Farming http://wunc.org en [VIDEO] Alamance County Dairy Farmer Has Innovative Idea That Might Save Farm http://wunc.org/post/video-alamance-county-dairy-farmer-has-innovative-idea-might-save-farm <p></p><p></p><p>Randy Lewis almost lost the family dairy farm in 2009. The price of milk had bottomed out, and costs for feed, fertilizer and fuel had gone sky-high.</p><p>"It was either find some other way to make money or sell the cows and quit," he says.</p><p>But Randy had an idea that might just save the farm. He's bottling milk right on-site. Of the 150 dairy farmers in the state, only five bottle their own milk. And Randy's figured out how to do it without shelling out a lot of money.</p><p>Watch the story here:</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:18:17 +0000 Carol Jackson 37828 at http://wunc.org [VIDEO] Alamance County Dairy Farmer Has Innovative Idea That Might Save Farm Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table http://wunc.org/post/exploring-gaps-americas-food-system-farm-table-0 <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Starvation is often considered a problem distant from the American experience.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But for many United States citizens, hunger is a way of life. And many of them live right here in North Carolina.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 27689 at http://wunc.org Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table Great Harvest For NC Christmas Tree Farmers http://wunc.org/post/great-harvest-nc-christmas-tree-farmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Jessie Davis started tagging trees for sale in his 500-acre farm in western North Carolina this fall, he noticed his </span>Frasier<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> firs were taller and brighter than they were in previous years. He knew the reason was simple: this was a rainy year.</span></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 26503 at http://wunc.org Great Harvest For NC Christmas Tree Farmers Scientist Discovers Alternative Use For Hog Waste http://wunc.org/post/scientist-discovers-alternative-use-hog-waste <p>The struggle over hog waste lagoons in North Carolina is decades long. Historically, the lagoons have caused several fish kills and contaminated the public water supply.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:17:28 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 25809 at http://wunc.org Scientist Discovers Alternative Use For Hog Waste African Farmers Cultivate Apple Trees From Historic NC Orchard http://wunc.org/post/african-farmers-cultivate-apple-trees-historic-nc-orchard <p><a href="http://www.nchistoricsites.org/horne/">Horne Creek Living Historical Farm</a>, a 1900s-era working farm in Pinnacle, North Carolina, is prized for its heirloom apples. The farm runs the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which is stocked with 400 varieties propagated by cuttings from trees all over the south. &nbsp;Now, apple trees cultivated with grafts from Southern Heritage trees are under the care of farmers in Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda, thanks to a project called Apples for Africa.</p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 21641 at http://wunc.org African Farmers Cultivate Apple Trees From Historic NC Orchard Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella? http://wunc.org/post/could-nc-tomatoes-provide-key-stopping-salmonella <p>Researchers at North Carolina State University are searching for <em>Salmonella</em> in North Carolina's tomato crops.&nbsp; The bacteria causes salmonellosis, a disease that can range from uncomfortable to deadly, and tomatoes in Florida and Virginia have been the sources of outbreaks. Despite North Carolina's close proximity and similar climate, local tomatoes have been safe from the pathogen. A team of scientists from N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is investigating why.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Avery Kleinman 20683 at http://wunc.org Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella? 'The Farmery' Wants To Reinvent The Grocery Store http://wunc.org/post/farmery-wants-reinvent-grocery-store <p>There’s a movement in the Triangle to reinvent the grocery store.&nbsp; A prototype of this new urban market is open for business at American Tobacco in Durham.&nbsp; It’s called <a href="http://www.thefarmery.com/">The Farmery</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The urban market is made out of a converted 20 foot by eight foot shipping container with living wall planters hanging outside. &nbsp;The concept of The Farmery is to grow and sell at the same site.</p><p>“Almost every person that walks by asks us a question, when, where, why, how, what’s this for?”&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:20:11 +0000 Leoneda Inge 18502 at http://wunc.org 'The Farmery' Wants To Reinvent The Grocery Store Refugees Tend Their Own Farm In Orange County http://wunc.org/post/refugees-tend-their-own-farm-orange-county <p>On 4 acres just outside Chapel Hill, nearly 150 <a href="http://nckarencommunity.org/home">Karen refugees</a> till the soil as they did back home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.</p><p><a href="http://ocpyc.wordpress.com/">Transplanting Traditions Community Farm</a> is educating locals about Burmese vegetables and cuisine, and teaching the refugees about American produce, with the eventual goal of setting them up as full-time farmers. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17977 at http://wunc.org Refugees Tend Their Own Farm In Orange County Why Are Honeybees Dying? http://wunc.org/post/why-are-honeybees-dying <p>The past year has been a bad one for America's honeybees, with commercial beekeepers reporting hive losses of up to 50 percent. Some blame the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder; others blame pesticides; and many scientists say we just don't know.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:14:53 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17610 at http://wunc.org Why Are Honeybees Dying? NC Farmers Wait For Details Of Federal Farm Bill http://wunc.org/post/nc-farmers-wait-details-federal-farm-bill <p>Farmers in North Carolina and around the country are keeping their eyes on Washington, where <a href="http://agriculture.house.gov/farmbill">Congress is crafting a new Farm Bill</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The Senate's version cuts more than $2 billion in agricultural spending per year, but includes about $100 billion in subsides over the next five years.&nbsp; President Obama has asked Senators to find more ways to save money, including cuts to a farm insurance program. Wed, 22 May 2013 15:31:52 +0000 Will Michaels 15786 at http://wunc.org NC Farmers Wait For Details Of Federal Farm Bill