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2014 Recipient: Tater Hill Farm

Linda and her brother Terry Moffitt have expanded their sugar snap pea crop, added 100 blueberry bushes and constructed protective fencing around three fields to safeguard their high value crops from wildlife damage. They sell directly off the farm, at … View >>

2013 Recipient: Walnut Cove Farms

Joseph is diversifying his nursery and landscaping business, which has been in operation since 1997, by adding heirloom vegetables grown with organic methods. The additional crops help keep the viability of the Bethel Valley farm, which has been in his … View >>

2013 Recipient: Cove Creek Nursery

Alvin Lytle, Cove Creek Nursery Expansion/Diversification to Grow Grain and Vegetables Grant Award: $6,000 Alvin is diversifying his farm, which is currently a tree, shrub and vine nursery, to include the production of chemical-free produce and grain, flour and meal. … View >>

2013 Recipient: Calee’s Coops

Michael and Casey Lance, Calee’s Coops Diversification Project: On-Farm Feed Grant Award: $6,000 The Lances are purchasing three-ton grain bins for on-farm storage of bulk feed, reducing transportation costs of buying 50 pound bags from a hardware store to feed … View >>

2012 Recipient: Full Sun Farm

Alex Brown and Vanessa Campbell, Full Sun Farm Mixed Nut Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 Alex and Vanessa are diversifying their mixed vegetable operation with tree nuts. No other farmer in the county currently produces nuts for commercial sale. They are … View >>

2012 Recipient: Rockbar Farms

Harold Hunter, Rockbar Farms Grant Award: $3,000 – Rockbar Sweet Onion Project “I am committed to not only keeping my farm sustainable but am very concerned about the farming future of all of Madison County.” ~ Harold Hunter Harold is … View >>

2011 Recipient: Anthony Cole

Anthony Cole Jasperwood Farm Grant Award: $3,000 — Production of Colored Bell Peppers Anthony is diversifying his winter squash, livestock and Christmas tree farm with the production of full color bell peppers, which provides cash flow at a time period … View >>

2011 Recipient: Rick and Karen Jordan

Rick and Karen Jordan Deerwood Nursery and Farms Grant Award: $3,000 — Produce and Poultry Cooler The Jordans are diversifying their nursery operations to include vegetable and poultry ventures. The addition of a walk-in cooler allows them to further expand … View >>

2011 Recipient: Tim & Annie Burrell

Tim & Annie Burrell Rabbit Creek Bee Company, LLC Grant Award: $6,000 — Nuc Production for Natural Beekeeping The Burrells are diversifying their queen-rearing operation by producing nucleus hives for local natural and organic beekeepers, responding to the high demand … View >>

2011 Recipient: Mark Conley

Mark Conley Conley Ranch Grant Award: $3,000 — Diversifying to Hops Farming Mark is diversifying his small-scale cattle operation with 450 hop plants to supply area microbreweries and home brewers with a locally grown product to use in beer production. … View >>

2010 Recipient: Donald Smart

Donald Smart Fresh Market Cucumbers Grant Award: $6,000 Don is establishing approximately eight acres of trellised slicer & pickling cucumbers, further diversifying his tobacco and tomato farm. With the purchase of an air blast sprayer, he is increasing the efficiency … View >>