Exclusively funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

2008 Recipient: Diane Almond

Diane Almond, owner of Honey Bees and Heather in Henderson County, is developing her nursery and apiary into an agri-tourism destination and educational resource for local residents. With the grant, she is increasing the number of bee hives and blueberry … View >>

2008 Recipient: Harold and Nancy Long

Harold and Nancy Long of the Cherokee Reservation are growing organic and heirloom tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and berries for local restaurants and tailgate markets. Harold has grown vegetables using traditional Cherokee methods since 1962. They prefer heirloom varieties so that … View >>

2008 Recipient: Micheal Creason

Mike has a great appreciation for his grandfather and father who have farmed all their lives, and he wants to follow in their footsteps. He also hopes the income from his business will provide savings for his children’s education. Mike … View >>

2006 Recipient: Briar Rose Farm

Agri-Tourism Judith Hansen and Tom Hare of Briar Rose Farm, a diverse 160 acre old mountain farm in Madison County, have used the WNC Ag Options Grant to expand their agri-tourism operation to include a nature trail for farm guests … View >>

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 >>