Byars Family Farms, a five acre farm in Southern Oklahoma within the Chickasaw Nation, grows 12 different varieties of vegetables that are sold at farmers markets, their farm stand, and a wholesale account. Their $5,000 grant allowed them to build a hoop house and fund a mulch layer. The hoop house will extend the growing season and provide a space to grow transplants for SNAP participants. The mulch layer will increase yields of produce by concentrating heat, water, and nourishment.
“In just a few months of season extension and added growing, we have been able to add our first long term wholesale account. This Spring of 2018 will be the first time we have a chance to sell seedling transplants to our community and to the Chickasaw Nation. However, the outreach of more season extension has reaped a benefit of being able to serve more people with voucher system at the farm.” ~ Tammy Byars, Farmer