Joey Pitchford

Firefly Farms rings in Halloween with Witch’s Haunted Barn

By on September 28, 2020

When Cindy Stubbs retired from veterinary medicine in 2008, all she initially wanted to do was “play in the dirt.” That desire quickly grew into what is now Firefly Farm in Hillsborough, and now Stubbs is ready to share her

Local governments face unique challenges in fighting farmland loss

By on September 9, 2020

Across North Carolina, farmland loss has accelerated at an unprecedented rate over the last 20 years. Between 2001 and 2016, around 6.7 percent of North Carolina’s total farmland was converted into residential and commercial land. That is the second highest

Did you know? Snail farming is illegal in North Carolina.

By on August 31, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Plant Industry division is responsible for combatting all kinds of harmful pests and invasive species, from the Spotted Lanternfly to the Gypsy Moth and more. There is one type of pest,

Farm Credit Farmers Market in Goldsboro thriving despite challenges

By on August 6, 2020

To say that the Farm Credit Farmers Market in Goldsboro has had an eventful first three years would be a gross understatement. From delays to hurricanes and global pandemics, the market has had a lot to contend with since it

Preparation pays off for pets during hurricane season

By on July 30, 2020

North Carolina is officially a full month into hurricane season, and given the state’s recent history with damaging storms it can only be a good idea to make sure you and your family are prepared. Among those family members who

James Lamb named 2020 Sunbelt Farmer of the Year

By on July 23, 2020

James Lamb is a busy man. As an environmental specialist with Prestage Farms Inc., Lamb spends his weekdays conducting compliance inspections on company farms across North Carolina and into South Carolina, as well as helping out over 200 contract growers

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