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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 >>