“Preserving the native plants, trees and grasses of this region provides a healthy habitat for native animals, birds, insects and fish to thrive,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. Read more


The 17th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival takes place May 19, in Elkin, North Carolina. Read more


Truffles in the Smokies

Susi Gott Séguret photos

In 1979, Franklin and Betty Garland pioneered truffle growing in North America, leading to the first commercially-grown truffles in the United States in 1992. Since then, they have shared their expertise with chefs, farmers and researchers. Read more



Photo courtesy of ASAP

Wandering through rows of blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry bushes is not only a delightful experience, it also creates direct connections between farmers and families. Read more


Microbreweries of the mountains are peddling more than pints these days. The Smokies’ national acclaim as a craft-beer destination has led the burgeoning microbrewery scene on a quest for expansion, one that’s intersecting with the region’s history. Read more


In a rural farming community outside the small Western North Carolina town of Waynesville, N.C., Skipper Russell’s thick hands have long toiled the fields, working the soil and picking the cucumbers, bell peppers and beans. Read more


Trosly Farms

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Trosly Farm owners Kaci and Amos Nidiffer grew up with farming in their families. Shortly after Kaci and Amos married in 2007, the couple purchased a relatively small parcel of land and old farmhouse that has become Trosly Farm. Read more


Backyard farmers know this well—there is little more satisfying and nutritious than food that tastes of where it has been raised. A tomato borne on hand-tended vines is a plump reward for careful cultivators. Read more


Sow True seeds

Margaret Hester photo