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2014 Recipient: Riddle-Edwards Farm

  Gerald has added 1.5 acres of Honey Select sweet corn and Hernandez and Bouregard sweet potatoes, using raised bed plastic mulching methods. The improved methods have increased his sweet potato production by 35 percent. He has also installed drip … View >>

2014 Recipient: Pressley Hollow Farm

John and Megan Pressley, Pressley Hollow Farm Truffle Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 John and Megan are diversifying their third generation family farm with the addition of a one-acre truffle orchard. They prepared the site, amended the soil, installed an irrigation … View >>

2012 Recipient: Apple Valley Orchard

James Phillips and Danny Edwards, Apple Valley Orchard Orchard Establishment Grant Award: $3,000 James and Danny are establishing a one-acre orchard. They are planting 200 hundred apple trees and installing an irrigation system. No other orchard currently exists in the … View >>

2011 Recipient: Anthony Cole

Anthony Cole Jasperwood Farm Grant Award: $3,000 — Production of Colored Bell Peppers Anthony is diversifying his winter squash, livestock and Christmas tree farm with the production of full color bell peppers, which provides cash flow at a time period … View >>

2011 Recipient: Steve and Terry King

Steve and Terry King King Harvest Farm Grant Award: $3,000 — Raspberry and Vegetable Expansion The Kings are diversifying their operation away from total reliance on landscaping and ornamentals into the full-scale commercial production of fruits and vegetables. They are … View >>

2011 Recipient: Joni and John Wavra

Joni and John Wavra Ty-Lyn Plantation Grant Award: $6,000 — Truffle Project The Wavras are phasing one-half acre of their Christmas tree farm into Black Perigord Truffles (which yields $800/lb) and possibly the Burgundy Truffles ($400/lb). They are preparing the … View >>

2011 Recipient: Charles Church

Charles Church Watauga River Farms Grant Award: $3,000 — Vegetable Expansion Charles is improving his mixed vegetable operation with a new well, drip irrigation system and plastic mulch. By using plastic, he is saving labor with weed reduction. He currently … View >>

2011 Recipient: Billy Bryant

Billy Bryant Bryant Farms Grant Award: $6,000 – Produce Expansion Billy anticipates diversifying his tobacco and tomato operation with a variety of produce in future years. The first step is to acquire his own drip irrigation system and plastic laying … View >>

2011 Recipient: Ryan Wiebe

Ryan Wiebe Wiebe Farmin’ Grant Award: $3,000 – Well Establishment, Drip Irrigation and Fertigation Ryan is expanding his current operation with the addition of a complete farm irrigation system setup, allowing him to make the most of his four acres … View >>

2010 Recipient: Rickey Ramsey

Rickey Ramsey Ramsey’s Organic Greenhouse Grant Award: $6,000 Rickey is revitalizing his greenhouse operation, which was damaged by flooding in 2002. He is repairing the structure and building a six-inch deep frame around his tomato beds to help manage proper … View >>

2009 Recipient: Blue Heron Farm

Susan Mallard & Viki Nofke, Blue Heron Farm Culinary Herb Project – Grant Award: $6,000 Susan Mallard (CoOwner) & Viki Nofke (Farm Manager) Blue Heron Farm has produced fruits, vegetables and herbs since 1986 and been members and co-founders of … View >>