farm to school

Food Distribution director retiring after decades with NCDA&CS

After 36 years working in the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gary Gay is retiring at the end of this week. He’s been the director of the Food Distribution Division since 1994. When he started with the department in 1985, he didn’t imagine he’d stay for more than three decades, and he certainly […]

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N.C. Farm to School program brings strawberry season to students

N.C. Farm to School program brings strawberry season to students

This week NCDA&CS will deliver four tractor-trailer loads of North Carolina-grown strawberries to schools across the state. The deliveries happen thanks to the N.C. Farm to School program – a collaborative effort between the department’s Food Distribution and Marketing divisions. The program offers 26 North Carolina-grown foods to the state’s schools – from strawberries, apples, […]

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NCDA&CS recognizes Food Distribution warehouses for relief efforts

NCDA&CS is recognizing the Food Distribution division’s Butner and Salisbury warehouse staff for their extraordinary work as a team in this busy season. This was a great year for the team but both warehouse staff have been working extremely hard with disaster relief with Hurricane Matthew and Florence. In addition to these duties, both of […]

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Looking back at 2017: our year-in-review

With over 2,000 employees in 20 divisions and a presence in all 100 counties, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services touches the lives of North Carolinians every day. We have regulatory and service responsibilities that are wide-ranging, but all seek to support and promote the health and welfare of the residents of this state. […]

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News Roundup: Dec. 9 – 15

News Roundup: Dec. 9 – 15

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “INCREASED FOCUS ON SENECAVIRUS A IN SWINE,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio)Animal health officials are conducting more tests related to a relatively low-impact swine disease which symptoms mimic a major disease […]

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News Roundup: Oct. 21 – 27

News Roundup: Oct. 21 – 27

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “150th State Fair is in the books,” North State Journal: The N.C. State Fair finished its 11-day run on Sunday with the fourth highest visitor total in its 150-year history […]

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Recipe: Walking Meal

Recipe: Walking Meal

Spring is here and schedules are getting busy. This means eating healthy and well-balanced meals often take a back seat to what’s easy and quick.  Good nutrition is all about food choices that promote health and prevent disease. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve found a recipe that is quick, healthy, filling and combines […]

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School nutrition staff turn produce into edible arrangements

School nutrition staff turn produce into edible arrangements

School nutrition staff from across the state were encouraged to get creative and play with their food last week during the 2nd annual North Carolina Farm to School Produce Art Challenge. The competition was held as part of the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina’s annual conference. The Bladen County Helping Hands team earned bragging […]

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News Roundup: May 21-27

News Roundup: May 21-27

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Freeze Damage in Peaches Becoming Evident,”  Southern Farm Network: (Audio) Two late freezes, one in late March, the other in early April damaged the North Carolina peach crop, but it’s […]

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News Roundup: May 7 – 13

News Roundup: May 7 – 13

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Meet Asheville’s cauliflower power broker,” Asheville Citizen-Times: According to Kendall Huntley, thinking on your feet is a mountain thing. It’s in his blood like banjo music, like farming. The men […]

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News Roundup: Feb. 20-26

News Roundup: Feb. 20-26

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “N.C. Distillers Association Blazes a Trail of Its Own,” The Huffington Post: Scot Sanborn stood behind the bar and concentrated on a drinking glass. He wiped it clean and carefully […]

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