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2017 Recipient: Corbin Family Farm

Eddy Jackson Corbin, Jr., Corbin Family Farm Honey House Grant Award: $6,000 Jackson has built a honey house to hold extraction equipment and process honey. He is purchased a 12-foot by 24-foot prefabricated building and located it close to one … View >>

2017 Recipient: Bee Kind Family Farm

Robert and Jaime Cool, Bee Kind Family Farm Apiary Expansion Grant Award: $3,000 Robert and Jaime have added 20 new bee colonies to their 60-hive chemical treatment-free yard with the hopes of doubling honey production in the future. The additional … View >>

2017 Recipient: Wehrloom Honey

Jessica Wehr, Wehrloom Honey Mead Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Jessica and Aron have added a meadery to the Wehrloom Honey Retail Store and Educational Center in Robbinsville. While making wine out of honey is unique in itself, they also have … View >>

2016 Recipient: Sweet Betsy Farm

Karen and Wade “Ed” Speer, Sweet Betsy Farm Bee Farm Season Extension Grant Award: $6,000 Karen and Ed have renovated their on-farm store, The Honey House at Sweet Betsy Farm, located just off US-221, so that they can keep the … View >>

2015 Recipient: Wehrloom Honey

  Jessica responded to customer demand for value-added products by creating three new product lines: cut-comb honey, spun honey and pollen. She purchased specialized equipment to harvest, process and market these products. Cut-comb honey is a piece of honey filled … View >>

2015 Recipient: Mikell’s Farm

Sharren L. Mikell, Mikell’s Farm Bee Farm Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Mikell’s Farm has doubled their existing bee yard so that they are now maintaining more than 30 hives, primarily for honey production. They have invested in Varroa Sensitive Hygenic … View >>

2014 Recipient: Blue Ridge Apiaries

Ryan Higgs, Blue Ridge Apiaries Nuc Production Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Ryan is expanding the production of nucleus colonies, or “nucs,” to supply his own replacement colonies, cut down on swarming, as well as sell surplus nucs to other beekeepers … View >>

2012 Recipient: Axios Farms

Kevin and Shelley King Axios Farms Grant Award: $6,000—Axios Apiary Kevin and Shelley are establishing a full operational apiary and a mobile pollination trailer. They plan to transport bees to farms in the WNC region to help successfully pollinate crops. … View >>

2011 Recipient: Grady Bob Johnson, Jr.

Grady Bob Johnson, Jr. Tucker Hollow Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Berries and Honey Tucker Hollow Farm will expand their existing farm with the addition of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and 20 stands of honeybees to pollinate the berries and their … View >>

2011 Recipient: Jeff Mansker

Jeff Mansker Anderson Creek Apiary Grant Award: $3,000 — Honey House and Extractor Jeff is building a honey room and purchasing an extractor to allow greater production of Premier Sourwood Honey, increase storage space and expand his overall operation. Jeff’s … View >>

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 >>