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a sesame plant in a field

Mar 20, 2023

Open Sesame Seeds

Planting a new crop like sesame can be risky for farmers. In this episode of Farms, Food and You, Extension Specialist David Suchoff highlights efforts to cover the start-up costs for North Carolina farmers. 

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Feb 15, 2023

Finding Your Niche

On this episode of Farms, Food and You, Doris and Donald Kidd — some of the few producers of elephant garlic in the state — share what it means to be a niche farmer and how the Black Farmers Market helped them expand their scope. 

a community garden growing green plants

Jan 17, 2023

Building a Community Garden

In this episode of the Farms, Food and You podcast, Cheralyn Berry, Extension specialist and director of the Briggs Avenue Community Garden in East Durham, shares her perspective on the vital role of community gardens. 

pink poinsettias in a greenhouse

Dec 14, 2022

‘Tis the Season for Poinsettias

This time of year, tabletops, lobbies and front doors are adorned with the rich red velvety leaves of the unofficial Christmas flower: the poinsettia. This episode of Farms, Food and You discusses the poinsettia's surprising history and its colorful future. 

A dog and its trainers looking for truffles outside

Nov 16, 2022

This Truffle’s No Trifle

Man's best friend helps unearth a potentially lucrative crop in western North Carolina. NC State Extension's Katie Learn talks about these rare delicacies and what Extension is doing to help truffle growers. 

An aerial shot of the North Carolina State Fair at night

Oct 12, 2022

The North Carolina State Fair, So Happy Together

Once again, it's time for the North Carolina State Fair. On this episode of Farms, Food and You, we’ll hear from North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner and NC State University alumnus Steve Troxler to talk all things State Fair. 

Flooded agricultural fields after Hurricane Matthew

Sep 2, 2022

Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and here in North Carolina, that includes bracing for peak hurricane season. This episode of Farms, Food and You discusses how NC State Extension helps counties prepare and recover from these destructive storms. 

little seedling sprouting on a metal tray

Jun 23, 2022

Farms, Food and You: Plants in Space

Farms, Food and You talks with professor Marcela Rojas-Pierce to learn about an out-of-this-world experiment involving plant biology and what it means for the future of agriculture practices at home and beyond our atmosphere. 

nc state baseball field

Mar 16, 2022

The (Turf)grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

If a whiff of fresh-cut grass makes you start humming “Take me out to the ball game,” then you’re either itching for spring training, passionate about turfgrass management, or both. 

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Feb 16, 2022

Carolina Gold Rice Rush

In the 1800s, Carolina Gold Rice covered thousands of acres in the Tidewater Region before a series of hurricanes wiped out crop production. Now, it's making a comeback thanks to ambitious farmers in Pamlico County.