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2010 Recipient: Ray Revis

Ray Revis Russian Honeybees for Beekeepers Grant Award: $6,000 Ray is increasing the production of bees, honey and queens; developing wax products; and working with the USDA-ARS Abee Lab and Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association to improve two genetic lines … View >>

2009 Recipient: Debra Roberts

Debra Roberts Miss Bee Haven’s Ballard Branch Bee Yard – Grant Award: $3,000 Debra is a fourth-year beekeeper, following a non-chemical natural beekeeping approach. With the award, Debra plans to expand her current bee yard from five hives to ten … View >>

2009 Recipient: Rick Harty

Rick Harty Harty Farm Expansion Project – Grant Award: $6,000 “The grant allowed me to expand where otherwise wouldn’t have. We’ve been able to open several more fields.” ~ Rick Harty Rick has been developing his diversified farm since 2005. … View >>

2008 Recipient: Diane Almond

Diane Almond, owner of Honey Bees and Heather in Henderson County, is developing her nursery and apiary into an agri-tourism destination and educational resource for local residents. With the grant, she is increasing the number of bee hives and blueberry … View >>

2008 Recipient: Keith Chappel

Keith Chappel of Transylvania County is re-establishing his bee hives to make Poplar and Sourwood honey. Keith has kept bees since he was 12-years-old. Due to tremendous rainfall in the county between 2003 and 2005, he lost most of his … View >>

2008 Recipient: Marshall Shipp

With the help of his children, Marshall Shipp of Watauga County is increasing his bee hives to sell beekeeping supplies, candles, skin-care products and honey, including creamed varieties. He designed his hives so that he can transport them between locations … View >>

2006 Recipient: Mitch Plemmons

  Crop Diversification Mitch Plemmons of Wildberry Farm in Buncombe County has continued to transition out of tobacco and expand into diversified vegetable production. With help from the WNC Ag Options Grant, Mitch expanded vegetable production and purchased honey bees … View >>

2004 Farm: James Parham

  James Parham has expanded the production of his delicious mountain honey in addition to spending more time at regional festivals. Through greater production and exposure to local and visiting public the higher income will cover the costs of beekeeping … View >>