50 Days of Century Farms – A virtual celebration honoring 50 years of the Century Farm program

By on October 26, 2020

The Century Farm program is celebrating 50 years within the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The program strives to celebrate the hard work and achievements of North Carolina families who have kept their farm under family operation for 100 years or more. This year a celebration was to take place at the N.C. State Fair for these families, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that celebration has been postponed until 2021. However, these families work so hard to provide for the citizens of our state every day that we wanted to continue celebrating them this year virtually.

On Friday, Oct. 16, we began our 50 Days of Century Farms social media celebration series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For 50 days, we will feature one Century Farm family a day on these social media platforms. While this is nothing in comparison to an in person celebration, these families deserve to be recognized for all their hard work until life brings us together again. Tune in each day and join us in thanking these families and honoring their status as a Century Farm Family. See below for the first ten families being recognized as well as a message from North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler on what these families not only mean to the department as a whole, but to him as a farmer.

  1. Gross Farms – Sanford, N.C.
  2. Stony Knoll Vineyard – Dobson, N.C.
  3. Meadow Lane Farm – Louisburg, N.C.
  4. Bowden Family Farm – Willow Springs, N.C.
  5. Ketner Farms – Burlington, N.C.
  6. Twiddle Dee Farms – Clinton, N.C.
  7. Hillandale – Stokes County N.C.
  8. Benson Family Farm – Angier, N.C.
  9. Norris Farm – Boone, N.C.
  10. Hopeful Acres Farm – China Grove, N.C.

Cotton Incorporated – Growing the Fiber of Life

By on October 23, 2020

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Mac Griffin, of Cotton Incorporated, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our Facebook,

Forest sector delivers big for North Carolina

By on October 22, 2020

Trees are amazing. They help clean our air and water. They provide essential habitat for wildlife and cool swaths of shade during those hot Carolina summers. From the mountains to the sea in North Carolina, forestland provides the outdoor escape

Even without the State Fair, there’s no shortage of fair food

By on October 21, 2020

Although the N.C. State Fair is cancelled for 2020, there are a couple of ways the spirit of the fair lives on in some small ways. Junior livestock shows and horse shows are giving participants and their families a taste

Mitchell County Century Farm known for its molasses

By on October 21, 2020

In 1796, Hugh Harrell planted the roots of a family farm in Bakersville that would grow with love over the centuries. Harrell Hill Farms has produced a variety of products throughout time, but the family has always valued education and

Today’s Topic: While there is no State Fair this year, there are a few activities taking place at the State Fairgrounds you should know about.

By on October 20, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As we enter what should have been the final homestretch of the annual State Fair, there are still a few things happening

Growing apples one Stepp at a time

By on October 16, 2020

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Mike Stepp, of Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our

2020 National Champion chalk maple (Acer leucoderme) in Gaston County

Two of North Carolina’s newest national champs are BIG… trees!

By on October 15, 2020

American Forests’ National Register of Champion Trees began as a national competition with one goal in mind; to discover and preserve the largest living specimens of American tree species. This goal stemmed from a desire to protect and preserve these

Cost-share certification reimbursement grant available. Deadline is Nov.20.

By on October 14, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Organic growers can apply for 50 percent reimbursement for the cost to get certified or recertified. The deadline to apply is Nov.

Golden Organics – A small farm making a big difference

By on October 9, 2020

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Kendrick Ransome, owner of Golden Organics, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our