Three Avery farmers receive WNC AgOptions grants
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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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