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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: Jackson County Farmer’s Market

Jackson County Farmer’s Market Community Kitchen Grant Award: $8,000 Project Leaders: Ron Arps, Vegenui Garden and Amy Grimes, Community Table The Jackson County Farmer’s Market will establish a community commercial kitchen, certified to meet N.C. Department of Agriculture requirements. The … View >>

2011 Recipient: Thomas E. Shepherd, Jr.

Thomas E. Shepherd, Jr. Headwaters of Poverty Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Specialty Poultry Thomas is raising and processing specialty poultry, focusing on poussins, three-week-old chickens. With the purchase of a brooder, grow-off pens and processing equipment, he is raising … View >>

2011 Recipient: Mary Ann Thompson

Mary Ann Thompson Traditional Delicacies Grant Award: $3,000 — Traditional Cherokee Delicacies Mary Ann recently started her forest delicacies business selling frozen and canned wild greens. She is also raising mountain crawfish, a traditional Cherokee forest food, in small-scale contained … View >>

2011 Recipient: Sue Mickey

Sue Mickey Appleberry Cove Farm and School Grant Award: $6,000 — Pure Dairy Goat Pet Milk Sue is expanding the production, processing, packaging and marketing of goat milk for pet food under North Carolina milk for pet food use guidelines. … View >>

2011 Recipient: Bao Yang

Bao Yang Mountain Spring Garden Grant Award: $6,000 — Bamboo Shoot Testing & Processing Approval Mountain Spring Garden is a unique U.S. producer of canned bamboo shoots. Bao is completing the necessary steps to bring the bamboo shoots to market: … View >>

2009 Recipient: Imladris Farm

Walter & Wendy Harrill, Imladris Farm The Bunny Barn – Grant Award: $6,000 The Harrills are full-time farmers, who have grown berries since 2000 to process gourmet jam to sell at open-air markets, festivals, online, groceries, restaurants and gift shops … View >>

2009 Recipient: Slagle Farm

Kathy S. & Daniel Tinsley, Slagle Farm Wool & Asparagus – Grant Award: $3,000 “I really appreciate the grant. It has really spurred me along to look at the business side of the farm.” ~ Kathy Tinsley Since 1954, Kathy … View >>

2008 Recipient: Doubletree Farm

For Cathy and Andy Bennett, owners of Doubletree Farm in Madison County, the grant is helping them keep Appalachian traditions alive. They are using the knowledge about molasses-making they’ve gained from their neighbors Peggy and Nathan Harmon, whose ancestors made … View >>

2008 Recipient: Joseph and Catt RedCloud

Joseph and Catt RedCloud of the Cherokee Reservation are expanding their herbal salves and syrups business with their grant. They offer educational workshops that highlight native Cherokee growing traditions.   EBCI Contact the Local Extension Agent