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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 >>

2009 Recipient: Crooked Creek Farms

Meredith Leigh McKissick, Crooked Creek Farms A Greenhouse to Increase Efficiency & Profitability Grant Award: $6,000 Since 2003, Meredith has produced diversified vegetables for tailgate markets, and she is currently growing her cut flower and pasture-raised beef cattle business. She … View >>

2009 Recipient: Mike Glover

Mike Glover Sleepy Hollow Farm Greenhouse – Grant Award: $3,000 “The grant allowed me to get the greenhouse to start plants earlier. The growing season here, especially for gourds, is limited. Sometimes 2-3 weeks really makes a difference. Growing the … View >>

2009 Recipient: Ernie Dollar

Ernie Dollar Organic Greenhouse Vegetables – Grant Award: $6,000 Ernie raised tobacco, beef cattle and hay from 1983 to 2008. With his award, he will set up a cold frame to grow and sell organic produce locally, a need in … View >>

2009 Recipient: Ryan Wiebe

Ryan Wiebe Grant Award: $3,000 – Organic Greenhouse “I would not even be close to having the greenhouse without the grant. It’s given me the opportunity to make the farm more self-sufficient by growing my own plants — the foundation … View >>

2008 Recipient: Brad Martin

Brad Martin of Buncombe County is developing an 8-acre hay field into the main growing site for his new nursery business, Southeastern Natives. He is constructing a greenhouse, cold frame, shade house and irrigation system.   Buncombe County Contact the … View >>

2008 Recipient: Chris and Rachel Leek

Chris and Rachel Leek of Haywood County are propagating flowers and herbs on their urban lot to sell to restaurants, retailers and individuals. With the grant, they are constructing a small greenhouse and installing a drip irrigation system using water … View >>

2008 Recipient: Hardin Wrenn

Hardin Wrenn of Madison County is building an energy-efficient and water-saving greenhouse to improve the production of his mums. He sells to local retailers and tailgate markets. He has added more than 1,000 mums to his operation because of the … View >>