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2019 Recipient: Mountain Harvest Organics

Carl Evans and Julie Mansfield, Mountain Harvest Organics Pizza Farm Agritoursim Grant Award: $6,000 Carl and Julie are in the process of transitioning their current successful farming operation from being focused on crop production to producing value-added products and services. … View >>

2019 Recipient: TK Family Farm

Jon D. Klimstra, TK Family Farm Apple Packing/Sorting Line Grant Award: $6,000 Building on a 2016 AgOptions grant to establish a unique 1.3-acre high density apple orchard, Jon has added a packing/sorting line to accommodate the 800-1000 bushels of apples … View >>

2018 Recipient: Sugartown Farm and Nursery

Chip Hope, Sugartown Farm and Nursery Sustainable Plant Nursery Grant Award: $6,000 Chip has established a sustainable, low-tech plant nursery to produce naturally grown plants for sale and to offer workshops on growing food, medicinal plants, organic farming, including livestock … View >>

2018 Recipient: Crawford Acres

Chris and Michelle Crawford, Crawford Acres Vineyard Expansion and Diversification Grant Award: $6,000 Crawford Acres has expanded their grape plantings by 472 vines and diversified their crop with three new varieties of grapes. Their grant covered the costs for new … View >>

2018 Recipient: The Farmer’s Hands

Sebastiaan Zijp, The Farmer’s Hands Teaching and Event Shelter Grant Award: $3,000 With the addition of a new educational shelter, The Farmer’s Hands has the capacity to increase attendance and expand their agritourism events. This basic shelter with electricity is … View >>

2018 Recipient: Blue Ribbon Farms

Warren, Diana and Clint Cabe, Blue Ribbon Farms Stone Grist Mill Grant Award: $6,000 With the long-term goal of diversifying his farm to remain viable, Warren used past WNC AgOptions grants to improve his cattle operation and develop a niche … View >>

2018 Recipient: Parker-Binns Vineyard

Karen and Bob Binns, Parker-Binns Vineyard Increasing Wine Production and Diversification Grant Award: $6,000 To accommodate an expansion of their winery and to diversify into producing cider, Parker-Binns Vineyard has added a new production building to their existing successful winery. … View >>

2017 Recipient: Two Crows Farm

Mike and Beverly Woody Ham, Two Crows Farm Agritourism and Retail Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Woody and Mike are enhancing the agritourism element at their 29-acre alpaca farm, offering educational opportunities about fiber farming to the general public and other … View >>

2017 Recipient: Wehrloom Honey

Jessica Wehr, Wehrloom Honey Mead Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Jessica and Aron have added a meadery to the Wehrloom Honey Retail Store and Educational Center in Robbinsville. While making wine out of honey is unique in itself, they also have … View >>

2017 Recipient: LeatherNeck Farms

Samantha and Kevin Webb, LeatherNeck Farms Irrigation Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Samantha and Kevin have installed a self-propelled irrigation system to boost their vegetable and grass-fed livestock operation. The reel irrigation helps them maintain greener pastures and increase vegetable production. … View >>

2017 Recipient: Flying Cloud Farm

Isaiah and Annie Louise Perkinson, Flying Cloud Farm Mobile Sorghum Operation Grant Award: $6,000 Annie and Isaiah are building mobile sorghum processing trailers to turn sorghum cane grown on the farm into sweet sorghum syrup. The trailers allow them to … View >>

2016 Recipient: Green Family Tree Farm

Burl Jonathan Greene III, Green Family Tree Farm Farm Diversification Grant Award: $6,000 Burl has diversified his Christmas tree farm with berries and pumpkins to offer products and services year-round. He recently added 20 acres of land, which has 235 … View >>

2016 Recipient: Against the Grain

Holland Whitesides and Andrew Bryant, Against the Grain Sorghum Molasses and Mushrooms Grant Award: $6,000 Holland and Andrew are creating a multi-use facility that houses a sorghum press, furnace and broiler. With this new building, they no longer need to … View >>

2015 Recipient: Ten Acre Garden

Danny Barrett, Ten Acre Garden Pick-Your-Own Berry Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Danny has added pick-your-own raspberry and strawberry plants to his existing 10-acre vegetable and fruit farm. He aims to create a unique agri-tourism experience for his customers. “Ideally, each … View >>