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Field-to-Fork Artisanal Bread & Pizza
Riverbend Nursery is operated by Brian Rollins. He cultivated landscaping plants for 35 years until the recession greatly affected the operation in the [...]
Sustainable Agriculture Tool Lending Library
This group of young farmers has built an equipment lending library that will allow its members to expand their farming operations without adding the [...]
“Hareloom” Beans Grown with Love
Calyb Hare is a young farmer with deep roots in coastal North Carolina and long-standing family ties to the land. He grows a variety of vegetables for his [...]
Sprouting Grain as an Alternative Feed for Goats
Hulan Johnston grows sprouted grain for an alternative feed for his goats in a low-input, low-energy system.
Building a Methane Digester
Tucker and Mackenzie Withington own Lilly Den Farm, a mixed livestock operation. Through first-hand experience, Tucker knows that there is a significant [...]
Transplanting Traditions: Season Extension for Southeast Asian Crops
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (TTCF) is a non-profit project of the Orange County Partnership for Young Children. The TTCF provides refugee [...]
Customizing a Grain Mill for Local Flour Production
Danny Cowan and George Allen operate Red Tail Grains. With their expertise in small scale farming, they are producing high quality, whole grains for the [...]
Vargas Farms: Growing Traditional Mexican Crops
Felix Vargas has implemented season extension methods for growing Mexican and Central American crops including jicama, passionfruit, and chayote.
Shrimp Production in a Closed-loop System with Biofloc Technology
Dr. Rachel Tinker-Kulberg is a professional researcher in plant biology and has acted as a scientific consultant on several small-scale aquaponic [...]
Passive Watering System For Livestock
Bluebird Farm received a grant in 2011 to implement a passive watering system, allowing the farm to expand pastured livestock production and enhance its [...]
Aquaponics in an Old Tobacco Greenhouse
The Worley Family Farm is seven generations strong with a long past of growing tobacco and other cash crops. They now grow hydroponically in a closed-loop [...]
Transporting Farm Products to Regional Markets
Transporting Farm Products to Regional Markets
Jeff Bender hopes to expand his vegetable and fruit production with institutional and wholesale customers, but the farm is limited by its ability to [...]
Dairy Farmer Builds New Micro-Bottling Plant
Ran-Lew Dairy received a grant to begin producing value-added products on his family's dairy. Through his project, he was able to begin producing bottled [...]
Building an Organic Small Grain Operation
Ben Haines and his father Kenny Haines manage Looking Back Farms in eastern North Carolina. They are among the few (and the proud) farmers in the state [...]
Carolina Gold Oil Company
R Britt Farms produces livestock and various commodity crops. In order to expand the farm operation and keep it profitable, Lee Britt, owner and operator, [...]
From Poultry Barracks to Goat Haven
Kay Doby raises Boer goats. Kay retrofitted an empty poultry house on her farm and created a goat barn for kidding, feeding, and housing the goats and for [...]
Vollmer Farm Educational School Tours
Russ Vollmer is a full-time farmer who comes from a long lineage of tobacco farmers. He uses his farm to educate school groups on agriculture and rural [...]
Chatham Rabbit: Building an FDA-Approved Processing Facility
Chatham Rabbit is a top producer of rabbit meat for restaurants and consumers. At present, Crystal has sold to more than 80 restaurants in her region. To [...]
Heritage Turkey Breeding
Charles Treis is a young farmer with a background in small-scale poultry production. He sees a gap in producing heritage turkey breeds. According to [...]
Building an On-Farm Fish Hatchery
Valee Taylor operates Taylor Fish Farm, an aquaculture farm that supplies grocers in North Carolina with fresh farm-raised tilapia. Stores that carry [...]
Mushroom Production In A Shipping Container
Ches Stewart operates Haw River Mushrooms. As a young operation, the farm lacked the proper infrastructure to increase yield and variety of mushrooms that [...]
Parasite Preventative Forage Solutions for Rotational Goat Grazing
Prodigal Farm is owned and operated by Kat Spann and David Krabbe. The farm raises and milks goats to produce artisanal soft and hard cheeses that have won [...]
Huck Accessibility Project (HAPpy)
Bob Reichel’s Huckleberry Trail Farm is a u-pick operation with a focus on agritourism. Most of the farm’s activities for the public happen in the fall and [...]
Local, Pasture-Raised Hog Farm Expansion Plan
Jennie Reese and her husband Jamie operate Ellington Farm in Manson. The farm has been in Jamie’s family for many generations, previously as a tobacco [...]
Bison Supplemental Feeding Demonstration Project
Sunset Ridge is one of the largest bison producers in North Carolina. Primarily serving local consumers, they sell bison meat products at the Carrboro and [...]
Buck Naked Farm’s Apiary Haven Project
Buck Naked Farm is an 86-acre farm that produces honey, jam, and other bee products. The farm was formerly an abandoned chicken hatchery that has since [...]
Sheep Traceability from Farm Gate to Your Plate
The goal of the Sun-Raised Farms collaborative project is to enhance their lamb quality and yield. Their specific objective is to identify breeds that both [...]
Re-Purposing Tobacco Bulk Barns
Dawnbreaker Farm is a 20-acre farm operated by Ben Grimes, who primarily raises livestock and produces eggs. The new farm is located on a historic tobacco [...]