Imagine a pumpkin putting on 20, 30, even 40 to 60 pounds per day. It happens! With the North Carolina State Fair cancelled this year, the public won’t get to witness the Great Pumpkin and Watermelon Weigh-Off, but you can listen in as three North Carolinians with a passion for horticulture talk about the art, the science and the fun of growing giants.
Community Gardens: To Plant is to Believe
Community gardens can give people who don’t have much land the chance to grow food while connecting with others. At a garden on a former North Carolina plantation, refugees from Myanmar are reconnecting with their agrarian roots, producing the kinds of Asian vegetables that they and their ancestors grew before a long civil war caused them to flee.
The Future of North Carolina Agriculture
Farmers are the backbone of North Carolina’s $92.7 billion agriculture and agribusiness industry. What opportunities do industry leaders see as keys to a successful future? And how are NC State Extension and research helping position them to make the most of those opportunities?
Farmworker Health and Safety
Farmworkers are essential to our lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their work hasn’t stopped. Hear about the risks these workers face as they produce our food and about ways NC State Extension, its partners and other state agencies are helping lower those risks.
The Dine-In Revival
Stay-at-home guidelines have eased, and many North Carolina restaurants are reopening their dining rooms. In the latest episode of CALS’ Farms, Food and You podcast, guests share insights on COVID-19’s impact on restaurants and what the industry and NC State Extension are doing to keep guests and workers safe.
Agritourism: Heading Out to the Farm
Fall usually brings corn mazes, hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins and more ways to experience North Carolina farms, but the pandemic adds uncertainty for 2020. Learn more about how industry leaders and farmers are planning for the fall season and about a new app that will help you better connect with what’s in store.
Local Food, Local Opportunities
Interest in locally grown food has grown over the past two decades, and the pandemic has brought more attention to this important segment of North Carolina's agriculture industry. But it's also brought challenges and opportunities. Hear from two farmers, an economist and NC State's local foods program manager.
The State of North Carolina Agriculture
North Carolina’s agriculture and agribusiness industry remains a powerhouse, generating about one-sixth of the state’s income and jobs. Learn more about a recently released economic snapshot into the industry's impact, and hear what farmers and others have to say about the state of the industry today.
How That Pig Got to the Market
The pork you had for dinner last night? Farmers began working on it a year ago. But much has changed since then. Find out more about slowdowns at processing plants and how they could affect farmers and consumers for months to come.
Food, fiber and forestry industries contribute over $92.7 billion annually to North Carolina's economy. That's 17 percent of the state's $538 billion gross state product, according to "Agriculture and Agribusiness: North Carolina's Number One Industry."Source: CALS Economist Mike Walden