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A pair of gloved hands are holding and cutting through cooked pork butt barbecue on a red tabletop.

Cooking Up Community: North Carolina Barbecue

In North Carolina, barbecue is more than a meal. It is family, culture and tradition. And, to be authentic, it is pork.

If You Plant Them, They Will Grow

Green thumbs rejoice, it’s that time of year when we sow, grow and mow the months away! And Homegrown is here to help.

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. Journey with us across the state to discover how farmers produce many of our favorite foods and everyday products that we depend on.