A North Carolina farmer proves it’s OK to think outside the box when applying for a grant. Heck, you can even go hog wild.
Larry and Judy McPherson applied for a Rural Agriculture Reinvestment Fund (RAFI) grant to help transition their farm from organic vegetables to pasture raised animals. After harvesting trees, Uwharrie Farm called in their second string to help — pigs.
The five Berkshire and Duroc pigs are naturals at digging, helping to convert overgrown fields into cattle pasture.
An innovative and sustainable approach, adding the pigs to the mix fits under $8,000 RAFU grant qualifications. The grant also covers installing fence around the six acres and turning an old greenhouse into an animal shelter.