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2021-2022 Farm Grants

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Agritourism

Hector Lopez from Durham received an NC AgVentures grant to build facilities forthe agri-tourism business.

Valarie Jarvis of Durham will use the grant to open a fully functioning, solar-powered farm store offering proteins and local produce for the community.

Emma Hendel of Pfaftown will use the grant funds to purchase retail display, and cold storage to transform their existing barn to a year-round farm store.

Janice Fine of Denton will use the grant funds to modernize the produce packing facility and on-farm store.

Susanne Hawkins of Burlington received a grant to add a shelter to a roadside vegetable and plant store.

Nikki Long of Mocksville will use the grant to increase retail store capacity to provide more locally sourced products to the community.

Paul Krawiec of Statesville will use the grant to add blackberries to his U-Pick Blueberry business.

Jeffrey Wood of Willow Spring will use the grant to construct a farm stand on our existing family farm.

Cole Strickland from Nashville will use the grant to build a storefront and increase freezer storage capacity.

Jeff Sykes from Mebane will use the grant to build a store front for their farm store and growing agri-tourism business.

Rebecca Sorensen from Chapel Hill will use the grant to renovate a barn into an ADA compliant structure so that all guests feel welcomed and safe.

Livestock, Poultry, Dairy

Geoff Morrison from Liberty received an NC AgVentures grant to expand his livestock production.

Robert Stovall of Wadesboro received an NC AgVentures grant to purchase cheese making equipment.

Evan Walker of Crumpler received an NC AgVentures grant to purchase livestock scales for his beef and swine farm.

Dana Nicholson of Tobaccoville will use the grant to increase livestock grazing capacity.

Larry Wester of Fuquay Varina will use the grant to build a new hay shelter.

Ritchie and Beverly Roberts from Hillsborough will use the grant to purchase a Safety Zone Calf Catcher and ATV to work cattle safely in the field.

Charles Hickerson from Franklinville will use the grant to expand the number of milking goats in his herd, which will increase the volume of milk to be sold and support expansion of cheese making operations for others.

Seth Durham from Reidsville will use the grant to convert an old pack barn into a cattle working facility.

Produce

Sonya Weavil from Graham received an NC AgVentures grants to expand her microgreens production.

Paige Smith of Vilas received an NC AgVentures grant to purchase and install portable freezer space to store and transport product.

Tori Ostwinch of Conover will use the grant to build a 20×30 metal building on the farm for storage of amendments, tools, equipment, and vegetables.

Jennifer Rosecrans of Lexington to expand market vegetables such as baby greens, and high quality, gourmet root vegetables to grow year round.

Cody Water of Rocky Mount will use the grant to purchase a stainless steel media filter for crop irrigation.

Joel Stroot of Dallas will use the grant funds to add sustainable irrigation to an organic permaculture elderberry and fruit orchard.

Frankie Lineberger of Dallas will use the grant funds to diversify farm income stream through an elderberry products business.

Eryn Godwin of Benson will the grant to purchase plastic-culture equipment.

Jason Barbour of Four Oaks will use the grant to acquire a precision GPS unit for my self-propelled sprayer.

Stanley Hughes from Hurdle Mills will use the grant funds purchase a skid steer and sweet potato bins for curing and stacking.

Changhe Zhou from Chapel Hill will use the grant to expand his crop of Ecorganic melons and cucumbers.

Gary Foote from Farmville will use the grant to construct a greenhouse to extend the growing season for ginger and turmeric crops

Speciality and Flowers

Lindsey Chinni from Burlington received an NC AgVentures grant to build a walk-in cooler and beekeeping/honey storage.

Adam and Mecca Lowe of Glade Valley received an NC AgVentures grant to create a working sorghum syrup production facility.

Sarah Shumaker of Blanch received an NC AgVentures grant to repurpose an old dairy milk parlor to add space for more events and inventory to increase revenue for her cut flower business.

Emily Fuller of Siler City will use the grant to add to the farm’s perennial rose garden.

Ben Geiger of Denton will use the grant to build a shaded high tunnel with specialty irrigation for summer lettuce and mushroom production.

Jonathan Almond of Mocksville will use the grant to diversify current farming operation by adding cut flowers and produce.

Beth Gayden of Louisburg will use the grant to increase the size of the existing indoor mushroom operation by renovating an old schoolhouse trailer into a larger lab facility and spawn growing room.

Julia Rogers of Huntersville will use the funds to build a walk-in cooler to store cut flowers.

Marilyn Fincher from Nashville will use the grant to purchase hoop house materials for her flower farm.

Lynn Baker will use the grant to renovate a vacant field by installing perennial shrub for cut-flower production.

Technology

Michael McSwain from Lawndale will use the grant funds to renovate/add to a rebaling system to increase efficiency and lower labor costs.

Cynthia Stubbs from Hillsborough will use the grant to add a second well with a solar-powered well pump as a water source for currently underutilized acreage (approximately 10 acres).

Renee McPherson from Mebane will use the grant to purchase equipment to make her wildlife food bagging system more efficient.

Community Grants

Alamance County Extension received an NC AgVentures grant to purchase portable livestock scales for producers to rent.

Davie Soil and Water received a grant for portable cattle handling equipment for livestock producers (small, new and with inadequate facilities) to rent and improve the ability to manage cattle on their operations.

Durham Farmers Market in Durham will use the grant to purchase a computer to create marketing materials and a tablet to help with vendor sales.

STEMZ of Winston-Salem will use the grant to add a second local-only floral distribution hub to expand capacity to serve NC flower farms.

Cobblestone Farmers Market of Winston-Salem will use the grant to purchase cold storage for market vendors to maintain product freshness.

Harnett County Extension in Lillington received a grant to build an equipment shelter at the Harnett Extension office to house equipment that is used by area farmers.