Joey Pitchford

Rice Krispies Treats with Chocolate and Pretzels

By on April 1, 2020

So, you’re stuck at home. It’s a familiar situation for many people right now. Staying inside and working from home has become the new norm as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Being shut in all day comes with

Warm weather brings challenges for beekeepers

By on March 28, 2020

Bee populations in North Carolina are on the upswing, and that means just one thing for beekeepers: you guessed it, more work. Warmer weather means more bees, and more bees means an increase in the predatory varroa mites that can

Happy Weights and Measures Week!

By on March 5, 2020

Happy Weights and Measures Week 2020! Weights and Measures week is celebrated every year from March 1-7, to commemorate President John Adams signing the first U.S. weights and measures legislation into law on March 2, 1799. To mark the occasion,

Recipe: sweet potato soldiers

By on February 28, 2020

February is almost over, which means that National Sweet Potato Month is coming to an end. It’s only right that we end off the month with one more sweet potato dish, and one that might just help satisfy your sweet

Charlotte’s Stoke finds new ways to use local produce

By on February 24, 2020

Even in the heart of North Carolina’s biggest city, it’s not hard to find farm-fresh food grown right here at home. That’s the idea behind Stoke, a Charlotte restaurant located in the Marriott City Center at 100 W. Trade St.

Ag Program Thriving at University of Mount Olive

By on February 5, 2020

For the University of Mount Olive Agriculture program, the strategy can be summed up by a simple phrase – see a need, fill a need. That philosophy has seen the program’s enrollment grow from the single digits in 2002 to

Southern Farm Show to include conservation panel event Feb. 5

By on January 27, 2020

Anyone curious about land conservation programs and opportunities and who wants to learn more can do so Feb. 5 at the Southern Farm Show. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farmland Preservation Division will hold a forum

Weights and Measures inspectors help keep customers safe

By on December 4, 2019

With colder weather closing in, making sure your home is well-heated is especially important right now. Many people across North Carolina rely on propane to heat their homes and power their appliances. Check out the video above to learn about

Nature preserves help protect rare species

By on September 30, 2019

Standing on a rock face on top of a mountain tucked away in Western North Carolina, Lesley Starke looks for a flower. Starke, Plant Conservation Program Manager with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is not after

Plates Kitchen focuses on local produce, old- school recipes

By on August 8, 2019

In recognition of National Farmers Market Week Aug. 4-10, we are highlighting a local chef who makes the State Farmers Market in Raleigh a regular stop for his restaurant shopping list. For Jake Wood, executive chef at Plates Kitchen, cooking