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2014 Recipient: Goldfinch Gardens

  Cedar and Ben are diversifying their vegetable enterprise with the addition of meat sheep. They have purchased 12 ewes and will purchase one ram and begin breeding in late summer. They are constructing a secure shed and paddocks for … View >>

2014 Recipient: Ruff B Farm

Chauncey Barber, Ruff B Farm Barber Boys’ Beef Grant Award: $3,000 Responding to an untapped market for freezer beef in Polk County, Chauncey is developing a portion of his existing hay and cattle farm to better accommodate steers and heifers. … View >>

2014 Recipient: Shady Place Farms

Neal and Ava have constructed a dedicated space on their farm for storing and marketing freezer beef to individuals and eventually restaurants. Their aim is to display a professional and sanitary image, “one that shows customers we are committed to … View >>

2014 Recipient: Bingham Farm

Jeff is improving his cattle working facilities, housed in a converted tobacco barn, by adding a scale, sorting pens, electrical power and an upgraded chute system. He is also creating an on-farm shop to sell freezer beef and other products … View >>

2013 Recipient: Brothers on Farms

Susan Epps Ward, Brothers On Farms Lamb Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Susan and her sons Dmitry, 13, and Andrei, 12, are adding all-natural grass-fed lamb to their growing farm business, which currently includes mushrooms, heirloom vegetables, rabbits, and specialty garlic … View >>

2012 Recipient: Mackey Farms

Dewain Mackey Mackey Farms Grant Award: $6,000 — Meat Processing and Storage Facility Dewain is constructing an on-site meat processing and storage facility to better meet customer demand for pork, chickens, rabbits and turkeys. He can safely and sanitarily process … View >>

2012 Recipient: Cherryfield Farm

William and Glenda Newell Cherryfield Farm Grant Award: $6,000—Sheep Expansion Project William and Glenda are expanding their lamb meat operation by adding approximately 10 additional ewes, increasing their herd to 40 breeding ewes. The purchase of livestock handling equipment enhances … View >>

2012 Recipient: GOat GREEN farm

Ryan Norris, GOat GREEN Farm Goat Leasing and Meat Grant Award: $6,000 Ryan is establishing permanent fencing at his farm, where he raises meat goats that are rented to landowners to control unwanted brush. The additional eight acres for grazing … View >>

2011 Recipient: Loretta Ball

Loretta Ball Craggy View Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Farm Stand Loretta is building a farm stand on the Barnardsville Highway in Weaverville. At the retail store, she sells her greenhouse plants as well as locally grown and organic produce, … View >>

2011 Recipient: Ryan Norris

Ryan Norris GOat GREEN Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Goat Land Clearing Ryan is leasing out his meat goats to land owners as a means of clearing invasive plants such as oriental bittersweet, multiflora rose and kudzu as an alternative … View >>