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a wild venus flytrap

Sep 27, 2022

The Venus Flytrap: A North Carolina Native

Discover how—and why—the Venus flytrap snares its prey, efforts to ensure the health of this vulnerable species, and why it's never OK to dig one up in the wild. 

a joro spider on a web

Jul 7, 2022

One Giant Leap: Joro Spiders in North Carolina

It may be a bit soon to brand this giant spider as the Big Friendly Joro (BFJ), but it’s certainly not a menacing threat. 

a spider holding on to it's silk

Jun 24, 2022

The Amazing Spiders of North Carolina 

Occasionally frightening, always fascinating, most spiders are of the friendly neighborhood variety. Take a closer look and discover one of nature's most unique and beneficial animals. 

hemp field

Mar 14, 2022

A Budding Industry: North Carolina Hemp

Discover how hemp has taken root in North Carolina, its future as a viable crop for growers, and what that means for consumers across the state and beyond. 

air fryer on counter

Mar 7, 2022

Air Fryers 101: Fried Foods Without All the Grease

Whether you're just now unboxing that air fryer from last Christmas or you're looking to take your air frying game to a new level, we'll help you make the most of your air fryer. 

kale in a garden

Feb 28, 2022

Beware of False Spring: Winter Gardening Tips

A strong spring garden depends on care during the winter months. 

Dog smelling a mushroom

Dec 16, 2021

Why Mushrooms Grow In My Yard (Sometimes)

You may have noticed mushrooms popping up in your yard, almost like magic. We pull back the curtain to shed light on the fantastical world of fungi. 

freshly picked apples in a crate

Nov 26, 2021

How Sweet It Is: North Carolina’s Apple Economy

New York City might be the Big Apple, but North Carolina is big apple business. From seed to supermarket, NC State Extension explores how the state helps supply America’s favorite fruit. 

ripe and unripe tomatoes on the vine

Oct 1, 2021

Selecting the Best Tomato Varieties for Your Garden

Cheralyn Berry, N.C. Cooperative Extension agent in Durham County, knows a thing or two about growing tomatoes in the South. She can help you pick the right variety to survive and thrive in your home garden. 

a variety of crackers in a basket

Aug 2, 2021

Flour Power: Supporting North Carolina’s Wheat Industry

North Carolina produces upwards of 500,000 acres of wheat each year. Find out what happens before all of those grain-based goodies get to your store shelves and pantries.