Joey Pitchford

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

Easements help provide peace of mind for farmers with strong connections to the land

By on July 30, 2019

In three decades working the land of his family’s Chatham County farm, Lin Andrew has never seen change quite like in the last five years. It is those changes, and the uncertainty they bring, that led Andrew to be one

Ag Sciences Center celebrates topping off ceremony

By on July 25, 2019

The new North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Ag Sciences Center passed a major milestone Thursday, as workers and NCDA&CS personnel celebrated the building’s “topping off” ceremony. Gathered at the building’s construction site at the corner of Reedy

Farmer on the Mall brings fresh produce downtown

By on June 21, 2019

It’s 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning in downtown Raleigh and, like clockwork, the Farmer on the Mall is open for business. Both the farmer — Roger Ball — and his produce stand have become something of a fixture in downtown

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