Toe Ground in Yancey County are offering a winter share to their Community Supported Agriculture members. They are storing root crops for winter and constructing high … View >>

2006 Recipient: J B Jones

Former tobacco grower JB Jones and his grandson, Barry Jones, are sustaining the family farm with help from the WNC Ag Options Grant. The Jones’ plan to propagate Fraser fir seedlings in a greenhouse setting — the only one of … View >>

2006 Recipient: Scott Paquin

Scott Paquin is an organic farmer in Yancey County; Scott was awarded the WNC Ag Options Grant to increase the diversity of his farming operation. With the grant, Scott will increase season extension and help widen his client base through … View >>

2006 Recipient: Sharon Deyton

Agri-Tourism Johnny and Sharon Deyton have raised burley tobacco for over 40 years. Their interest in preserving their family heritage has inspired them to diversify the farm into agri-tourism. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, the Deyton’s have purchased a … View >>

2005 Farm: The Austin Family

  The Austin family is the last remaining dairy operation in Yancey and Mitchell Counties. The dairy along with tobacco production has been the primary income source for this family. With the loss of tobacco income their challenge is to … View >>

2005 Farm: David Bodford

  David Bodford is a part time farmer who has grown tobacco in the past along with variety of vegetables and Christmas trees. After experimenting and learning about the production of native shrubs and nursery plants with Harold Buchanan, a … View >>

2005 Farm: Fred Woodby

  Fred Woodby is a full time farmer who has grown tobacco for 35 years. Mr. Woodby has a number of diversified projects to generate income on his farm. In 2005 he will be opening a road side stand on … View >>