November 25, 2015

NCDA&CS offers tips to care for fresh Christmas trees

Because Thanksgiving falls late this year, many Christmas tree growers are opening up early for the season. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages consumers to use proper techniques to care for their fresh trees. “Real Christmas trees offer a great addition to your holiday decorations, but they do need a little extra […]

Vance County Farm-City Week: Our Aging Farmers: A Looming Crisis For Our Nation?

If you happen to be a farmer, I have some important information for you: You’re not getting any younger. Sorry, don’t mean to get personal, but the 2007 Census of Agriculture reports that the average age for farmers in Vance County is almost 60. Nor is this phenomenon limited to our own community. For North […]

Vance County Farm-City Week: Soil Health: The Foundation Of Food Production

What’s the difference between dirt and soil?  The simple answer, dirt is dead and soil is alive! Soil is comprised of air, water, decayed plant residue, organic matter (living and dead organisms), and mineral matter (sand, silt, clay).  Healthy functioning soil needs to be able to sustain and nourish plants, soil microbes, and beneficial insects.  […]

Vance County Regional Farmers Market Handcrafted Holiday Market, This Saturday!

Come out this Saturday to the Vance County Regional Farmers Market November 21st, 2015 for our second annual Handcrafted Holiday Market! We will have a wide variety of craft vendors showcasing unique handmade products. Take care of your holiday shopping and support local businesses. Produce vendors will also be on hand so you can purchase […]

State Farmers Market hosting seasonal events

RALEIGH – The year may be winding down, but the State Farmers Market is ramping up with several special events planned between now and the end of the year. “We want to remind everyone that the State Farmers Market is open seven days a week, year-round. The only day it closes is Christmas,” said Agriculture […]

Vance County Farm-City Week: Urban Agriculture: A Farm And City Mashup

Vance County has joined the ranks of many cities across the United States to begin reviewing local land use permit codes to include urban agriculture and allow locally grown, year round production of fresh foods within city limits. On November 3, 2015, the Henderson Zoning Board unanimously granted a Special Use Permit to two of […]

VGCC spotlights local craft artists at Farmers Market

Students from the Vance-Granville Community College NC REAL Professional Craft Artists Entrepreneurship program will be among the two dozen vendors participating in the Vance County Regional Farmers Market “Handcrafted Holiday Market,” to be held Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The holiday market will offer hands-on experience to those students who recently […]

NCDA&CS reminds users to submit soil samples by Nov. 30 to avoid peak-season fees

RALEIGH — With harvest nearing completion, growers and some home gardeners are likely beginning to think about taking soil samples to prepare for the next growing season. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds growers that samples submitted by Nov. 30 will be processed for free. Processing for those arriving between Dec. 1 […]

Registration open for One Medicine Symposium

RALEIGH – The medical link between humans and animals will be the focus next month at the One Medicine Symposium in Durham. The conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Imperial on Dec. 9 and 10, will focus on influenza preparedness and response activities for both human and animal medical teams. The annual conference […]

Vance County Farmers Market Winter Hours

Though the 2015 season is winding down, you can still find a great selection of produce, crafts and other items. If you haven’t visited recently, note that we now have a paved parking lot and a heated sales area! Also, stay tuned for details on a special market day on Thanksgiving week so you can […]