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2015 Recipient: Pitch Pine Farm

Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby, Pitch Pine Farm Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 Paige and Justin are creating optimal growing conditions for their vegetables as well as lengthening their growing season with the addition of a permanent high tunnel. The … View >>

2014 Recipient: South Valley Nursery

  Tyler is constructing a 60-foot by 26-foot greenhouse to grow out micropropagated plants for sale. He is expanding upon his successful 2013 WNC AgOptions project for which he used tissue culture to propagate rare and endangered native species and … View >>

2013 Recipient: Reems Creek Nursery

Susan is adding a 30-foot by 96-foot heated greenhouse specifically for growing vegetable and herb transplants in organic potting soils with organic fertilizer and pest control methods. The separate greenhouse prevents cross-contamination with conventionally raised nursery crops. Purchases include a … View >>

2013 Recipient: Van Winkle Farm

Kim Van Winkle, Van Winkle Farm/Johnson Branch Farms Shiitake and Goldenseal Production Grant Award: $6,000 Kim is reintroducing farming to a dormant property with winter greenhouse shiitake mushroom production and the wild cultivation of goldenseal. She is constructing a solar … View >>

2012 Recipient: Nantahala Farms and Nursery

Rachelle Clark, Nantahala Farms and Nursery Hydroponic Plant Production and Greenhouse Growing Grant Award: $6,000 With the addition of a greenhouse, Rachelle is producing vegetable starts for her fields as well as fresh produce, strawberries, herbs and flowers to customers … View >>

2011 Recipient: Jodie and Jeff Zahner

Jodie and Jeff Zahner Oconee Bell Farms Grant Award: $6,000 — Oconee Bells The Zahners are expanding greenhouse space for propagating and first-year growing of the rare native evergreen groundcover Shortia galacifolia, commonly known as Oconee Bells. It is in … View >>

2011 Recipient: Jill Warwick Nicklaw

Jill Warwick Nicklaw Sunshine Cove Farm Grant Award: $3,000 — Microgreen Production Jill is building a greenhouse for her microgreen operation to accommodate the market demand. She is also expanding to include pea shoots, basil mixes, and petite fava shoots. … View >>

2010 Recipient: Danny & Kathryn McConnell

Danny & Kathryn McConnell: McConnell Farms, Inc. Strawberry Disease Management with 21st Century Greenhouse Design Grant Award: $6,000 The McConnells are building a specialty screened greenhouse that allows for second generation and virtually disease-free plants to be supplied to commercial … View >>

2009 Recipient: Ellis & Barbara Aycock

Ellis & Barbara Aycock, Sundance Farm Groundbreaking Organic Farming – Grant Award: $6,000 The Aycocks are semi-retired from off-farm work, and have raised livestock since 1987 and fruits and vegetables since 2006. They are one of very few commercial organic … View >>

2009 Recipient: Blue Heron Farm

Susan Mallard & Viki Nofke, Blue Heron Farm Culinary Herb Project – Grant Award: $6,000 Susan Mallard (CoOwner) & Viki Nofke (Farm Manager) Blue Heron Farm has produced fruits, vegetables and herbs since 1986 and been members and co-founders of … View >>

2009 Recipient: Wilson Farms

Rayenelle Ritchie, Wilson Farms Greenhouses and Farm Store Expansion – Grant Award: $6,000 “The kids are helping out – they like working in the greenhouse.  And it’s given us a wider customer base. When people come to the farm for … View >>

2009 Recipient: Philip Moore

Philip Moore Organic Greenhouse Tomatoes – Grant Award: $3,000 “Having assistance with the initial start-up costs enabled us to get the business off the ground much more quickly and allowed us to experiment with different aspects of organic vegetable production. … View >>

2009 Recipient: Nancy Odell, Geowild

Nancy Odell, Geowild Mountain Native Plants – Grant Award: $3,000 “Without the grant, this wouldn’t have been possible. The project would have gone on hold – without having the funds to buy the actual structure.”  ~ Nancy Odell Nancy, who … View >>