Andrea Ashby

Andrea joined the department in 1996 after nearly six years as an award-winning reporter at both daily and weekly newspapers in the state. She earned a bachelors degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of Forsyth County, Andrea's first agriculture "job" was putting tobacco sticks in place for the stringers to do their jobs.

Small Snow Hill farmer has built his business through direct local sales of collards, heirloom variety sweet potatoes and greens

By on March 24, 2022

At 79 years old with a lifetime of farming experience to his name, James Shackleford of Snow Hill well understands the challenges of being a small farmer and making a living from the land. This year, he’s watching his input

Nationally recognized Bandys High School ag teacher found her tribe, now inspires the next generation

By on February 21, 2022

Laura Pugh Parker’s path could have taken many different directions, but the Bandys High School ag teacher knows she is where she was meant to be, doing what she meant to do. And, she knows one teacher can make a

Food traditions help define the holidays and spark joyful memories

By on December 22, 2021

Sheri Castle has been writing about food and talking about food professionally for 30 years, always with the goal of helping home cooks become more confident and passionate about cooking. She understands the powerful connection between food and holiday memories.

Triangle chef draws from his roots for classic Quiche Lorraine recipe

By on December 17, 2020

It seems fitting that Chef Serge Falcoz-Vigne serves up a classic French Quiche Lorraine recipe as a favorite. While quiches can trace their early origins back to Germany, the French are credited with expanding and defining the dish, establishing it

Charlotte restaurant brings local seasonality to the table

By on December 8, 2020

Charlotte restaurant Fine & Fettle prides itself on the use of locally-sourced and sustainable foods on its innovative menu. Located in the Canopy by Hilton in Charlotte, Chef Daniel Wheeler creates memorable dishes that give guests and diners an elevated

Quarantine Kitchen: Henry’s Restaurant

By on December 5, 2020

This year has been full of unprecedented times and situations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and individuals will be cooking at home this holiday season. That’s why we are bringing the dishes to you all month long in

Hickory Farmers Market is proudly serving its community

By on August 7, 2020

National Farmers’ Market Week takes place Aug. 2-8, 2020. Farmers’ markets across North Carolina offer communities access to fresh, nutritious food, while also stimulating local economies. National Farmers’ Market Week is a time to celebrate those who produce fresh foods

Food Distribution trucks and staff keep food moving to places of need

By on April 14, 2020

In a time when very little is predictable or consistent, the department’s 18 Food Distribution truck drivers have kept food moving to places that need it most. Those drivers are moving USDA commodities available through The Emergency Food Assistance Program

NCDA&CS sharing COVID-19-related financial assistance resources (updated 5/04)

By on March 30, 2020

COVID-19 has upended seemingly all aspects of our lives, including established markets and income sources for some. NCDA&CS is sharing financial assistance resources that we have learned about. Please note these resources are not offered by NCDA&CS. Contact information and

Study underway to help farmers produce malting barley for breweries

By on June 17, 2019

If NCDA&CS Agronomist Kristin Hicks has her way, in a couple of years North Carolina beer brewers and malting houses will have access to more locally grown malting barley rather than having to source that ingredient from farmers in the