North Carolina

A significant portion of our work focuses on our home state of North Carolina. Below are North Carolina farmers, researchers, community leaders and visionaries working to shape, protect, and support our food system.

Voices of North Carolina

North Carolina Food Youth Initiative Brings Young People into Social Transformation
Today, we're going to explore one way that young people in North Carolina are working to improve their local food system. The Food Youth Initiative is a program based in the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, which is housed at North Carolina State University.
Adam Zipkin on Transitioning to an Agricultural System that Benefits Everyone
Today, we're going to explore industrial agriculture and what that means to farmers and ranchers, to farm workers, to corporations, and consumers. Our guest today, Adam Zipkin, serves as council to New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker.
E136:  When North Carolina Schools Offer Free Meals – Academic Success
For youngsters in school, nutritional meals really do lead the higher grades and better performance across the board. Today we'll explore a policy called the Community Eligibility Provision or CEP that allows schools in low-income areas to offer free meals to all students.
E124: Food Insecurity Issues are Community Issues
So what comes to mind when you think of these words: life around the table? Do you think of good food or family or sharing maybe? But what about spirituality and faith? So we're continuing our exploration of food and faith issues in today's podcast. And I'm speaking with Reverend Dr.
The Role & Promise of Rural Faith Communities in Solving Hunger
Food insecurity in children is a tragic issue around the world and in the US. In America, the issue is especially challenging in rural areas.
How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the COVID-19 Pandemic
This podcast is part of a series on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system.
Elle Evans Peterson, Morgan Wittman Gramann
On March 14th of this year when Governor Cooper issued his Executive Order and closed North Carolina public schools statewide, the first challenge was how do we continue to offer this essential service and feed our students?
Food Fights - A Civil Conversation About Contemporary Food Debates
Understanding our current food system, where it came from and especially where it might go is much easier if one understands history.
Richard Linton on Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina
Agriculture is a remarkably complex, fascinating, and important topic. We all eat of course, but often we don't know much about the story of our food, how it gets produced, where it comes from, how technology, for example, can help provide wholesome, healthy, and safe food, and more.
Louise Metz on Weight Inclusive Medical Care
Weight stigma, bias and discrimination can have very profound impacts on individuals. Medical settings are a place where there are real opportunities to make change and today's guest, Dr. Louise Metz is a change maker.
Marlowe Vaughn and Bob Ivey on Myths and Misperceptions in the Pork Industry
Have you ever wondered whether they are antibiotics or hormones in your grocery store pork chops? Or what swine farmers do with their pig waste? Or maybe you're interested in buying locally grown foods, but you're not sure what that really means when you're in the grocery store.
Brandon Batten of Triple B Farms
Today I'm talking with Brandon Batten of Triple B Farms, a sixth generation farmer in Johnston County, North Carolina. Brandon's passion for agriculture comes from growing up on the farm and learning the ropes from his late grandfather.
Bert Pitt on Today's Farming Challenges
At the age of 68, Bert Pitt is lean and tan, with Robert Redford blue eyes and a working man's hands. He's a seventh generation farmer, raising cotton and sweet potatoes now, and lives in his family's ancestral home in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.
Dawson Pugh of Middlecreek Farms
Driving along the North Carolina coastline protected by the Outer Banks barrier islands, I pass swamps, canals and fields. I'm visiting an agricultural region called the Blacklands. The soil is black and fertile and the Blacklands range across eight counties.
Brandon Batton of Triple B Farms
Some farmers see industrial hemp as an opportunity to transition away from tobacco. Hemp is widely grown worldwide as a source of both fiber and oil seed.
Marlowe Vaughn and Bob Ivey
It's August in North Carolina and I'm here with Marlowe Vaughan and her father Bob Ivey at Razorback Farm, a family-owned pig farm in Goldsboro.
Gwen Pitt on the Changing Roles of Women in Farming
According to the US Department of Agriculture's census of agriculture, women now make up 36% of farmers and 56% of farms have at least one woman farmer. But this isn't a surprise to today's guest, Gwen Pitt of Pitt Family Farms in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.
Dawson Pugh and Farming with Hurricanes
At Middlecreek Farms, hurricanes shape the way Dawson Pugh farms his land. His property lies just two feet above sea level, and managing water is his biggest challenge.
Marlowe Vaughn on Hogs and Hurricanes
We're talking today with Bob Ivey and his daughter, Marlowe Vaughan, owners of Razorback Farms in Goldsboro where they raise pigs as a contractor for Maxwell Farms.
Gwen Pitt of Pitt Family Farms
Today we're talking with Gwen Pitt at the Pitt Family Farm located in Macclesfield, North Carolina, a rural city in Edgecombe County with a population of just 477 people. Gwen is the scout at the Pitt Farm.
Gwen and Bert Pitt of the Pitt Family Farm
More than 90% of farms in the US are small or family owned and operated businesses. These farms play a vital role in our economy and help to maintain rural populations.
Hickory Nut Gap Farm's Jamie Ager on Regenerative Grazing
Jamie and Amy Ager, and their extended family, co-own the Hickory Nut Gap Farm business, and the brand Hickory Nut Gap Meats.
Barry Popkin on the International Success of Soda Taxes
Taxes on sugar sweetened beverages now exist in a number of cities in the United States, including Philadelphia, Oakland, and San Francisco, and in more than 40 countries around the world.
Barry Popkin and Chile's Success with the Soda Tax
So what happens when a country gets really serious...REALLY serious about tackling diet, nutrition, and chronic disease? Is there a country in the world that stands out for taking the most imaginative and strongest action?
Kim LeQuire of Kornegay Farms
Has the buy local food movement helped farmers and open up new markets? Is organic farming really better than conventional farming? And what does it take to run a successful farming operation? We'll discuss these topics and more with today's guest Kim LeQuire.