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2004 Farm: Matt Rhea

  M. Rhea and his wife Tracey have worked with their local Cooperative Extension agent Skip Thompson to increase production and processing capacities of their trout farm. To increase revenue on the farm, Matt will use the grant money to … View >>

2004 Farm: Michael Coates

  M. Coates and his wife Kim needed a road-worthy transport trailer for hauling produce to tailgate markets and wholesale markets. In addition to expanding their ability to haul their produce Michael used his grant funding to plant 100 blueberry … View >>

2004 Farm: Nathaniel Darnell

  Nathaniel has expanded the production of his delicious mountain sweet onions in addition to spending time advertising the unique taste of the sweet onion. Expected income from 100,000 pounds of mountain sweet onions; $40,000. Nathaniel Darnell is working with … View >>

2004 Farm: Nathaniel Maram

  Nathaniel and his wife moved to Watauga County in 1998. They are interested in diversifying the production of their farm and exploring agritourism through their contacts in the Choose-N-Cut industry. The Maram’s plan is to propagate seeds of native … View >>

2004 Farm: Rhonda Fox

  Rhonda is transitioning a one acre of tobacco field into a pick-your-own blueberry business. The grant will also assist the family in updating the greenhouse for a variety of garden vegetables. The income from the greenhouse sales will help … View >>

2004 Farm: Richard Reece

  Richard Reece is a full time farmer who has grown tobacco for several years. Richard is looking at increasing his income but shifting to heirloom tomato production in next year. He would like to transition completely out of tobacco … View >>

2004 Farm: Robert Pierce

  Rob came to us with the proposal to utilize a two-acre parcel of land that is potentially suitable for organic vegetables. Rob’s goal was to eliminate conventional tillage and erosion, reduce undesirable chemical residue and run-off, and raise produce … View >>

2004 Farm: Ronnie Sparks

  R. Sparks has grown tobacco since 1965 but with the decline in income he is looking to diversity into nursery plant production. Ronnie used his grant money to transition one acre of tobacco into one acre of boxwoods starters. … View >>

2004 Farm: Russell Lyda

R. Lyda recently purchased seven and a half acres to start growing perennials and annuals for local florist. He has captured a niche market and is looking to expand to more local shops and wholesale dealers in the next year. … View >>

2004 Farm: Sandra Davis

  Sandra is collaborating with a neighbor to purchase equipment once used for a cooling, as well as purchasing a dehydrator, stretch-wrap machine, and composter for her produce stand. The grant will assist the family by expanding their local business. … 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 >>

2004 Farm: Taylor Mackey

  Taylor Mackey was looking to increase his time frame for events on his farm. He already operates a successful corn maze. By building a shelter on his property and making that available for rent, his operation has more to … View >>

2004 Farm: Terry Banks

  Terry Banks has been farming for over 30 years. He raised 70 acres of tobacco in the 70’s and 80’s to replace dairy income. Now Terry is experiencing another shift in market demands and is looking to reduce tobacco … View >>

2004 Farm: Waightstill Avery

  W. Avery owns a large Christmas tree farm that offers choose and cut from November to January. With the help of their local extension agent, W. Avery’s family will create a 3-4 acre corn maze marketed at new and … View >>

2004 Farm: Wayne Uffleman

  W. Uffelman is a full time farmer at Blue Hill Farm. His primary crop has been tobacco, but he has transitioned into vegetable and egg production. Wayne would like to continue to farm for a living and is looking … View >>