Joey Pitchford

Farmland under threat part 1: What is the issue?

By on June 24, 2020

As residential and commercial development spread, farmland across America is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. According to a new American Farmland Trust report, “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States,” 11 million acres of farmland was either fragmented or

Gypsy Moth program stays proactive

By on June 11, 2020

It all started with a few errant caterpillars. In 1869, French entomologist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot brought the larvae of the Gypsy Moth across the sea intending to breed them with silkworms to create a silk industry in America. Instead, as

Baptists on Mission providing food boxes for those affected by COVID-19

By on June 1, 2020

When it comes to feeding the hungry, $1.6 million goes a long way. For Cary-based North Carolina Baptists on Mission, that money recently arrived in the form of a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, allowing the organization

Local restaurants offer take out and delivery options on Mother’s Day

By on May 6, 2020

It’s safe to say that Mother’s Day this year will be a little different than we’re all used to, but you can still treat mom to a great day if you know where to look. Despite lockdown regulations beginning to

Nurseries find ways to adapt to COVID-19

By on April 27, 2020

While stores of all kinds are closing their doors across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, as essential businesses, nurseries and other green businesses have found ways to make changes in order to stay open and provide their services. Food

State Forests are a safe way to get outdoors

By on April 16, 2020

After weeks of being stuck indoors, many people are understandably looking for ways to get some fresh air without putting themselves or other people at risk of contracting COVID-19. Many of North Carolina’s State Forests are still open to the

Distilleries take on a new product: hand sanitizer

By on April 13, 2020

Some distilleries across North Carolina are running a brisk business nowadays, but not for the product you might expect. Instead of producing the liquors, whiskeys, moonshines and spirited beverages that they are accustomed to, many distilleries have pivoted their operations

NCDA&CS employees donate equipment to local hospital

By on April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has already begun to stretch supplies thin at hospitals in North Carolina, but North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employees are already finding ways to help. Recently, NCDA&CS Agronomic Services division employees donated several boxes

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