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2017 Recipient: Sospiro Ranch

Curtis and Susan Burnside, Sospiro Ranch Goat Kidding and Handling Barn Grant Award: $6,000 Curtis has constructed a goat kidding and handling barn with enough space to perform artificial insemination (AI) to enhance the genetics of the animals. With a … View >>

2017 Recipient: Holt Orchards

Tracy Cavagnaro and Todd Kirmss, Holt Orchards Retail Cooling Shed Grant Award: $6,000 Tracy and Todd, a brother/sister team, improved their apple orchard with the addition of a stand-alone cooling shed for bushels. The shed extends the availability of their … 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: Postell Hollow Farm

Josh and Brooke Postell, Postell Hollow Farm Complete Sheep Working/Handling Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Josh and Brooke built a working facility for their Katahdin sheep for more ease and safety when handling the animals. The facility promotes efficiencies that have … View >>

2017 Recipient: Flag Branch Farm

Kimberly P. Peace, Flag Branch Farm Adding Value to Goat’s Milk Grant Award: $6,000 Kimberly converted an existing structure into a dedicated production facility for her goat farm, enabling her to manufacture a line of all-natural goat’s milk skin care … View >>

2017 Recipient: Franny’s Farm

Frances and Jeff Tacy, Franny’s Farm Rotational Grazing for Sheep/Lamb Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Frances and Jeff have improved their sheep pastures and their rotational grazing system with the addition of permanent fencing and a central lambing shed. Their … 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 >>

2016 Recipient: High Country Ginseng

Travis Cornett, High Country Ginseng Continuing Processing and Storage Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Travis has built a drying system and storage area to complete a processing facility for High Country Ginseng that he constructed with the help of a 2015 … View >>

2016 Recipient: Cosmo Farm

Allen Frost, Cosmo Farm Poultry Processing Building Grant Award: $6,000 Allen has constructed a dedicated poultry processing building to expand his non-GMO pasture-raised broiler operation. With the new building, he can process more birds in less time and during inclement … View >>

2016 Recipient: Sospiro Ranch

Curtis Burnside, Sospiro Ranch Rabbit Processing Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Curtis and Susan have built a FDA-compliant processing facility to prepare meat rabbits to sell to Asheville area restaurants. The 18-foot by 12-foot building allows for on-site slaughter, dressing, packing, … View >>

2016 Recipient: Linda Ann Davis

Linda Ann Davis Goat Milk Soap-Making Workshop Grant Award: $3,000 Linda is constructing a workshop dedicated to the production of goat milk soap. The insulated 10-foot by 12-foot wood frame structure consolidates all phases of the soap making operation, including … View >>

2016 Recipient: Altapass Orchard

Starli McDowell, Altapass Orchard Serving the Good Stuff Lunch Wagon Grant Award: $6,000 Altapass Orchard, a 280-acre historic farm on the Blue Ridge Parkway that provides apple sales, tours, trails and events to the public, has built a food service … View >>

2016 Recipient: Blue Ribbon Farms

Warren, Diana and Clint Cabe, Blue Ribbon Farms Sorghum Syrup Production Grant Award: $3,000 Warren and Diana have added a sorghum syrup processing facility to make syrup with sorghum that they are growing. The shed doubles as a produce packing … View >>

2016 Recipient: Living Roots Farm

April Kemp-Moya and Wesley Allen, Living Roots Farm Packing Facility Grant Award: $6,000 April and Wesley have constructed a wash, pack and cold storage building to maximize product quality and safety at their new vegetable farm. They carefully designed a … View >>

2015 Recipient: Holt Livestock

Michael Joe Holt, Jr., Holt Livestock Breeding and Feeding Facility for Show Pig Production Grant Award: $6,000 Michael is expanding his pork and show pig operation by constructing a facility to house sows year-round. Both pork and show pig markets … View >>

2015 Recipient: Jasperwood Farm

Anthony Cole, Jasperwood Farm Winter Squash Curing Facility Grant Award: $3,000 Anthony is building on the success of a 2010 WNC AgOptions project by improving the storage and curing of pumpkins and winter squash. He has constructed a passive solar … View >>