Farm & Garden

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

Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension NC Peach Lovers Can Expect Good Offering of Late-variety Fruit (7/11/2017) - By Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS Peach lovers across the state can expect to find plenty of peaches for homemade ice cream, cobblers or just eating fresh. While a late freeze affected many orchards across the state, growers [...]
Figure from the USDA Draft Environmental Impact Statement - April, 2017 on GE Eucalyptus. Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees (7/6/2017) - A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree Well over a quarter of a million people and 500 organizations submitted comments yesterday rejecting the commercialization of ArborGen Inc.’s genetically engineered [...]
Source: California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) California EPA Is First US Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer (6/28/2017) - By Nathan Donley, Yesterday, the state of California announced that as of July 7, 2017, it will list glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world, as [...]
NC Forest Service seedling in field. Source: Brian R. Haines, NC Forest Service. NC Forest Service Nursery Program Accepting Seedling Orders Beginning July 3 (6/28/2017) - By Brian R. Haines, NC Forest Service The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will begin accepting orders for seedlings July 3, 2017. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for 47 species of [...]
USDA Organic Seal NCDA&CS Offers Organic Certification Cost-share Assistance (6/20/2017) - By Heather Barnes, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Organic growers in North Carolina may apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the [...]
Entry gate at The Black Sheep Asylum, Middlesex, North Carolina. Photo: Kay Whatley. Middlesex NC Nonprofit, The Black Sheep Asylum, Plans Fundraiser (6/12/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Black Sheep Asylum in Middlesex, North Carolina takes in animals with nowhere to go. The nonprofit provides services to humans through animal therapy. The asylum provides a safe place for [...]
Source: Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp. Hemp History Week Launches Nationwide June 5-11, 2017 (6/5/2017) - Advocates Promote Sustainability Benefits of Organic Hemp, Innovative Hemp Technologies and the Need to Lift Federal Prohibition on Hemp Farming By Lauren Stansbury ( and Tom Moylan ( The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp launched the 8th [...]
The Hemp University mod. event notice. Hemp, Inc. Hosts Hemp Educational Symposium, Plans Another on June 24 (5/26/2017) - Hemp, Inc.’s second, sold out, educational symposium (Farming HEMP for Profit™), through its Hemp University, was a phenomenal success. The symposium took place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Hampton Inn & Suites located at [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Host Public Online Meeting on May 30 (5/25/2017) - By Sandy Stewart, NCDA&CS Research Stations Division The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call/webinar to review and approve research pilot program applications. This online meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May [...]
NC Dept of Agriculture Expects Good Late-variety Blueberry Crop (5/22/2017) - “Blueberry Days” Planned for Raleigh and Colfax in June 2017 By Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS Despite a late March freeze that affected early varieties of blueberries grown in North Carolina, marketing specialists with the North Carolina Department [...]
Audience taking their seats for "Homeplace Under Fire" screening, Griffith Film Theatre, Duke University, Durham NC. Photo: Kay Whatley. “Homeplace Under Fire” Showcases Farm Advocates (5/19/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Driving to the Bryan Center at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, yesterday for the film screening of Homeplace Under Fire, I passed farms along the way. An “Eggs for Sale” sign caught my eye, [...]
Source: NC Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh NC. NC Farmers Should Prepare for Hurricane Season (5/17/2017) - By Brian Long, NCDA&CS Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, considering many are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew is a painfully [...]
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 [...]