Farm & Garden

US farm and garden news, events, and related information, along with special farm-issues coverage in North Carolina and beyond.

Fresh-picked Strawberries. Photo: Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. NC Strawberry Growers Expect Second Wave of Crop (4/19/2017) - Events Planned in May in Raleigh, Colfax, and Charlotte NC By Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS It has been about a month since most areas of North Carolina saw their last freeze, and for local strawberry growers and [...]
Hemp Oil photo source NCDA&CS. Public Support Needed for NC Pilot Program Farmers Seedless Due to DEA (4/18/2017) - Help is needed from Advocates and Supporters of NC Industrial Hemp Farming, and the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA) Board of Directors and its Volunteers issued a plea asking for the public’s help. The [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Accepting Applications (4/13/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor North Carolina farmers interested in growing industrial hemp may be planting soon. The state’s Industrial Hemp Commission, formed late last year, released the first rules in early 2017. The new rules will [...]
Donkey close-up. Source: Donna Campbell Smith Donkey Management is Not the Same (3/27/2017) - By Donna Campbell Smith On the way to lunch with a friend, I passed four pastures with a donkey. Two were with horses, one with goats and one with cattle. More and more folks are [...]
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services seal. NC Agritourism Farms Offer Various Activities for Spring (3/21/2017) - Activities Planned at Farms in Alamance, Beaufort, Buncombe, Chatham, Cleveland, Columbus, Johnston, Lincoln, Orange, Person, Polk, Randolph, Sampson, Stokes, Union, and Wilkes counties By Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS From Easter egg hunts and Mother’s Day events to [...]
Example Soil Sample Form. Source: NCDA&CS, Raleigh NC. Take Soil Samples to Know Plants’ Spring Fertilization Needs, Says NCDA&CS (3/20/2017) - By Jagathi Kamalakanthan, NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Div. Spring is the best time to fertilize your shrubs as it promotes optimal growth with healthy foliage and abundant flowers. Well-fertilized shrubs not only improve the aesthetics of [...]
Piedmont Farm Tour 2017 logo. Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro NC. 35 North Carolina Farms on the Piedmont Farm Tour (3/19/2017) - Connect with the Source of Your Food on the 22nd Annual Piedmont Farm Tour By Leah Joyner, The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Weaver Street Market are opening the barn doors on 35 sustainable [...]
2017 Dig In! in Raleigh NC provided gardening and food-oriented lectures. Source: Kay Whatley. Dig In 2017 Educated Many on Growing Food Everywhere (3/6/2017) - Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) brought together hundreds for their annual, educational Dig In! event. Held March 4, 2017, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NC, teachers, child care providers, nonprofit representatives, community advocates [...]
RAFI Come to the Table 2017 Conference. Source:, Pittsboro, North Carolina. RAFI Come to the Table Conference Offers Food, Faith, and Farm Advocacy (2/21/2017) - The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) 2017 Come to the Table Conference is a biennial gathering of food, faith, and farm advocates focused on relieving hunger and strengthening local, sustainable agriculture in North Carolina. This year’s conference [...]
Young tomato plant. Source: The Whatleys. NC Tomato Growers Plan Referendum in March 2017 (2/18/2017) - By Jack Ruff, NCDA&CS On February 16, 2017, it was announced that the NC Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. [...]
Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference Source: Organic, Livestock Focuses of Mount Olive NC Conference (2/6/2017) - The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is holding a conference for NC farmers and growers. The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference: A Training Event for Commercial-Scale Growers is scheduled for March 6, 2017. The conference includes presentations [...]
Source: Linnea Wardwell, Black Mountain NC Site of Herb Symposium June 2-5 (2/6/2017) - Registration is open for the 2017 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, scheduled for June 2-5, 2017, at Blue Ridge Assembly, 84 Blue Ridge Circle, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. This year’s symposium theme is “Inflammation and Botanical Medicine.” [...]
Soyini Guyton will keynote Dig In! Source: Michele McKinley, AHA. Dig In! Local Food “How-To” Workshop in Raleigh on March 4 (1/31/2017) - Urban Ag and Community Gardens Providing Healthy, Local Food Access Across Wake County By Sara Merz and Michele McKinley, Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) presents its 8th-Annual Dig In! on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:15am-2pm, to [...]
Source: Honeybee photo via Friends of the Earth Calls for US EPA to Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides (1/13/2017) - “EPA Botches Bee-Toxic Pesticide Risk Assessments” By Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Friends of the Earth On January 12, 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, thiamethoxam and [...]
