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A white-marked tussock caterpillar feeding on a leaf while perched on a branch.

North Carolina's Very Hungry Caterpillars

These cute and crinkly critters are found across the state, and the vast majority aren't pests. Discover a different spin on a common caterpillar story.

Red, White and 'Cue Backyard Barbecue Series

The 4th of July has come and gone, but the summer of celebration is just beginning! From delicious dry rubs to signature spare ribs, discover the secrets to making mouthwatering North Carolina BBQ all summer long.

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Learn and Explore

Discover the latest findings for the kitchen, garden and farm right here. We’ll share tasty, nutritious recipes and safe food prep tips; show you what’s in season and how it’s grown; and help you learn where your food comes from and what it takes to feed North Carolina.


From growing your own produce to composting your kitchen scraps, we’ll take you through the finer points of putting your green thumb to good use. Go ahead, get your hands dirty.


Join us in the kitchen as we share nutritious recipes, expert cooking advice and food preservation tips to help you make the most of all our state offers.  


We have a rich agricultural history in North Carolina, and the typical family farm is growing and changing all the time! Come with us as we meet some of the folks who are ensuring our food’s future.