Homegrown Handmade: Art Roads and Farm
Trails by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Click here to see if this title is available at a
library near you.
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As the library of North Carolina state government, our purpose is to
present factual information about North Carolina's history, culture,
government, and natural resources. We do our best to provide correct and
This month the State Library of North Carolina is celebrating agriculture, the leading
industry in North Carolina. Agriculture has long been a valued part of the
North Carolina economy. While in no way comprehensive, we've compiled a collection of resources for those interested in
the industry, history and culture of North Carolina
Did you know?
North Carolina is number one nationally in the production of flue-cured
tobacco and sweet potatoes.
North Carolina is second in the nation in the production of Christmas trees, hogs & pigs,
trout, and turkeys.
In 2011 North Carolina had 50,400 farms, with an average farm size of
169 acres. *2012 NC Agricultural Statistics Book, NCDA&CS Agricultural Statistics Division
Blue Ribbon Memories - Your History of the NC State Fair
An online exhibit created by the State Library of North Carolina featureing digitized North Carolina State Fair materials (premium lists, programs, and other memorabilia). Some fairgoers have also contributed Fair memories to an online archive on the site.
Green 'N' Growing
The site presents thousands of images and textual materials that document
the history of 4-H and Home Demonstration in North Carolina from the 1900s
to the 1970s.
North Carolina State Fair: the first 150
With an annual attendance of 800,000, the North Carolina State Fair is the
state's largest event and is the largest ten-day agricultural fair in the
United States. Published jointly with the North Carolina Department of
Agriculture, Melton A. McLaurin provides a comprehensive account of the
people, politics, and events that have shaped the annual autumn
How does NC Rank?
This 2012 Agricultural Statistics Book by the NCDA&CS Agricultural Statistics Division provides
agriculture rankings for some of the most popular crops and
livestock in addition to economic statistics.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the
resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State
University. Through educational programs, publications, and events,
Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based
information to North Carolina citizens.
North Carolina in the Global Economy
This website presents and analyzes up-to-date information on seven of North
Carolina's key industries, including: banking, biotechnology, furniture,
hog farming, information technology, textiles & apparel, and
North Carolina Wine & Grape
North Carolina ranks 7th in United States wine production and is home to
Biltmore Winery, the most visited winery in the country, and the world's
largest muscadine wine producer, Duplin Winery.
North Carolina State Beekeepers Association According to a 2005 estimate, honey bees account for approximately $154
million in annual crop productivity in North Carolina. This site
provides information about beekeeping, beekeeping associations
nationwide, and information for kids. Find additional information at NCpedia!
National Agricultural Law Center
In 1987, Congress recognized the University of Arkansas School of Law for
its "unique expertise in the area of agricultural law" and called for the
creation of the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and
Information at the Law School. Since then, the National Agricultural Law
Center has been funded with federal appropriations through the National
Agricultural Library, an entity within the Agricultural Research Service of
the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The School of Agriculture at NC A & T has a rich history of innovation
and application of cutting-edge technology. Through our Agricultural
Research Program and our Cooperative Extension Program, we are able to
research issues of importance to North Carolina and also provide
research-based outreach training to citizens across the state and around
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State
University "discovers, develops, teaches, and applies knowledge and
technology that enable students, clientele, and citizens of North Carolina
and others to improve the quality of their lives and to enhance the
agricultural, economic, environmental, and social well being of the state
and world and to create and extend new knowledge through scientific
research and extension in agriculture and the life sciences."
NC Project Food, Land & People
A workshop for K-12 educators illustrating connections between people,
agriculture and the environment. Activities have been correlated to the NC
Standard Course of Study.
Agriculture (CSA's) Community Supported Agriculture
consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm
operation so that the farmland becomes the community's farm, with the
growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks
and benefits of food production. Typically, members or "share-holders"
of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs
of the farm operation and farmer's salary. In return, they receive
shares in the farm's bounty. Members also share in the risks of
farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests.
Find a CSA, farmer's market or farm near you by using Local
Harvest, or, request FREE local produce postcards to
distribute from the Office of Environmental Education.
Collections related to North Carolina government
U.S. Agriculture Census
From 1820 to 1910 the U.S. government did an agriculture census;
unfortunately only the 1840-1880 Agriculture Census Schedules have
survived. The Government & Heritage Library has all of the surviving
Agriculture Schedules of North Carolina. For more information about what
can be found on the Agriculture Census Schedules and a complete list of
locations that have these records, check out this article.
See the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew
and processed tobacco. His sons later founded The American Tobacco Company,
the world's largest tobacco company. (NC Historic Sites, NC Department of Cultural Resources)
Historic Stagville Stagville was the largest plantation in the state during the Antebellum period. (NC Historic Sites, NC Department of Cultural Resources)
Horne Creek Farm
Once the Hauser family farm, Horne Creek enables visitors to experience
farm life in North Carolina's northwestern Piedmont circa 1900. (NC Historic Sites, NC Department of Cultural Resources)
During its 80 years as an active plantation (1785-1865), hundreds of acres
were converted into high yielding fields of rice, corn, oats, wheat, beans,
peas, and flax; sophisticated sawmills turned out thousands of feet of
lumber. By 1865, Somerset Place was one of the upper South's largest
plantations. Through one general tour, visitors explore the lives of the
plantation's owners, enslaved community, employed whites, and free
blacks. (NC Historic Sites, NC Department of Cultural Resources)
Visit NC Farm Fresh
Provides information about food related festivals throughout the year
and farm locations across the state that are open to the public.
NC Community Garden provides information about community gardens including
a free pdf book on starting a community garden. It also lists community
gardens in North Carolina by county.
Gillings Sustainable Agriculture
The Gillings Sustainable Agriculture Project is a two-year Gillings
Innovative Laboratory through the Gillings School of Global Public Health
established to study the public health impact of moving toward a local,
sustainable food system. Can eating local address obesity, the environment,
and economic viability? This blog also provides links to related local
organizations, resources, and blogs.
SEEDS (South Eastern Efforts Developing
Sustainable Spaces, Inc.)
A nonprofit community garden in Durham, NC with a youth gardening program,
DIG (Durham Inner-city Gardeners).
Universities promote agricultural awareness!
At UNC-Chapel Hill many students,
faculty, and community members participate in a campus garden that
provides low-wage workers at UNC access to fresh produce, although
anyone who works on the garden can take home produce. North Carolina State University has a
Farmer's Market on campus, as does Duke University.
Watch this video about Duke University Community Garden!
Agriculture Resources:Flock of chickens and a young
boy in a chicken yard somewhere in North Carolina, c1900. From the
Albert Barden Collection, N.53.16.4427, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.
Bee Photo: Apis mellifera flying back to its hive carrying pollen in a
pollen basket, photo courtesy of Muhammad Mahdi Karim accessed at Wikimedia. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or
modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free