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2009 Recipient: Harvest Moon Gardens

Marsha Crites, Harvest Moon Gardens Herbs and Perennials – Grant Award: $6,000 Marsha has been in the nursery business for nearly 20 years, and now operates a day retreat for local businesses and non-profits. For the WNC AgOptions project, she … View >>

2009 Recipient: Salegee Farm

Joseph & Carol Doyle, Salegee Farm Heather & Lavendar Project – Grant Award: $3,000 “This grant has given us the ability to try more cultivars in this harsh mountain climate so that we understand lavender and heather better. It’s also … View >>

2009 Recipient: Nancy Odell, Geowild

Nancy Odell, Geowild Mountain Native Plants – Grant Award: $3,000 “Without the grant, this wouldn’t have been possible. The project would have gone on hold – without having the funds to buy the actual structure.”  ~ Nancy Odell Nancy, who … View >>

2008 Recipient: Bobby Williams

Bobby Williams of Graham County is starting a nursery specializing in native plants. He propagates more than 200 varieties, often times from seed collected in his nearby woods. He sells to nurseries, farmers’ markets and individuals, advertising in local newspapers. … 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 >>

2006 Recipient: Joel Mowrey

  Agri-Tourism Joel Mowrey was awarded the WNC Ag Options Grant to help him purchase and construct a 3,000 sq. ft. year-round greenhouse production space in Buncombe County. The Mowrey’s will use the greenhouse for the wholesale and retail production … View >>

2004 Farm: Dickie Jarret

  Dickie Jarret has created a radiant heating system for the floor of his greenhouse in addition to installing lights to extend his nursery’s growing season. With the help from his local NC Cooperative Extension agent Jerry Moody, in Avery … View >>

2004 Farm: Harold Buchanan

  H. Buchanan has grown tobacco for 45 years and is now looking to diversify his farm operation to grow rhododendron and azalea bushes. With the help of his Cooperative Extension agents Harold Buchanan will be able to supplement his … View >>

2004 Farm: Shared Blessings

J. Hooper and C. Rector are looking ahead to create supplemental income for their farm. They have created a long range plan including crop production and marketing ideas. Jackie and Charlene used their grant money to cover costs for seedlings, … View >>

2004 Farm: Josh Sorrells

  J. Sorrels’ family farm has grown tobacco for 7 years. Josh has his own business (Cold Mountain Nursery) to transition into the future of agriculture. Expected income from this project is $13,750 in the next two years. Josh Sorrells … View >>