First Fruits Farm’s Fishing Derby is May 28

May 25, 2016

This Saturday, First Fruits Farm in Louisburg NC is holding a fishing derby. All ages are welcome, registration is free, and fishing prizes will be awarded. Make plans to join the fun at this third annual […]

Bunn Farm Blueberry Music Festival on June 25

May 23, 2016

Vollmer Farm’s “Blueberry Music Festival” returns for its second year. The celebration is especially poignant, as the farm is celebrating their blueberry crop while facing repercussions from their strawberry crop loss. They plan to make a […]

NC Nonprofit Plans Garden Plant Giveaways

April 19, 2016

Grow And Share Helps Get Gardeners Growing, or Helps Them Become Gardeners, to Increase the Local Food Supply Released by Grow And Share, Raleigh NC Over the next few weeks, tens of thousands of vegetable, […]

NC Industrial Hemp Assoc. Gathering Support

April 14, 2016

Industrial Hemp Farming Still Grounded in NC By Kay Whatley The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA) has been gathering funds to start the state’s new Industrial Hemp Commission. As soon as the association raises $200,000, the […]

“Woodstock” in Johnston County on April 23rd

April 14, 2016

Johnston Community College’s Holds Its Woodstock Family-Fun Event By Kay Whatley, Editor Johnston Community College’s Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center is making plans for its eighth Howell Woodstock event on April 23, 2016. Howell Woodstock is […]

Bunn NC Farm Plans Spring Opening Day

April 12, 2016

By Kay Whatley, Editor If you’ve been waiting to pick fresh strawberries right from a Franklin County field, April 15, 2016, is your opportunity. Vollmer Farm in Bunn NC is opening for Spring picking on April […]

Deans Farm Market Holds Spring Fling May 7th

April 12, 2016

By Kay Whatley, Editor A Wilson County family farm is holding their eighth annual “Spring Fling” festival to kick off the strawberry season and give families a fun day. The Spring Fling is scheduled for May 7, 2016, 10am-2pm, at Deans […]

Get Ready for the Piedmont Farm Tour 2016

April 6, 2016

Originally published March 17, 2016. Updated April 6, 2016 — Kay Whatley, Editor Piedmont Farm Tour Returns with Spring! The 2016 Piedmont Farm Tour is scheduled, rain or shine, for April 23-24, 2016. The tour […]

Farm-to-Fork Dinner is 4-H Fundraiser

April 4, 2016

Locally Grown Meal in Louisburg NC to Raise Funds for 4-H Club By Kay Whatley, Editor To raise funds for the local 4-H children, a farm in Louisburg NC is holding a Farm-to-Fork dinner the evening […]

Carolina FiberFest: A Ten Year Love Affair

March 22, 2016

Contributed by Carolyn Beasley Ten years ago a group of fiber lovers dreamed of a fiber event in Eastern North Carolina. With much work Carolina FiberFest was born. Carolina FiberFest’s mission is to: educate the […]

Boulder County Commissioners Ending GE Crops

March 21, 2016

Boulder County Commissioners direct staff to develop a plan for transitioning county-owned agricultural land away from growing genetically engineered crops Released by Barb Halpin, Boulder County Commissioners’ Office At a public meeting today, the County Commissioners directed […]

From Sheep to Chic

March 21, 2016

Franklin County NC Farmer Turns Flock’s Wool into Hats and More By Kay Whatley, Editor Stop by Clover C Farm and you might see Carol Cheves hard at work knitting fashionable accessories with yarn she’s made right […]

Visit with Donkeys During Local Book’s Launch

March 18, 2016

Local Writer Launches the Book of Donkeys at Donkey Day By Donna Campbell Smith & Shannon Hoffman Local writer Donna Campbell Smith will be launching her latest book published by Lyons Press, The Book of Donkeys, at […]

Seed Swap is March 12th at The GrowHaus-Denver

March 3, 2016

The GrowHaus Annual Event includes Vendors, Music, Kids’ Stuff, and More Released by The GrowHaus invites everyone to come to the annual Seed Swap! The event is March 12, 2016, from 10am to 7pm. All are invited to attend the party […]

Raleigh Dig In! Event Focuses on Food, Gardening

February 29, 2016

Dig In Returns Released by Advocates for Health In Action AHA and partner Marbles Kids Museum will host the 7th Annual Dig In! at Marbles on March 12, 2016, exploring urban agriculture, community gardens and edible gardens in school and […]

Miracle Fling in the Spring Enrollment Begins

February 27, 2016

“Cows Helping Kids” Call For Participants is Open By Kay Whatley, Editor The second annual Fling in the Spring cow show for special needs children and their families is now accepting registrations. Children will be paired up with […]

Grow And Share Begins 8th Annual Planting Season

February 22, 2016

Local nonprofit Grow And Share is preparing for their Garden Plant Giveaways, by beginning to plant seeds. They are seeking volunteers to “get their hands in the dirt” by holding planting days at their Raleigh greenhouse […]

Industrial Hemp Is Not For Hippies

January 16, 2016

Industrial Hemp May be Profitable for NC Farmers, Doesn’t Get People High By Kay Whatley Edited by Warren Williams (NCIHA), Kim Beaver, and Nicole Banks Before farmers can get industrial hemp seed in the ground, or even determine what their […]

Beekeeping Short Course Offered by Extension

January 15, 2016

Released by Colby Griffin, Extension Agent The Coastal Plains Beekeeping Chapter, in conjunction with the NC State Beekeepers Association and NC Cooperative Extension are offering a beginning beekeeping short course. Starting February 23, 2016. the […]

EPA Urged to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

January 8, 2016

Doctors, scientists, farmers, farmworkers and others from across the country ask for long overdue ban of neurotoxic agricultural chemical Released by Kari Birdseye (Earthjustice), Sara Knight (PANNA), Erik Nicholson (United Farm Workers), and Kimiko Martinez (NRDC) […]

Franklin County 4-H Open for New Members

December 29, 2015

The Dirt Club, a Franklin County 4H group that meets at Ray Family Farms, will have open enrollment in January and February 2016. The 4H is for children ages 5-17 as of January 1, 2016. Each […]

NC Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings

December 16, 2015

Released by Jodie B. Owen, The NC Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2016-17 seasons. Among […]

Mobile Deer Cooler Available for Free Rental

November 20, 2015

Released by Jodie B. Owen, Want to help feed the hungry? The NC Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the NC Wildlife Federation, is offering hunters free use of a mobile cooler to collect and transport deer safely to participating USDA-certified processors […]

Farm Aid 2014 Rocks Raleigh

September 14, 2014

Farm Aid 2014 Rocks Raleigh, Draws Awareness to Farm Issues The Grey Area news staff are thankful to the Farm Aid organization for providing us with access during this event. It was an incredible event […]

Keeping Biting Pests Away with Flowers & Herbs

April 11, 2014

Preparing in advance may help make summertime in the yard more comfortable. Planting herbs and flowers that are known to repel mosquitoes could mean fewer bites. Marigolds are used as companion plants for tomatoes. These […]

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