Zera™ Food Recycler design may turn food waste into fertilizer for the garden much faster than compost. Additive packs and filters are required. An IndieGoGo campaign is raising funds. Source: Whirlpool Corp. Zera™ Food Recycler Turns Kitchen Scraps into Fertilizer in 24 Hours (1/13/2017) - Online Crowdfunding Campaign by Whirlpool Corporation Includes Pre-sales On January 6, 2017, Whirlpool Corporation announced the release of the Zera™ Food Recycler, a state-of-the-art kitchen appliance that turns today’s food waste into tomorrow’s fertilizer. This is the [...]
Source: North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh NC. Ag Development Forum at the NC State Fairgrounds on Feb. 2 (1/12/2017) - Economic Outlook, State of Agriculture Address on Tap at 12th Annual Event By Brian Long, NCDA&CS The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is hosting two events for farmers and agribusinesses. Both events [...]
USDA Says It will Ease Land Transfer to Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers (12/30/2016) - Allows for Transfer of Certain Conservation Reserve Program Land to New Farmers; Provides Priority Enrollment in Working Lands Conservation Programs By Kent Politsch, USDA Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam on December 29, 2016 announced that [...]
USDA Announces Grants Available for Organic Growing (12/8/2016) - USDA Announces $3.8 Million for Research to Help Farmers and Ranchers Meet Growing Demand for Organic Products By Kelly Sprute, The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today [...]
NC Industrial Hemp Association logo NC Industrial Hemp Association Plans December Meeting, Vote (12/5/2016) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association, a member organization working for statewide hemp growth and production, is holdings its first annual Voting Member and Board Meeting on December 12, 2016. The meeting is being hosted by [...]
Cover of NC Wildlife regulations booklet. Source: NC Wildlife Commission to Conduct 9 Public Hearings in 2017 (12/5/2016) - By Jodie B. Owen, The NC Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January 2017 on proposed changes to 39 agency regulations related to wildlife management, fisheries, and game lands for the [...]
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services seal. NC Agritourism Farms Hosting Fun Holiday Activities (11/30/2016) - MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016 By Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS Farms across the state are opening up to visitors for the holidays, offering choose-and-cut Christmas trees, winter hayrides, visits with Santa and other fun activities. “Agritourism is a [...]
NC Symposium Examines Human-Animal Health Connections (11/21/2016) - One Medicine Symposium Returns for 13th Year Dr. Anna Allen, NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division Veterinarians, physicians and other health professionals will gather in Durham next month to learn more about the intersection of human and animal [...]
Hemp Oil photo source NCDA&CS. First NC industrial Hemp Commission Draws Crowd (11/2/2016) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The first NC industrial Hemp Commission (NCIHC) meeting was held at the state fairgrounds on November 1, 2016, at 2pm. In addition to the newly appointed Commissioners was Mr. Troxler, a [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, 1st NC Industrial Hemp Association Meeting Postponed from Nov. 1 (10/6/2016) - **UPDATE received Oct. 6, 2016, from the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA): “We have been advised that the North Caroline Industrial Hemp Commission has been Appointed in full! The NCIHA is making efforts to meet with the [state] NCIHC in the near future. “Our originally scheduled Nov. 1st Meeting of the NCIHA has been postponed with a [...]
Vollmer Farm Movies on the Barn events return for Fall 2016. Source: Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. Vollmer Farm Play Area Open, Fall Bonfires and Movies on the Barn Planned (9/26/2016) - Vollmer Farm in Bunn, North Carolina, is opening its Back 40 farm play area on Saturday, October 1, 2016. As cooler weather becomes the norm, visit the farm and enjoy kids’ outdoor activities and family special events. On weekends, [...]
Baxter's Bees will be at the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market on September 24, 2016. Source: Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Spotlights Bees and Beekeeping (9/21/2016) - On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is featuring bees!  A beekeeper will be on hand, with a hive and fun activities, to educate all ages about bees and the work that [...]
Bobwhite Quail with Brood. Source: NC Wildlife Resources Commission to Host Wildlife and Water Quality Workshop (9/13/2016) - Released by Ryan Kennemur, The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will host an informational workshop for private landowners and those involved with agricultural production in Bladen, Sampson and Duplin counties. Topics will include [...]
Aerial View of the 27th Annual Taylorsville Apple Festival in 2015. Source: Taylorsville Apple Festival, Inc., Taylorsville NC. Vendor Spots at Taylorsville Apple Festival Filling Up Fast (9/8/2016) - The weather should be as crisp as the apples on October 15, 2016. The third Saturday in October, the Annual Taylorsville Apple Festival is expected to draw well over 30,000 visitors to shop at the vendor booths, [...]