Farmers get grants to diversify farms

Farmers get grants to diversify farms

John Boyle

Asheville Citizen Times

Nearly 50 mountain farmers have received funding totaling $225,000 to help them diversify and remain viable.

Western North Carolina Agricultural Options disbursed the grants, which are for $3,000, $6,000 or $9,000.

 “It is exciting to see the wide variety of innovative ideas that have been awarded to farmers in Western North Carolina,” William Upchurch, executive director of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, said in a press release. “These great projects can meet the demand and desire for local products by consumers, and this program will continue to help these family farms stay in business.”

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