I was raised in the city and am now married to the farm. By day I am a Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. In the evening I am a farm wife and mother.

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Women in Ag: Think, Don't Just Thank

As you pause and give thanks this year at your Thanksgiving table, I challenge you to pause and think. 

Think about where your food comes from.

If you don’t know, take time to find out. Look at food labels. Ask your grocer. Take time to chat with the person at the farmers market. I know the sweet potatoes on our table came from our fields, but I don’t know where the rest of our meal is coming from.

Think about all the steps it takes to get food from seed to harvest.

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Women in Ag: Digging Sweet Potatoes After the Hurricane

It’s a race against time to get North Carolina sweet potatoes dug.

Hurricane Matthew dropped up to 15 inches of rain in some parts of the state in one day. Sweet potatoes are ideally planted on sandy soils that drain well. However, two weeks ago many of the same areas received 10 inches of rain. The soil didn’t have time to dry out before Matthew came to town. 

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Women In Ag: Hurricane Matthew Is Gone. However . . .

Hurricane Matthew passed over North Carolina on October 8. Almost one week later, the full extent of the damage is still not known.

Thousands of people who were forced to evacuate are still in shelters. Many more are without power or water. Swift water rescue teams have saved hundreds of people who couldn’t get to safety, yet 20 people have died.

The wind caused damage, but it’s the water that’s responsible for much of the heartache. As the storm blew around us, my Facebook feed was filled with requests for help: 

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