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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 >>

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: J B Jones

Former tobacco grower JB Jones and his grandson, Barry Jones, are sustaining the family farm with help from the WNC Ag Options Grant. The Jones’ plan to propagate Fraser fir seedlings in a greenhouse setting — the only one of … View >>

2006 Recipient: Joel Mowrey

  Agri-Tourism Joel Mowrey was awarded the WNC Ag Options Grant to help him purchase and construct a 3,000 sq. ft. year-round greenhouse production space in Buncombe County. The Mowrey’s will use the greenhouse for the wholesale and retail production … View >>