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2006 Recipient: Joe Brittain

The Brittain Family farm has been farmed for four generations. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, the Brittain’s will raise pastured heritage breed turkeys, and they will start prepping their land for organic blueberry production. The Brittain’s hope that this … View >>

2006 Recipient: Kaleb Rathbone

Over the past few years, Kaleb Rathbone has been slowly transitioning out of tobacco and grown fruit and vegetable crops in Haywood County. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, Kaleb purchased a drip irrigation system for strawberry production.   Haywood … View >>

2005 Farm: Colby Calhoun

  Colby Calhoun has grown tobacco for fourteen years in addition to raising cattle, hogs and chickens. Mr. Calhoun works in the public school system and has noticed an increased demand for fresh farm produce in the schools. With the … 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: Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes is a full time farmer following in his father’s footsteps by working the land for a living. Mr. Hughes project demonstrates creative agricultural business solutions with the production of strawberries and raspberries. With the support of the 2005 … View >>

2004 Farm: Qualla Berry Farms

  Karen and John are planning to expand their farm operation by producing value-added raspberry products, medicinal herbs and farm garden beauty products. Qualla Berry Farms is also open to the public for tours by appointment only. Expected income totals … View >>

2004 Farm: Michael Coates

  M. Coates and his wife Kim needed a road-worthy transport trailer for hauling produce to tailgate markets and wholesale markets. In addition to expanding their ability to haul their produce Michael used his grant funding to plant 100 blueberry … View >>

2004 Farm: Rhonda Fox

  Rhonda is transitioning a one acre of tobacco field into a pick-your-own blueberry business. The grant will also assist the family in updating the greenhouse for a variety of garden vegetables. The income from the greenhouse sales will help … View >>

2004 Farm: Terry Banks

  Terry Banks has been farming for over 30 years. He raised 70 acres of tobacco in the 70’s and 80’s to replace dairy income. Now Terry is experiencing another shift in market demands and is looking to reduce tobacco … View >>