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Funding and Support

Supporting the NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program

Our program is almost completely funded by grants and gifts. If you value this program, we would appreciate your financial support. To become a Friend of the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program, you can donate online here or print out this form and mail it in with your check. If you donate online, please drop me an email ( at the same time indicating if it is okay to recognize you on this page or not (otherwise I won’t know and will keep you anonymous, but I like to post your names publicly!). Thank you for your support!

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Current Grant Funding Provided by

  • North Carolina Agricultural Foundation
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services New and Emerging Crops Program
  • USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program via NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • USDA Organic Research & Extension Initiative Grant Program
  • USDA Specialty Crop Research & Extension Initiative Grant Program
  • USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program
  • USDA AFRI Workforce Development Program
  • USDA Rural Jobs Accelerator Program

Current Funding through Research Agreements

  • Bejo Seeds
  • Tokita America
  • US Forest Service

Gifts provided to the Friends of the New Crops & Organics Program

In 2021:

  • Franny’s Farmacy (in-kind)
  • Gaia Herbs
  • Nadja Cech
  • Red Moon Herbs
  • Waynesville Garden Club
  • Many anonymous donors

In Previous Years:

  • Amanda Vickers, Bent Creek Institute
  • Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
  • Asheville Truffle Experience
  • Ben Gilbert
  • Blue Mountain Pizza
  • Bob Bero, B-Hoppy Candy
  • Cecelia King
  • Charles King
  • Corey Pine Shane
  • Curtis Meissner
  • Dave Slater
  • David Hofshi
  • David Kendall
  • Ellen Rubenstein Chelmis
  • Enza Zaden
  • Frank H. McDowell
  • Gaia Herbs
  • Gary and Susan Ward
  • Golden Needle Acupuncture Supply, Barry Thorne
  • Greg Jackson, Brandt
  • Herb Society of America-NC Unit
  • High Mowing Seeds
  • Howard Covington
  • Jack Weaver
  • James Hager
  • Janell Kapoor, Ashevillage Institute
  • Jeannie Dunn, Red Moon Herbs
  • John McEvoy
  • Johnny Crisson, High Valley Ginseng
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds
  • Judith Rybicki
  • Kenneth Spadola
  • Laura Kaderabek
  • Lisa Hager
  • Lori Lacy, Appalachian Growers
  • Lorri Burra, Green Heart Gardens
  • Margaret Townsend
  • Mark and Terry Willis
  • Mary Wallace
  • Mary Wiebe
  • Michelle Lewis, Riverwood Farm
  • Nan Covert
  • Nancy Long
  • NC Arboretum Society
  • NC Unit of Herb Society of America
  • One World Brewing Co.
  • Organic Growers School
  • Pangaea Plants LLC
  • Rebecca King
  • Rock Gremillion
  • Rita Pelczar & John Wright
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Stan Driver, Hoot n’ Holler Hops
  • Steve Propst
  • Susan Coleman Fedor
  • Thomas G. Miller
  • Transylvania Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers
  • Troy Ball
  • Travis Long
  • Trent Gilland
  • Twisted Trunk Brewing Co.
  • Vitalis Seeds

And the many others who have donated anonymously or have donated on-line and did not state that their names could be posted. Thank you!