Field Trip

N.C. tree shines as center of White House Christmas decor

N.C. tree shines as center of White House Christmas decor

A Christmas tree from North Carolina is now on display as the official White House Christmas tree and the centerpiece of the home’s Christmas decorations. The Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Ashe County is in the Blue Room. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden officially revealed the decorated tree along with the other White House […]

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With End of Days comes spirits to enjoy, not fear

With End of Days comes spirits to enjoy, not fear

[This article is the first in a series about North Carolina distilleries in honor of N.C. Spirits Month, which was first proclaimed in 2017. Each article is part of a “spooky spirits” theme ahead of Halloween.] Not far from the banks of the Cape Fear River you’ll find the End of Days Distillery. While a […]

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Among city streets, urban farm connects people to agriculture

Among city streets, urban farm connects people to agriculture

National Farmers’ Market Week takes place Aug. 2-8, 2020. Farmers’ markets across North Carolina offer communities access to fresh, nutritious food, while also stimulating local economies. National Farmers’ Market Week is a time to celebrate those who produce fresh foods in our state. Whether you visit a roadside stand or the State Farmers’ Market, take […]

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State Forests offer great options for Father’s Day outings

Father’s Day is just a couple of days away, and North Carolina’s state forests are great options for dads to get outside with their families. There are 10 state forests throughout the state – all managed by the N.C. Forest Service, a division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Three of […]

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N.C. Liver Mush Festival one of many canceled this summer

N.C. Liver Mush Festival one of many canceled this summer

Festivals are among the many things that won’t be normal in North Carolina this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many events to cancel or postpone. One that could certainly be considered one of the more unique and quintessential North Carolina events is the Liver Mush Festival in Marion. It was scheduled to happen on […]

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Live Easter pets require long-term commitments

Baby chicks, ducks and rabbits sure are cute, but they come with responsibility, too. This weekend, consider the long-term commitment they require before buying them for Easter baskets. Last year, more than 500 rabbits and 300 chickens were turned over to animal shelters in North Carolina. Dumping domesticated poultry or rabbits in wooded or rural […]

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Field Trip: Following a meat and poultry inspector

Field Trip: Following a meat and poultry inspector

NCDA&CS inspector Codi Brandon’s office is located at Piedmont Custom Meats, a slaughter and processing plant in Gibsonville. And at this facility, inspecting the animals is her job. She is one of about 85 inspectors located across North Carolina whose job is to supervise the humane slaughter of animals and to make sure the processing plant […]

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Field Trip: Riding along with a motor fuels inspector

Field Trip: Riding along with a motor fuels inspector

Most people pull up to the gas station about once a week to fill up their tank. Valerie Thoms, an inspector with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, pulls her mobile inspection lab to the gas station about four times a day. But it’s not because she drives a gas guzzler. Her job is […]

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