Joey Pitchford

Apiary program keeps bees buzzing

By on June 18, 2019

In honor of National Pollinator Month June 17-23, we are highlighting some of the apiary services of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Tucked in a clearing off the side of Chatham Street in Cary, hundreds of honeybees

Hemp industry sees explosion of interest

By on May 24, 2019

By Joey Pitchford Since the passage of the federal farm bill in 2018 legalized the growing of industrial hemp, interest in the crop here in North Carolina has exploded. Since the end of 2018, the number of licensed hemp growers

Program to help seniors make ends meet now in 50 counties

By on May 10, 2019

As part of its responsibility to handle all federal feeding programs at the state level, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Food Distribution division delivers food to low-income elderly people across the state through the Commodity Supplemental

Strawberries are a hit for N.C. Farm to School

By on April 22, 2019

North Carolina school kids listen up – strawberries are hitting the lunch menu. The N.C. Farm to School program, has delivered food from local farms directly to the schools for over 20 years. In 2018, sales from N.C. farms totaled

Farewell Ronnie Best

By on March 29, 2019

For Ronnie Best, Farmer’s Market Manager, the time has come to take a break. Best will start that break Sunday, when he officially retires after 19 years as market manager.  Best has worked at the market for 21 years, starting