Exclusively funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

2010 Recipient: David Mackey

David Mackey Beef Freezers Grant Award: $3,000 David and his family are establishing direct sales of their natural and hormone-free beef and pork. They have a relationship with a processing facility that will butcher, wrap and deliver the finished product … View >>

2008 Recipient: Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones of Clay County is growing his goat operation by building shelter, constructing fencing and renovating pasture. The land in Fires Creek where he farms has been in his family’s hands for four generations, and now he resides there … View >>

2008 Recipient: Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller of Swain County is raising rare heritage breeds of hogs to sell naturally grown pork. He is renovating his barn, fencing and pasture with the grant. The costs involved in construction would have prohibited him from starting the … View >>

2005 Farm: Thomas Ruff

  Thomas Ruff and his wife Jamie have raised tobacco to support their family and pay for the family farm. This young family is working to transition from the lose of tobacco income by planting vegetables and small fruit trees … View >>

2004 Farm: Carl Patterson

  Carl is a full-time farmer who ordinarily raises produce to sell locally, tends bee-hives for honey, and since 1974, still farms burley tobacco. Searching for more stable commodities, Carl used his grant to assist in extensive field renovation and … View >>

2004 Farm: Kendy Sawyer and Bob Hines

  Kendy is expanding her farm operation into the sales of Dominique chicken production. Kendy is building a portable pen to raise exhibition and homestead quality birds for hatching eggs, eating eggs, and meat for sale. Expected income totals Grant … View >>