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2009 Recipient: Glenn Carson

Glenn Carson Two Buddies Heirloom Apples – Grant Award: $3,000 “The WNC AgOptions money will enable us to overcome the biggest hindrance to production in our apple business thus far – pest control.” ~ Glenn Carson Glenn operates a 30-acre … View >>

2009 Recipient: Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes Parking, Irrigation, Storage Building & Plasticulture Improvements – Grant Award: $6,000 Tim has 4.5 acres of U-Pick berries, greasy beans and corn, which he established in 1986. With his award, he will expand and improve the parking area … View >>

2009 Recipient: Rodney Booth

Rodney Booth Adawehi Sustainable Agriculture Growth & Expansion (SAGE) Project – Grant Award: $6,000 “This project is a start to us being an example for others in the agricultural community, showing different ways of generating revenue and creating jobs. This … View >>

2008 Recipient: Brad Martin

Brad Martin of Buncombe County is developing an 8-acre hay field into the main growing site for his new nursery business, Southeastern Natives. He is constructing a greenhouse, cold frame, shade house and irrigation system.   Buncombe County Contact the … View >>

2008 Recipient: Chris and Rachel Leek

Chris and Rachel Leek of Haywood County are propagating flowers and herbs on their urban lot to sell to restaurants, retailers and individuals. With the grant, they are constructing a small greenhouse and installing a drip irrigation system using water … View >>

2008 Recipient: Hardin Wrenn

Hardin Wrenn of Madison County is building an energy-efficient and water-saving greenhouse to improve the production of his mums. He sells to local retailers and tailgate markets. He has added more than 1,000 mums to his operation because of the … View >>

2006 Recipient: Kaleb Rathbone

Over the past few years, Kaleb Rathbone has been slowly transitioning out of tobacco and grown fruit and vegetable crops in Haywood County. With the WNC Ag Options Grant, Kaleb purchased a drip irrigation system for strawberry production.   Haywood … View >>

2005 Farm: Skipper Russell

Skipper Russell has grown tobacco for 28 years and is now looking to transition from tobacco to bell peppers. In order to transition farm operations, Mr. Russell will need sticks, a plant setter, sprayer, and irrigation station. With the financial … View >>