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2021 Recipient: Jackson Farm

Marc Jackson, Jackson Farm Beef Working and Feeding Facility Grant Award: $6,000 To facilitate the success of a rotational grazing system he is initiating in partnership with a Tennessee grower, Marc intends to build a working and loading facility where … View >>

2021 Recipient: Headwaters Market Garden

Savannah Salley, Headwaters Market Garden Caterpillar Tunnels for Organic Vegetable Production Grant Award: $6,000 Organic Production Having farmed successfully on leased land since 2017, Headwaters Market Garden purchased farmland in Polk County in 2020. With the goal of expanding their … View >>

2021 Recipient: Butterfly Cove Botanicals

Renea Winchester, Butterfly Cove Botanicals Medicinal Herb Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 In the wake of the COVID crisis, many people became first-time gardeners and the demand for seeds skyrocketed. There was also an increased demand for medicinal herbs, particularly elderberry … View >>

2021 Recipient: Daffodil Spring Farm

Dave Walker, Daffodil Spring Farm Scaling Up Vegetable Production Grant Award: $3,000 With the main goal of achieving greater farm revenue through diversification and resiliency, Dave will create a wash and pack line to be housed under a covered shed. … View >>

2021 Recipient: pleb urban winery

Chris Denesha, pleb urban winery Expanding and Protecting our High Country Vineyards to New Varietals Grant Award: $6,000 Working with a network of farmers, Extension agents and academic researchers, Chris’s goal is to establish western North Carolina as a unique … View >>

2021 Program

View the 2021 recipients. Mission of WNC AgOptions: Building sustainable farming communities in our mountain region by providing resources directly to farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations. The ultimate goal of WNC AgOptions is to protect mountain farmland … View >>

2021 County: Buncombe

– SD Morgan Farms; Hay Accumulator and Hay Grapple
– Sporadic Farms; On Site Cold Storage Building
– Black Trumpet Farm; Increased Efficiency and Output in Gourmet Mushroom Production … View >>

2021 County: Clay

– Mountain Cheesery, LLC; Milking Room
– Brothers on Farms; Commercial Equipment/Freeze Dry Equipment
– D & M Russian Apiaries; Apiary Expansion and Equipment Upgrade … View >>