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Yancey County’s Ryan Wiebe was honored last month by North Carolina A&T State University when he received the 2014 N.C. Small Farmer of the Year Award.
Wiebe (pronounced “we be”) grows USDA-certified organic produce on his six-acre farm, cleverly named Wiebe Farmin’. During the peak growing season, the farm ships 3-to-5 tons of produce every week (including squash, cabbage, tomatoes, pumpkins and potatoes) — nearly 20 tons every year. Wiebe got his start in 2004 with the assistance of North Carolina’s Cooperative Extension Program and NCA&T.
“Ryan has established himself as one of the premier farmers in the state,” said Representative Michele Presnell. “He is giving back to the community and with his help, the next generation of farmers will see to it that the practice of farming — the backbone of the state’s economy — will continue in Western North Carolina.”