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2006 Recipient: John Leatherwood

Former tobacco grower in Haywood County, John Leatherwood has expanded tomato and pepper plant production. With the Ag Options grant, John constructed a wood-burning stove for radiant heat in his greenhouses that will significantly reduce fuel costs and help sustain … View >>

2006 Recipient: Kent Cochran

Former tobacco growers in Swain County, the Cochran Family used the WNC Ag Options Grant towards the construction of a larger greenhouse. The Cochran’s expanded their tomato crop to cover the acres where tobacco was formerly grown.   Swain County … View >>

2004 Farm: Dickie Jarret

  Dickie Jarret has created a radiant heating system for the floor of his greenhouse in addition to installing lights to extend his nursery’s growing season. With the help from his local NC Cooperative Extension agent Jerry Moody, in Avery … View >>

2004 Farm: Happy Valley Farms

  Doyle and Janet have recently started a new business Happy Valley Farms where they specialize in hot-house tomatoes production. The income from the tomatoes sales when supply is normally low will help keep this family economically viable in the … View >>

2004 Farm: Jena Roberts

  Jena is preparing to expand into the retail market with her organic vegetable production to become more economically sustainable in the future. Expected income totals $16,300 in next 2 years. J. Roberts is developing a new relationship with her … View >>

2004 Farm: John Jenkins

  After spending most of his life farming tobacco, John Jenkins is ready to “plow new fields.” With help from his county extension agent and this grant, John is looking to break into the organic and native plants market by … View >>