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2010 Recipient: Jon Christie

Jon Christie Wild Mountain Apiaries Diversification Project Grant Award: $6,000 Jon is producing nucleus honeybee colonies for sale to replace colony losses; trapping, packaging and marketing fresh high quality bee pollen; offering hands-on educational workshops and internships in beekeeping; and … View >>

2009 Recipient: Deerwood Nursery

Rick & Karen Jordan, Deerwood Nursery Restoration Plant Project – Grant Award: $3,000 “This grant helped us stabilize the creek bank and gave us another avenue for the nursery market. I particularly like the project because I would like to … View >>

2008 Recipient: Rebecca Daniels

Rebecca Daniels lives on her Avery County family farm, a third-generation fraser fir and sheep farm. She is working with her son, Logan Burleson, 16, to establish a greenhouse operation, primarily for rooted wine grape cuttings. They plan to sell … View >>

2006 Recipient: Amy Chambers

  Crop Diversification The Chamber’s family farm has been situated on the same land in Cherokee County since the early 1800’s. Chris Chambers and his wife Amy relocated to the farm with the goal to keep the land in agricultural … View >>

2006 Recipient: Craig Edwards

  Crop Diversification Former tobacco grower in Madison County, Craig Edwards, will use the WNC Ag Options Grant to convert two acres of tillable land that has previously been used to grow tobacco in order to grow broccoli and sweet … View >>

2006 Recipient: Rickey Postell

  In 1993, the Postell’s tobacco barn collapsed from a blizzard; the family could not justify re-building the barn as tobacco prices would not support the reinvestment. Since that time, Rickey has dreamt of using that field to raise Christmas … View >>

2006 Recipient: Scott Combs

  Crop Diversification The WNC Ag Options Grant has helped Scott transition from Burley tobacco to Irish Potatoes. With the Grant, Scott purchased a potato planter which has helped him greatly reduced labor costs for the farm.   Wautauga County … View >>

2006 Recipient: Scott Paquin

Scott Paquin is an organic farmer in Yancey County; Scott was awarded the WNC Ag Options Grant to increase the diversity of his farming operation. With the grant, Scott will increase season extension and help widen his client base through … View >>

2006 Recipient: Sharon Deyton

Agri-Tourism Johnny and Sharon Deyton have raised burley tobacco for over 40 years. Their interest in preserving their family heritage has inspired them to diversify the farm into agri-tourism. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, the Deyton’s have purchased a … View >>