Harnett County, Brian Parrish
Rondal McLamb from Dunn produces and processes grain fed cattle and hogs. He also operates a butchering shop. He will use the grant funds for a dual chamber high volume vacuum to seal meat cuts in the shop.
Johnston County, Agent Brandon Parker
Howard Kostelecky, of Kenly has been experimenting with small scale aquaponics systems for raising fish and vegetables. He will be using the grant funds to build a larger greenhouse and expand the aquaponics operation.
Wayne County, Agent Tyler Whaley
Kim Davis of Fremont received a small grant to develop a new business, Greenhouse Transplant Tray Steaming Services. Davis realized that tray steaming had become a necessity for tobacco growers since the original process to control pathogens, using methyl bromide is no longer available. Control of disease pathogens can be achieved by tray steaming at 175 degrees for 30 minutes. Davis, who has been growing tobacco transplants since 1990 will offer the service to tobacco growers in the region.
Wilson County, Extension County Director Walter Earle
Alan Sharp from Sims is part of a fifth generation family farm. He received a small grant to market their pork and sweet potatoes to a new customer base through the development of Sharps Farm Sweet Potato Sausage. Alan is working with NCSU Food Science Department to formulate the final product and design the packaging.
2014 GRANT PROJECTS
Wilson County (Agent Billy Little)
Deans Farm Market Commercial Kitchen Equipment
James Sharp operates a produce store known as Deans Farm, for retail sale of fruits and vegetables that he and neighboring farms produce. To help eliminate waste from over production and offer his customers more out-of-season options, he plans to build a certified kitchen in their farm store. They will purchase equipment to flash freeze and vacuum pack crops they grow, as well as the crops they purchase from other farms.
Forsyth County (Agent Mary Jac Brennan)
Sheep and Wool Equipment Expansion Project
Laura Frazier of Kernersville has built a cottage industry around discarded fleece. In addition to her own sheep, she collects the waste wool from two commercial sheep operations and re-purposes the wool into art supplies for artists and for clothing. She markets the wool at local markets and over the internet. Frazier plans to buy wool processing equipment and Electronet fencing to facilitate a more efficient system for rotational sheep grazing. See Laura’s blog page: FarmGirl Arts
Stokes County (County Extension Director Director Debbie Cox and Agent Randy Fulk)
Plum Granny’s Farm Community Kitchen
The Ferguson’s of King will develop a certified kitchen that can be used for the production and development of value-added products from their farm. The Ferguson’s will rent the kitchen to other local farmers and small food-based businesses in the area.
Surry County, Agent Joanna Radford
Chad Bullington of Pinnacle, farms the same land his parents, and grandparents farmed, but he believes that change is a necessary part of farming. With the grant funds he will purchase equipment to establish a bagging operation to sell small bags of corn and poultry litter, to a niche market of buyers who do not need bulk orders from the mill.
Yadkin County, County Director Colleen Church
Farm to Kitchen Dried and Frozen Prepared Foods from Sanders Ridge Farm
Cindy Shore is using the grant funds to purchase a commercial Dehydrator and Vacuum-Sealer to produce a value-added product line of both dried and frozen packaged ready to prepare soup mixes, vegetable side dishes, vegetable chips, teas, smoothie mixes, and herb/spice seasonings from the vegetables and herbs produced on their established organic farm.
The 25-acre farm has been in her husband’s family since the early 1900’s. His Great Aunt and Uncle grew tobacco and operated a diary. For the past nine years they have produced a wide variety of organically grown vegetables, herbs and flowers. They received the USDA Organic Certification for the entire farm in 2007.
(Agent Mary Jac Brennan) Initiating a New Market Plan by Creating a Value-Added Product
Livingstone Flowmeh-Mawutor has been growing Moringa, an herb supplement, on a small patch of land on a family farm in Forsyth County. Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world because it can be grown cheaply and easily and the leaves retain many vitamins and minerals. After three years of testing, Livingstone is preparing to expand production of dried Moringa leaf capsules. He will use funding to purchase processing equipment and supplies.