Local needs drive the programming of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Surry County programs. And agriculture is still its "bread and butter," according to the county extension director.

North Carolina barbecue has a long history back to the late 1600s when settlers introduced pigs to the Albemarle area. ^cs

For Master Gardener Bob Kellam, gardening is more than a pastime. It’s a link to his childhood past and an opportunity to practice the sustainable agriculture techniques he believes are key to the future. He is one of North Carolina’s 4,000 Extension Master Gardener volunteers and president of the North Carolina Master Gardener Volunteer Association.

N.C. State University's BAE Research Shop built this garden scooter to give farmers with disabilities more mobility in the field.

FoodCorps marks first year. Service members serve in local schools to conduct nutrition education, engage students in building and tending school gardens and expand access to local, fresh produce in school cafeterias.

For property owners looking to find ways to earn money from their forested land, forest farming can be a promising alternative – or addition – to harvesting the trees. And for years, N.C. State University specialist Dr. Jeanine Davis has been helping these landowners make the most of that promise.

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