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Originally published: 2013-03-05 15:35:42
Last modified: 2013-03-05 15:35:42

Three Avery farmers receive WNC AgOptions grants

Matthew Hundley / (matthew.hundley@averyjournal.com)

Three farmers received grants totaling $15,000 from North Carolina Cooperative Extension for projects designed to diversify their operations in 2013. In total, 28 farmers in Western North Carolina received grants totaling $148,500. The three Avery County recipients were Jack Wiseman Jr. of D & J Trees, Boyd Clyde of Stines Farm and Tyler Buchanan of South Valley Nursery and Landscaping.
According to NCCE, Wiseman plans to use his grant of $3,000 to support a program designed to make Christmas tree production more viable by grafting Fraser firs on to root stock from Momi firs, which are naturally tolerant to root rot and other soil-born diseases that limit Fraser fir production to steep slopes. Wiseman is also working to cultivate native varieties of azaleas. According to NCCE, Wiseman’s approach maximizes the sustainability of his farm, which has operated full time since 1984.

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